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June 9, 2011

The BP Wayback Machine: Draft Pickin', Grinnin', and Tradin'

by Gary Huckabay

What are the implications of allowing teams to trade draft picks?

May 4, 2011

The BP Wayback Machine: The GM Starter Pack

by Gary Huckabay

What books would you most want to see in your general manager's library?

February 3, 2011

The BP Wayback Machine: Baseball's Y2K1 Bugs

by Gary Huckabay

It's our new turn-back-the-clock exercise, as we bring back past articles and arguments as a way to remind you and us of what's changed, and what hasn't.

March 16, 2009

Premium Article 6-4-3: Why You’ve Paid It

by Gary Huckabay

Circumstance and necessity can create some perverse changes in value.

March 4, 2009

Premium Article 6-4-3: I Will Sell This House!

by Gary Huckabay

Manny Ramirez, doom and gloom in the East Bay, and what else is going on as we move into the New Depression.

July 1, 2008

Premium Article 6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting, Part Three

by Gary Huckabay

When everyone gets it, active collaboration becomes a reflection of the kind of progress that's been made.

April 13, 2008

Premium Article 6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting, Part Two

by Gary Huckabay

Having set the scenario, Gary explains what happened when he presented the concept to middle management.

March 14, 2008

6-4-3: Adventures in Consulting

by Gary Huckabay

Talking to those on the inside about what might make sense from the outside.

December 17, 2007

Premium Article 6-4-3: Value Over Jack Cust

by Gary Huckabay

Replacement Value isn't something quite so fixed and abstract as some might posit.

November 21, 2007

Premium Article 6-4-3: ESPN and MLB

by Gary Huckabay

When the answer to "who's now?" becomes "not you."

October 5, 2007

Premium Article 6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part Two

by Gary Huckabay

Gary finishes up his conversation with a pair of front office execs, touching on umpiring, agents, and slotting.

September 25, 2007

6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part One of Two

by Gary Huckabay

A conversation with a pair of baseball execs on hiring practices and living the life on the inside.

September 4, 2007

Analyze This: For What You Are About to Receive

by Gary Huckabay

BP's founder makes his comeback bearing an unsettling message.

March 5, 2007

Premium Article Hope and Faith: How the San Francisco Giants Can Win the World Series

by Gary Huckabay

Gary Huckabay breaks down just how enormous a factor luck is in creating a winner, and identifies the areas where the Giants need to find that good fortune in order to have a shot at the hardware in 2007.

February 11, 2005

6-4-3: Farewell

by Gary Huckabay

One of our own says goodbye.

December 6, 2004

Premium Article 6-4-3: Redecorating Your Glass House

by Gary Huckabay

Focusing on the baseball players' use of potentially performance-enhancing drugs and the men who supplied them misses the real issues emanating from last week's grand jury leaks.

July 20, 2004

Premium Article Prospectus Today: A Night at the Park, 2004

by Joe Sheehan and Gary Huckabay

After not getting to a game for the first seven weeks of the season, I've been living at the ballpark since Memorial Day weekend. That continued on Monday night, as I took in the Angels/Indians game with some of the guys who have been kicking my butt in AL Tout Wars this season. Sam Walker of the Wall Street Journal, who is actually working on a book about fantasy, was in town and dragged me, Jeff Erickson of Rotowire and Matt Berry of Rotoworld down to Anaheim to see the classic Kaz Tadano/Aaron Sele match-up. Obviously, I love baseball, and enjoy watching games whenever and wherever I can. But a night like this one--or like last month, when I got to see an Angels/Dodgers game with Jonah Keri, Rich Lederer, and Brian Gunn--is hard to beat. Watching a ball game while talking baseball for three hours with people who know and love the game might not be heaven, but you get a better view and St. Peter gets a little bit jealous.

May 25, 2004

6-4-3: Leaving the Shore

by Gary Huckabay

I found out about Doug Pappas' tragic passing on Friday. There were phone messages on both my cell phone and home phone from a number of people, all with a more serious tone to their voices than you'd really like to hear. None of the people actually left the momentous news, but rather some version of "Give me a call the second you get this message." Moments later, I checked my e-mail, and a barrage of messages with the header "Sad News" scrolled up my screen. Doug Pappas had passed away. My friend, a colleague for whom I have immense respect, and all-around good guy, had departed from us too soon. My initial response was the same during those horrid times when another friend had died; it sounds strange, but my first impulse is to give him a call and find out what was really going on. It can't be right, you know? This has got to be some sort of misunderstanding, right? Doug's only 43, in good health, and a standup guy. Must be someone else. There's definitely a big ball of confusion out there, and this is completely out of left field. I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach and stolen the air from the room, but I knew it was a mistake. Had to be. It wasn't. And we are all diminished because of it. Doug's particular chosen role was a particularly difficult one--to call the powerful on the inaccuracy or dishonesty of their public statements. That's not easy. Over the years, Doug came out and publicly pointed out the inaccuracies, contradictions, and misleading nature of Major League Baseball's financial disclosures. He did his homework, explained his position, made sure that the MLB functionary's agenda was understood by the public, and stood by his work. It was an often thankless and misunderstood role, but the public interest was well served because Doug was willing to vigorously undertake it.

March 29, 2004

6-4-3: Hard to Dampen the Joy

by Gary Huckabay

Back by popular demand, I bring you another installment of "Conversations With Dave," which are, in fact, not with Dave, but with someone not named Dave at all, who's not a stathead or blogger, or even a management consultant. The conversation was not transcribed perfectly, but Dave has had an opportunity to review and approve the final copy, to make certain he wasn't misrepresented.

February 28, 2004

Premium Article 6-4-3: Beating Eric Gagne

by Gary Huckabay

The Dodgers offered a number of $5 million, and Gagne's rep, Scott Boras, offered $8 million. How come the lower number was so compelling? Sadly, the current CBA lacks a clause allowing unfettered access to the process to self-important analysts, so we have to posit a little, and ask around some front offices to hear possible explanations. One NL exec had this to say: "Boras overreached." Not that there's a whole lot of ambiguity in that statement, but after prodding, the exec clarified the statement: "Gagne's in his first year of eligibility, and there's a bunch of comparable guys. They're not as good, but they're a clear baseline from which it'd be easy to convince the panel to work." This is true.

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