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09-19

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
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Tim Britton

09-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Kevin Cash
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Tim Britton

08-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Rusty Kuntz
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Tim Britton

08-15

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Sims
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Tim Britton

07-18

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Prospectus Q&A: John Schiffner
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Tim Britton

07-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Dan Shaughnessy
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Tim Britton

06-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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Tim Britton

06-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason McLeod, Cubs VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting
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Tim Britton

05-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Rich Hill, Ace Pitcher
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Tim Britton

04-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Gabe Kapler, Dodgers Player Development Director
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Wilson Karaman

04-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Astros Pitching Coach Brent Strom
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Evan Drellich

02-21

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Prospectus Q&A: John Hart on Atlanta's Extension Spree and the Future of Club-Friendly Contracts
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Ben Lindbergh

08-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Donald Pries
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Lee Lowenfish

06-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan
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Ben Lindbergh

05-20

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Prospectus Q&A: The College of Coaches on Catcher Framing
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Ben Lindbergh

06-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Pitcher Workloads and Innings Limits: Two Industry Perspectives
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Ben Lindbergh

05-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Kevin Youkilis
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David Laurila

05-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Ben Revere
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David Laurila

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
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David Laurila

05-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Matt Capps
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David Laurila

04-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos
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David Laurila

04-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Suzyn Waldman
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David Laurila

04-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Teevan
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David Laurila

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
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David Laurila

04-18

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part V
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David Laurila

04-15

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part IV
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David Laurila

04-14

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III
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David Laurila

04-13

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II
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David Laurila

04-12

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Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part I
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David Laurila

04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bobby Jenks
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David Laurila

03-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Andrew Miller
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David Laurila

03-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Kelly
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David Laurila

03-22

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Prospectus Q&A: Quotes from Cardinals Camp
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David Laurila

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Duensing
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David Laurila

03-07

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Prospectus Q&A: The MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
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David Laurila

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Adam Greenberg
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David Laurila

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp
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David Laurila

02-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Prospect Edition
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David Laurila

02-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Monbouquette, Part Two
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David Laurila

01-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Monbouquette, Part One
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David Laurila

01-27

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Prospectus Q&A: John Axford
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David Laurila

01-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Drew Pomeranz
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David Laurila

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part II
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David Laurila

01-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Jack O'Connell, Part I
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David Laurila

01-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Hoynes
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David Laurila

01-14

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Prospectus Q&A: J.T. Snow
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David Laurila

01-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part II
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David Laurila

01-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Don Mincher, Part I
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David Laurila

01-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Billy Martin Jr.
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David Laurila

01-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Bob Kipper
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David Laurila

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Wrapping up a tour through the baseball rulebook with a look at discretionary calls, interference, neighborhood plays, the strike zone, rule changes, and instant replay.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 15, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part IV

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Next up, checking in on the number of outs in an inning, the ground rules, and what can be appealed.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 14, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part III

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David Laurila

Looking at boundary calls, hit-by-pitches, and how to safely reach first base.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 13, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part II

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David Laurila

Continuing a look at the nitty-gritty in the rulebook, checking in on what constitutes a catch and a balk.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 12, 2011 2:04 am

Prospectus Q&A: YOU Make the Call! Part I

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David Laurila

Fans love to call for the invention of RoboUmp, but the humans are the ones well-versed in the baseball rulebook.

Most baseball fans feel they know the rules, but many of them are actually misunderstood, at least their nuances and technical definitions. Even you are fairly well-versed in the rulebook, a primer never hurts, so BP asked the MLB Umpiring Department about 10 of them. Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Charlie Reliford, a 19-year major-league umpire, and Major League Baseball umpire supervisor Larry Young, a 23-year major-league umpire, provided the definitions and clarifications.

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April 1, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Bobby Jenks

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Though he's not slotted to pitch the ninth inning anymore, the new Red Sox set-up man is comfortable in his role and ready to contribute.

There is more to Bobby Jenks than the scary beard [is there a better way to describe it?] and much-publicized spring tiff with Ozzie Guillen. There is also more than the fastball, as the new addition to the Red Sox relief corps has evolved from a flame-throwing wild man into more of a craftsman. The erstwhile ChiSox closer hasn’t exactly turned into Greg Maddux—he still intimidates hitters with mid-90s heat and his mountain-man physique—but he incorporates a five-pitch mix into his attack plan.

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March 29, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Andrew Miller

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David Laurila

The former top prospect discusses his rocky road in the majors, how he has overhauled his pitching mechanics, and his mental approach to the game.

Andrew Miller is an enigma getting another chance. Just how many more he’ll get, or needs, remains to be seen, but it is notable that the flame-throwing southpaw is only 25. Given all he has been through, you’d be excused for thinking he is older.

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March 25, 2011 4:49 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Don Kelly

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David Laurila

Though the versatile fielder isn't a star, he brings more than just defensive flexibility to the table.

Don Kelly may well be the most valuable spare part in the American League. Reminiscent of Tony Phillips, the Tigers super-utilityman provides excellent versatility to Detroit’s roster, having seen time at seven different positions in his brief big-league career. He is expected to add an eighth this summer, and it is that versatility that makes him an asset. Since breaking in with the Pirates in 2007, Kelly has appeared in 84 games in left field, 30 at first base, 19 at third base, 12 in center field, five in both right field and shortstop, and four at second base.

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March 22, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Quotes from Cardinals Camp

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David Laurila

David Freese, Colby Rasmus, and Mark McGwire discuss their approaches to hitting.

David Freese and Colby Rasmus will play key roles for the Cardinals this year, as will their hitting coach, Mark McGwire. Both players will be counted on to provide offensive punch, while Big Mac will be entrusted to help the young sluggers surpass their 2010 production. Rasmus is coming off a season where he hit .276/.361/.498 with 23 home runs. Freese hit .296/.361/.404 with four home runs before having his rookie campaign derailed by an ankle injury after just 80 games.

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March 18, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Brian Duensing

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David Laurila

With a spot secure in the Twins' rotation, Duensing discusses his pitch repertoire, BABIP, and sequencing.

Brian Duensing is out to prove that his 2010 season was a sign of things to come and not a luck-influenced anomaly. The 28-year-old southpaw began last year in the Twins’ bullpen, only to move into the starting rotation after the All-Star break and impress to the tune of an 8-2 record in 13 starts. He was no less effective as a reliever, as his overall totals included a 10-3 record and a 2.62 ERA in 53 appearances. It was a heady first full big-league campaign, but two numbers offer a cautionary tale going forward: a .272 BABIP and a 5.37 K/9 rate.

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John Abbamondi, Joe Bohringer, and BP alum Jonah Keri discuss sharing ideas, using scouting versus statistics, and how the Rays work.

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Questions for today's Mets tryout revolve around trying to come back from getting hit by a life-threatening pitch.

Adam Greenberg doesn’t see himself as a victim, but you couldn’t blame him if he did. On July 9, 2005, Greenberg walked up to the plate in what is thus far his only big-league at-bat, and what happened next is nothing short of tragic. He saw just one pitch from Marlins left-hander Valerio de los Santos, and the next thing he knew he was sprawled in the batters’ box fearing for his life.

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