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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
by
David Laurila

05-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Ben Revere
by
David Laurila

05-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Trumbo
by
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
by
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
by
David Laurila

04-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Larry Rothschild
by
David Laurila

04-18

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

04-15

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

04-14

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

04-13

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

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Duensing
by
David Laurila

03-07

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

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Adam Greenberg
by
David Laurila

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Coco Crisp
by
David Laurila

02-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Prospect Edition
by
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
by
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
by
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

12-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Best of Q&A 2010
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David Laurila

12-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Will Rhymes
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David Laurila

12-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Six on Scouting
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David Laurila

12-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Edwin Rodriguez
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David Laurila

12-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Fredi Gonzalez
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David Laurila

12-10

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Quade
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David Laurila

12-07

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Prospectus Q&A: Michael Saunders
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David Laurila

12-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Jimmy Wynn
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David Laurila

11-30

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Sipp
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David Laurila

11-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Jane Leavy, Part III
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David Laurila

11-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Jane Leavy, Part II
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David Laurila

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The former big-leaguer and current president of the Southern League discusses baseball during his playing days, his career, and players from his era.

Don Mincher is a proud man, and a true baseball lifer. Currently the president of the Double-A Southern League, the 72-year-old Mincher signed his first professional contract in 1956 and went on to spend 13 seasons as a big-league first baseman before turning his attention to front-office duties.

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The son of the fiery manager discusses his father's multiple tenures with the Yankees, his Hall of Fame credentials, and his impact on the game.

Love him or hate him, the late Billy Martin was one of the most successful managers in big-league history. He was also no paragon of virtue, which makes him a controversial figure when it comes to his Hall of Fame worthiness. That decision now rests with the veterans’ committee, which thus far has not deemed him worthy of the honor.

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January 4, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Bob Kipper

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David Laurila

Red Sox minor-league pitching coach Bob Kipper recalls his major-league playing experiences.

Before he became a highly-regarded minor-league pitching coach, Bob Kipper lived the dream that he now helps others pursue. The 46-year-old erstwhile left-hander spent eight seasons in the big leagues, and while his record was humble—27-37 with a 4.34 ERA and 11 saves—he considers himself privileged to have simply earned the opportunity. Taken eighth overall in the 1982 draft by the California Angels, Kipper was traded to Pittsburgh three years later and logged the bulk of his 247 career appearances with the Pirates. He has been a pitching coach in the Red Sox organization since 1999, and he spent the 2010 season mentoring hurlers in Double-A Portland.

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A look back at some of the top quotes from the 2010 season.

It was a busy year for the Prospectus Q&A series in 2010. Over 100 full-length interviews graced these pages from January through December, and I hope that most were entertaining and/or informative. As always, it was a pleasure to bring them to the BP community. Here is a selection of the best quotes from the interviews:

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December 24, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Will Rhymes

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David Laurila

The Tigers rookie discusses getting to his road to the majors and succeeding despite his size.

When Will Rhymes made his big-league debut this summer, it represented a win for the underdog—the undersized underdog. The Tigers rookie is 5-foot-9 and 150 pounds, and he came into professional baseball as a senior sign who was drafted in the 27th round. He proceeded to hit well in the minor leagues, topping the .300 mark three times in six years, but he was never all that highly regarded as a prospect.

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Several well-respected baseball men reflect on what it takes to be a scout.

Scouting is both an art and an inexact science, and it is important to remember that it is also a vocation. It could even be called a lifestyle. The life of a scout isn’t an easy one—you put a lot of miles on your car and the paychecks aren’t very big—but it is a job that many love. There are successes and failures, and no shortage of good stories, but above all the game wouldn’t survive without the men who do the job. In an era of statistical analysis and sabermetric evaluation, scouting remains the heart and soul of baseball.

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The Marlins' manager talks about having the interim tag removed from his title and his thoughts on strategy and preparation.

Edwin Rodriguez is a young manager for a young baseball team. The Marlins’ skipper has celebrated 50 birthdays, so he’s no spring chicken in that respect, but his big-league managerial experience consists of the three months he spent at the helm after replacing Fredi Gonzalez last summer.

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December 14, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Fredi Gonzalez

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David Laurila

The man tasked with succeeding Bobby Cox as the Braves' skipper discusses managing techniques, statistics, and infield shifts.

Fredi Gonzalez is no stat geek—at least not yet—but he clearly recognizes the importance of data. The 46-year-old Cuba native was weaned in the trenches of the minor leagues, but over time he has evolved into a numbers-savvy manager willing to employ a shift or tweak a batting order for reasons other than, “My gut told me to do it.”

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The Cubs' manager discusses in-game tactics, managing, and managing philosophies.

Mike Quade is having fun. The Cubs’ skipper has his work cut out for him—the squad he inherited from Lou Piniella finished in fifth place in the NL Central—but the 53-year-old Evanston, Illinois native loves his new job. The long-time minor-league manager and big-league coach took over when Piniella stepped down in late August, leading the team to a 24-13 record and subsequently had the word “interim” stripped from his title. Quade talked about his managerial approach, including his reliance on data, during this week’s Winter Meetings.


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December 7, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Michael Saunders

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David Laurila

The Mariners' left fielder discusses playing baseball in Canada, his major-league debut, and life in the minors.

In many ways, Michael Saunders exemplifies the 2010 Seattle Mariners. The talented young outfielder came into the season oozing promise, but things didn’t quite go as planned. He came into the campaign ranked as Kevin Goldstein’s second-best prospect in the organization, but in 100 games he struggled, hitting .211/.295/.367 with 10 home runs. Saunders, who celebrated his 24th birthday in November, remains a big part of the Mariners’ future, but much like the team, he is faced with the challenge of turning things around in 2011.

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The Toy Cannon discusses baseball in the 1960s, hitting home runs in a big ballpark and some Hall of Fame teammates.

Jimmy Wynn is a humble man, and he is also one of the most underrated players in baseball history. Known throughout his big-league career (1963-77) as “The Toy Cannon,” the 5-foot-9, 170 pound outfielder was not only a prodigious power hitter in one of baseball’s worst hitting environments, he was an on-base machine who could run. Originally drafted by Cincinnati, he spent most of his career playing in the Houston Astrodome and finished with 291 home runs, 225 stolen bases, a .366 OBP, and a 128 OPS+.

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November 30, 2010 9:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Tony Sipp

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David Laurila

The Indians' left-handed reliever discusses his baseball beginnings, growing up in Mississippi, and setting an example.

Tony Sipp wants to be more than just a role model. The Indians’ southpaw is already a rag-to-riches story, having established himself in the big leagues after being taken in the 45th round of the 2004 draft as an undersized college pitcher with questionable mechanics. In two seasons with the Tribe, the 27-year-old Sipp has appeared in 116 games, all out of the bullpen, with a 4-2 record, 3.67 ERA, and a .209 BAA.

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