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February 19, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: San Diego High School Baseball at the Turn of the Millennium

by Geoff Young

San Diego has a rich baseball tradition, and many big-league stars have roots in Southern California.

February 12, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Three Former Astros

by Geoff Young

The Astros aren't great now, but once upon a time, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, and Cesar Cedeno made them look respectable. Also, a look at what would have been written in BP Annuals of the '60s and '70s.

February 4, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: They Took Their Turn

by Geoff Young

Is a starting rotation in which all five pitchers make at least 30 starts the hallmark of a championship-caliber team?

January 29, 2013

Western Front: Pass the Bonds, Please

by Geoff Young

Barry Bonds' career walk totals are mind-boggling, but they're even more so when you look between the numbers.

January 22, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Pacific Surfliner

by Geoff Young

A trip along the coast brings to mind many ballplayers who have called SoCal home, and serves as a reminder that Anaheim is not in Los Angeles.

January 15, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Zeroes and Ones

by Geoff Young

Those men who have received zero or one vote on Hall of Fame ballots get one more chance to crack an All-Star team.

January 8, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: What Will Become of Neftali Feliz?

by Geoff Young

What can history tell us about Neftali Feliz's potential career trajectory?

December 18, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: An Almost Defense of Kevin Towers

by Geoff Young

Right now, it looks like Kevin Towers got robbed when he traded Trevor Bauer, but what does history say?

December 11, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed

by Geoff Young

The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.

December 4, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Thou Shalt Not Run on Johnny Cueto

by Geoff Young

If Johnny Cueto is on the mound and a runner breaks for second, he is facing an almost-certain outcome.

November 27, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Jeff Francis' Historic Season

by Geoff Young

The Rockies' leading hurler accomplished a feat that hasn't been matched in over a century.

November 20, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Surprise, You Won 90 Games

by Geoff Young

The Athletics' 2012 season resembles that of the 2010 Padres in more ways than one. What does that mean for their future?

November 13, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Three Days in the Desert, Part 2

by Geoff Young

While at the SABR AFL Conference, Geoff takes in the Rising Stars Game, sees Billy Hamilton run, and finds a few other intriguing prospects.

November 6, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Three Days in the Desert, Part 1

by Geoff Young

The AFL is in full swing, and Geoff is on site reporting from the SABR AFL Conference.

October 30, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Three Giant Draft Picks

by Geoff Young

With the benefit of hindsight, how different might the NL West look if given the opportunity to repick in several drafts?

October 23, 2012

Western Front: Better Than Setting Cash on Fire

by Geoff Young

The oddsmakers in Vegas place some weird bets, but aren't you better off using your money elsewhere?

October 16, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: The Year Baseball Went Missing in San Diego

by Geoff Young

Chronicling the Padres' off-field saga from 2012 and predicting its implications for the future.

October 3, 2012

Western Front: If It Wasn't for Accountability, I Wouldn't Have Any Ability

by Geoff Young

The season is nearly at an end. How many predictions made in the early going actually panned out?

September 25, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Portrait of a Hacker

by Geoff Young

The Sultan of Swing, the man more allergic to walks than most players in major-league history, drew three walks in a game. Here's the epic story of Miguel Olivo.

September 18, 2012

Western Front: Chase Headley is Awesome

by Geoff Young

Chase Headley is having a monster season in San Diego, but could this breakout have been predicted? Where does he go from here?

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