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08-19

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You Could Look It Up: Not a One-Shot Wonder
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Steven Goldman

08-03

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You Could Look It Up: The Showalter Gambit
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Steven Goldman

07-30

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You Could Look It Up: The Futility of Selling
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Steven Goldman

07-14

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You Could Look It Up: Steinbrenner: Baseball Operator
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Steven Goldman

07-09

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You Could Look It Up: The Point of Deadline Deals
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Steven Goldman

06-28

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You Could Look It Up: The Dusty Discontents (or You Must be a Cubs Fan)
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Steven Goldman

06-25

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You Could Look It Up: Dusty Baker and the Johnny Oates Affair
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Steven Goldman

06-18

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You Could Look It Up: What's Wrong with the Red Sox?
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Steven Goldman

06-08

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You Could Look It Up: Is Losing This Pick Really Necessary?
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Steven Goldman

05-31

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You Could Look It Up: Memorial Day Meditations
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Steven Goldman

03-23

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You Could Look It Up: Get Back in Line, Part 4
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Steven Goldman

03-11

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You Could Look It Up: Get Back in Line, Part 3
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Steven Goldman

02-21

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You Could Look It Up: Get Back in Line, Part 2
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Steven Goldman

02-18

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You Could Look It Up: Get Back in Line, Part 1
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Steven Goldman

02-11

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You Could Look It Up: Three Joes and Some Other Guys Named Overbay
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Steven Goldman

01-26

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You Could Look It Up: The Statheads vs. Blondy Ryan
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Steven Goldman

01-18

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You Could Look It Up: Enhanced?
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Steven Goldman

01-08

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You Could Look It Up: First-Base Horrors
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Steven Goldman

11-10

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You Could Look It Up: You Can't Spell 'Genius' with IBB
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Steven Goldman

11-04

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You Could Look It Up: Throwing The Series Away
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Steven Goldman

11-01

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You Could Look It Up: He Should Have Picked Lee
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Steven Goldman

10-01

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You Could Look It Up: Walkless in Wrigleyville
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Steven Goldman

09-29

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You Could Look It Up: Fifth-Corner Recycling
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Steven Goldman

09-18

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You Could Look It Up: Mauer's Tower of Accomplishment
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Steven Goldman

09-11

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You Could Look It Up: A Triple Play of Pondering
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Steven Goldman

09-04

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You Could Look It Up: No Juice at Bailout Field
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Steven Goldman

08-26

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You Could Look It Up: Don't Fence Me In
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Steven Goldman

08-18

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You Could Look It Up: You're Demoted
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Steven Goldman

08-11

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You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts
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Steven Goldman

08-04

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You Could Look It Up: A Whiter Shade of Pale Hose
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Steven Goldman

07-28

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You Could Look It Up: Exhuming McCarthy, Burying Omar
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Steven Goldman

07-21

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You Could Look It Up: A Nationals Disgrace?
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Steven Goldman

07-14

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You Could Look It Up: Royal Pains
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Steven Goldman

07-10

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You Could Look It Up: All-Star Obscurities
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Steven Goldman

07-03

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You Could Look It Up: The Difference a Manny Makes
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Steven Goldman

06-30

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You Could Look It Up: Lest We Forget
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Steven Goldman

06-24

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You Could Look It Up: Bruised but Unbowed?
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Steven Goldman

06-19

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You Could Look It Up: Inglorious Bastards
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Steven Goldman

06-09

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You Could Look It Up: The Naked Draft
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Steven Goldman

06-04

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You Could Look It Up: The No-Decision Kings
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Steven Goldman

06-02

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You Could Look It Up: The Matt Wieters of 1947
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Steven Goldman

05-26

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You Could Look It Up: Bad Offense Recital
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Steven Goldman

05-22

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You Could Look It Up: Ryan Zimmerman
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Steven Goldman

05-21

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You Could Look It Up: The Relaunched
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Steven Goldman

05-14

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You Could Look It Up: Roster Crunches
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Steven Goldman

05-12

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You Could Look It Up: The Importance of Being Paul Waner
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Steven Goldman

05-05

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You Could Look It Up: Kevin Youkilis
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Steven Goldman

04-30

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You Could Look It Up: The Squat Tax?
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Steven Goldman

04-28

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You Could Look It Up: Why Babe Phelps and I Weren't in St. Louis Last Week
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Steven Goldman

04-22

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You Could Look It Up: Reality Therapy
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Steven Goldman

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September 11, 2009 1:10 pm

You Could Look It Up: A Triple Play of Pondering

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Steven Goldman

Three less-than-urgent questions for a rainy September day.

1. Is Jarrod Washburn the Tigers' Steve Trout?

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Should the Mets try to go from being slapped around to getting slappy?

Between injuries and general impotence, the Mets have just one player in double-figure home runs, the superannuated Gary Sheffield with 10. It's like they're doing an imitation of the 1980s Cardinals without the stolen bases. Sheffield is on the shelf with lower back pain and isn't likely to play much the rest of the year, so it's very possible he will stick at 10. Any number of Mets may pass him in the season's final month, but right now the Mets' list of who's hit how many home runs is reminiscent of that of the 1986 Cards, an anorexic outfit that batted .236/.309/.327 and had just one hitter in double figures for homers, Andy Van Slyke. They did offset their lack of power to some degree by stealing 262 bases. The Mets have 106 swiped bags to lead the National League. Times, as Cole Porter wrote, have changed.

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August 26, 2009 12:26 pm

You Could Look It Up: Don't Fence Me In

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Steven Goldman

Griping over New Yankee Stadium inspires a trip to review the virtues of a Coliseum of yore.

Writing recently in Pinstriped Bible, I dismissed those who would condemn the offensive generosity of the new Yankee Stadium, saying:

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August 18, 2009 1:15 pm

You Could Look It Up: You're Demoted

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Steven Goldman

Shipping out faltering prospects isn't something that just happens to J.J. Hardy or Chris Young.

Hitters usually have a fairly linear development path. Pitchers may invent a new pitch or adjust their mechanics and in the process transform themselves from year to year, but hitters progress more steadily, evolving by steady degrees. Once a hitter has established himself as a regular in the major leagues, it is unusual to see them suddenly regress to the point that, after a period of years and/or a substantial number of games, they have to be sent back to the minor leagues for reeducation. Yet, that is exactly what has happened this season with two notable players, center fielder Chris B. Young of the Diamondbacks and shortstop J.J. Hardy of the Brewers.

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August 11, 2009 1:20 pm

You Could Look It Up: On Droughts and Drafts

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Steven Goldman

That brief moment when shortstops put first basemen in their shadows.

On Monday, Kevin Goldstein wrote about a talent drought as far as the lack of prospective left-side infielders coming into the minor leagues in recent years. While Kevin's article suggests that this may be the result of systemic changes in the way young players are treated before turning pro, it is also true that such fluctuations in the player supply have happened before. In the 1980s it was catchers; for a brief period it seemed as if the future of backstopping was going to look like Ron Karkovice and not Joe Mauer, so few were the attractive prospects at the position.

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A grab bag of Sox-related reminiscences from the pages of South Side history.

With all quiet after the trading deadline, a grab-bag o'thoughts. I didn't intend for this to be the case, but somehow things keep circling back to the White Sox:

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July 28, 2009 12:27 pm

You Could Look It Up: Exhuming McCarthy, Burying Omar

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Steven Goldman

The controversy over who's been saying what to whom in New York doesn't obscure a problem with accepting responsibility.

If you're a student of Cold War politics, or perhaps just a fan of early R.E.M., Monday's Omar Minaya press conference announcing the termination of Mets Vice President of Player Development Tony Bernazard might have had a familiar ring to it. The moment came when Minaya deviated from his "I'm not going to get into the details" stance to accuse New York Daily News beat writer Adam Rubin of writing reports on Bernazard's inappropriate behavior because, "Adam, for the past couple of years, has lobbied for a player development position."

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July 21, 2009 12:06 pm

You Could Look It Up: A Nationals Disgrace?

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Steven Goldman

With a review of the Phillies of old, judging the skippers of maladministered franchises has its problems.

With their sixth consecutive loss on Monday night, the Washington Nationals dropped their season winning percentage to .283. This is a very special record to have. In the modern history of baseball (1901 to present), only 14 teams have had a winning percentage of .283 or lower. The most recent of these was the 2003 Detroit Tigers. The worst winning percentage of the 20th or 21st centuries belongs to the 1916 Athletics, a team of rookies and sandlot players thrown together by Connie Mack after a thoroughgoing purge of the roster. That team went 36-117, a winning percentage of .235. The Nationals won't fall that far, of course-although it's mathematically possible as long as they maintain their current streak. This is probably not what Nationals ownership had in mind when they had Manny Acta canned going into the All-Star break.

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July 14, 2009 12:30 pm

You Could Look It Up: Royal Pains

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Steven Goldman

The worst-ever deals in KC history involve a couple of cringe-worthy classics.

Last week I was reading Joe Posnanski's reaction to the Royals' acquisition of Yuniesky Betancourt and was struck by this passage:

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The few, the briefly proud, the truly ephemeral All-Stars of the pre-war era.

Part of the fun of All-Star Game rosters is trying to guess which players are the most out of place, the guys whose careers will be so obscure in a few years that future generations will look at their selection and say, "Who?" My guess for each league this year will be Brian Fuentes and Yadier Molina, but a few of those players from the past:

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July 3, 2009 11:04 am

You Could Look It Up: The Difference a Manny Makes

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Steven Goldman

Or why you need to keep Pierre in a Dakota to be named later.

With Manny Ramirez about to return to the Dodgers' lineup, having completed his suspension, there has been much grumbling about the supposed great injustice about to be suffered by Juan Pierre. Despite having done such a fine job substituting for Ramirez, the speedy singles hitter is about to head back to the bench. This is somehow construed to be unjust, but just as was true at the start of the season, the bench is the only appropriate destination for Pierre given an outfield already stocked with Ramirez, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier.

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June 30, 2009 12:13 pm

You Could Look It Up: Lest We Forget

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Steven Goldman

Upon reflection of Mo's latest relief feat, a review of a quartet of unremarked yet remarkable great seasons by past pen men.

In yesterday's Pinstriped Bible, I used BP's list of wins added by relievers (WXRL) as a way of demonstrating the uniqueness of Mariano Rivera's career, this on the occasion of his 500th save. I picked an arbitrary cutoff, the top 200 seasons as ranked by that statistic, and counted how many times each pitcher appeared on the list, dropping those that only made it to the top 200 once or twice. Seventy-eight pitchers made the list just once, and another 24 got there twice. The list of the remaining 74:

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