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11-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Internet Commenters Try to Trade for Giancarlo Stanton
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Ben Lindbergh

11-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Farewell, Alfonso Soriano
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BP Staff

10-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Fourteen Years of Brian Roberts
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BP Prospect Staff

10-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: So Long, Josh Beckett
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BP Staff

09-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: So long Abreu; Farewell, Willingham
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Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Dayton Moore's First Week
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Rany Jazayerli

09-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Many Moments of Paul Konerko
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BP Staff

09-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: A Fan's Quandary/A New Low
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Derek Zumsteg

08-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: King Felix Arrives
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Jonah Keri

08-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Moral Hazards of the Hit Batsman
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Dan Fox

07-16

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The BP Wayback Machine: Being There
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Derek Zumsteg

04-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Another Opening Day
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Kevin Goldstein

03-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Rick Ankiel and Guillermo Mota: Two Careers in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

03-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Inside Tommy John Surgery
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Will Carroll and Thomas Gorman

02-27

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The BP Wayback Machine: Carl Pavano: A Career in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

02-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Agents, the Draft, and the NCAA
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Kevin Goldstein

02-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: Ryan Dempster and Jake Westbrook: Two Careers in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

02-13

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The BP Wayback Machine: Derek Jeter's Career in Player Comments
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Baseball Prospectus

02-11

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The BP Wayback Machine: Arbitration Negotiations
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Tommy Bennett

01-31

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The BP Wayback Machine: Which Players and Teams Look Best Over the Next Half-Decade?
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Nate Silver

01-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: Who Yu Gonna Call?
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Kevin Goldstein

01-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Old You're In, You're Out
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Joe Sheehan

01-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Nose Knows
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Steven Goldman

12-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Money of Matsuzaka
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Joe Sheehan

12-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: Managing Expectations
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Kevin Goldstein

12-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: Winter Meetings Review
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Joe Sheehan

11-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Guessing Game
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Joe Sheehan

11-20

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The BP Wayback Machine: How to Make Up a Good Trade Rumor
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Matt Swartz

11-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: Today's Oxymoron is Free Agents
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James Click

11-01

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The BP Wayback Machine: What Makes a Good World Series?
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Tommy Bennett

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Game Last
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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The BP Wayback Machine: New Ways to Spell Relief
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Joe Sheehan

09-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Tuesday Morning Ten Pack, 9/05/06
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Kevin Goldstein

09-17

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Tiger Plan
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Nate Silver

09-06

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The BP Wayback Machine: Locking it Up: Does Clinching Early Help?
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Mike Carminati

08-23

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The BP Wayback Machine: Hatching Cardinals
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Bryan Smith

07-26

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The BP Wayback Machine: Development Disasters
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Kevin Goldstein

06-07

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Source of the AL's Superiority
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Matt Swartz

05-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: In the Slot
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Gary Huckabay

05-24

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The BP Wayback Machine: How the Indians Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

05-03

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The BP Wayback Machine: Hot Starts, Part III
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Rany Jazayerli

04-25

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The BP Wayback Machine: There is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

04-19

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The BP Wayback Machine: Remembering Jackie Robinson, and the Man Who Taught Me About Him
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Jay Jaffe

04-05

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The BP Wayback Machine: Simmer. Down. Now.
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Joe Sheehan

03-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: Opening Day Goodbyes
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Jim Baker

03-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Q&A: Rick Porcello
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David Laurila

03-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: Do Spring Speeds Matter?
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Mike Fast

03-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Passion
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Joe Sheehan

02-28

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The BP Wayback Machine: How Good is Aroldis Chapman?
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Clay Davenport

02-21

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The BP Wayback Machine: Your Guide to Spring Training
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Jim Baker

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What we wrote about a retiring pitcher-turned-hitter and a retiring hitter-turned-pitcher in BP annuals from 1999 through 2014.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Last week, both Rick Ankiel and Guillermo Mota announced their retirements. Both position-switching players appeared in the Baseball Prospectus annual well over 10 times, so as a career retrospective, we've collected the comments our book authors have written about them over the years. As a reminder, annual comments through 2013 are available to BP subscribers on our player cards. Baseball Prospectus 2014 is on sale now.

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Remembering the late Dr. Frank Jobe's medical marvel.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On September 22, 2004, Baseball Prospectus published the following feature on Tommy John surgery to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the first time the procedure was performed. On June 15, 2009, Will Carroll reran that feature to accompany a new audio interview with Tommy John and Dr. Frank Jobe, who pioneered the surgery. Jobe passed away on Thursday at the age of 88; in his honor, we republish both Thomas' feature and Will's interview today.

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What we wrote about the retiring pitcher in BP annuals from 1997 through 2013.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On Wednesday, Carl Pavano announced his retirement. Pavano first appeared in the Baseball Prospectus annual in 1997, and as a career retrospective, we've collected the comments our book authors have written about him over the years. As a reminder, annual comments through 2013 are available to BP subscribers on our player cards. Baseball Prospectus 2014 is on sale now.

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The Phillies reportedly told on an unsigned draft pick for using an agent. Which raises the question: What's the difference between an agent and an advisor?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

After failing to sign him, the Phillies reportedly turned in 2013 fifth-round pick Ben Wetzler for breaking an NCAA rule by using an agent. Kevin Goldstein explained the subtle difference between an agent and an advisor in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on May 16, 2008.

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What we wrote about two retiring pitchers in BP annuals from 1998 through 2014.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On Friday, Jake Westbrook announced his retirement, and on Sunday, Ryan Dempster announced that he won't pitch in 2014, potentially bringing his career to an end. Both pitchers first appeared in the Baseball Prospectus annual in 1998, and as a career retrospective, we've collected the comments our book authors have written about them over the years. As a reminder, annual comments through 2013 are available to BP subscribers on our player cards. Baseball Prospectus 2014 is on sale now.

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What we wrote about Derek Jeter in every BP annual from 1996 to 2014.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

On Wednesday, Derek Jeter announced his intention to retire after the 2014 season. Like Jeter, the BP annual has been around for 19 seasons, so until his career comes to a complete stop, we can think of no better retrospective than the collection of comments our annual authors (including Joe Sheehan, Steven Goldman, and Ben Lindbergh) have written about him over the years. (Don't worrysomeday, we'll tell you what we think of his defense.) As a reminder, annual comments through 2013 are available to BP subscribers on our player cards. Baseball Prospectus 2014 is on sale now.

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How the percentages show that it behooves management and players to settle their cases.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Tommy Bennett tried to determine how teams and players come up with the arbitration figures they exchange in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as an "Expanded Horizons" column on February 2, 2010.

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Which players did PECOTA's five-year forecasts like 10 years ago?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Ten years ago, Nate Silver looked five years ahead in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published on April 2, 2003.

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Flash back to a time when multiple industry insiders preferred Ian Kennedy to Yu Darvish.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

After the Rangers won the posting rights to Yu Darvish, Kevin Goldstein asked industry insiders to compare Darvish to five other starters in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Future Shock" column on December 21, 2011.

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A humble proposal of a more equitable and efficient voting process for induction into the Hall of Fame.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Joe Sheehan anticipated many 2014 complaints about the Hall of Fame election process in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Today" column on December 18, 2008.

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On the Hall of Fame and the insensitivity of the sniff test.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Steven Goldman took Hall of Fame voters who go with their gut (or their nose) to task in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "You Could Look it Up" column on January 27, 2009.

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What we said when the Red Sox paid the posting fee for Dice-K.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audience, send us your suggestion.

Joe Sheehan responded to the news of the sum the Red Sox agreed to pay to talk to Daisuke Matsuzaka in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Prospectus Today" column on November 16th, 2006.

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