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December 18, 2012

Painting the Black: The Unimaginable Base-Stealing Genius of Coco Crisp

by R.J. Anderson

How does Coco Crisp steal bases at such a high rate? He's sort of brilliant, is how.

December 12, 2012

Painting the Black: Stubbs in Reverse

by R.J. Anderson

What turned Drew Stubbs from the player he was to the player he is?

November 26, 2012

Painting the Black: What's Wrong With Wil Myers?

by R.J. Anderson

The Royals are 'listening' to offers for the elite prospect. Is it because something is wrong with Myers or just one of those things?

November 5, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents

by R.J. Anderson

The names baseball will be obsessing over for the next three months.

October 30, 2012

Painting the Black: Evaluating the Non-Tender Class of '11

by R.J. Anderson

It's the time for non-tenders. R.J. looks back at last year's giveaways to see which fared the best.

October 24, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: Opposite Day

by R.J. Anderson

How do you sell a mismatch like Zito vs. Verlander? By highlighting the differences.

September 25, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: What's Brewing in Milwaukee

by R.J. Anderson

The Brewers seemed to wave the white flag in July. Ever since they've been white hot.

September 20, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: Attention Hollywood: The A's Bullpen Is Pretty Interesting

by R.J. Anderson

Oakland's successful bullpen comprises good stories and impressive performances. So if some movie producer wants to option R.J.'s screenplay...

September 18, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: Vogelsong (Remix)

by R.J. Anderson

One month ago, R.J. was bullish on Ryan Vogelsong, and he wasn't alone. What about now?

September 12, 2012

Painting the Black: How to Fail at Managing

by R.J. Anderson

When it comes to talking about managers, it's as easy to ignore the most crucial skill as it is to overstate it.

September 6, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: September Roster Rules Changes Needed?

by R.J. Anderson

R.J. examines the movement to alter September roster rules.

September 5, 2012

Painting the Black: Chipper, Loyalty and the Two-Way Street

by R.J. Anderson

Chipper Jones chose to stay an Atlanta Brave until the end. But he also earned it, with a spectacular career.

August 28, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Breakout Hero of the 75-Pitch Rotation

by R.J. Anderson

The Rockies' Adam Ottavino has emerged as an excellent long man this year. Does this mean he should be moved to the rotation?

August 23, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: Broken Romero

by R.J. Anderson

Ricky Romero had a bad start for the ages Tuesday. Are his troubles a simple matter of confidence?

August 16, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: In Houston, an Unexpected Somebody

by R.J. Anderson

The Astros haven't surprised anybody. But one Astro has.

August 13, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: Same Vogelsong, Second Verse

by R.J. Anderson

Ryan Vogelsong has arguably surpassed his WTF 2011 season for WTFness. A new level of success requires a new look at how he's doing it.

August 6, 2012

Painting the Black: John Jaso and the Changes That Work

by R.J. Anderson

The Mariners saw something they liked in John Jaso. After a few changes, Jaso has power you never saw coming.

July 27, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Guy With Baseball's Best ERA+ Since 2011

by R.J. Anderson

Looking at the interesting way that an interesting guy has been interestingly great.

July 23, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Surprise From Japan

by R.J. Anderson

Norichika Aoki has been everything the Brewers perhaps never expected. What's next?

July 16, 2012

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Rewritable Alex Rios

by R.J. Anderson

The White Sox center fielder is good, again, surprisingly (for now).

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