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July 3, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Ready, Set, No!

by Geoff Young

Geoff compares members of the Tacoma Rainiers to Twilight characters using the 20-80 scale. Or maybe he would have, if he'd been able to see the team play.

June 26, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Fowler Power

by Geoff Young

What is Dexter Fowler doing this season to achieve sustained big-league success?

June 19, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Angels Rush in Where Rangers Fear to Tread

by Geoff Young

The keys to the Angels' recent success and the Rangers' downturn could be the fortunes of two superstars and two ex-Padres.

June 12, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: A Brief History of the Vedder Cup

by Geoff Young

Of all the natural interleague rivalries, none are more viciously fought than the Vedder Cup series. Wait, you've never heard of it? Then read on!

June 5, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Tres CompaƱeros

by Geoff Young

Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera, and Angel Pagan didn't go to San Francisco with flowers in their hair, but with their early play, everything is coming up roses.

May 29, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Attending to Center Field

by Geoff Young

How much does the success of a team dictate attendance? The Dodgers and Diamondbacks' narratives are still being written.

May 22, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: My Kingdome for a Morse

by Geoff Young

Justin Smoak isn't producing for the Mariners, and he isn't a particularly interesting character, either, so when you research his woes, you end up in a time warp.

May 15, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: La Casa Sucia

by Geoff Young

The Padres are off to a horrible start, so a housecleaning might be forthcoming. Who stays and who goes?

May 8, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Three Days, Three Dingers

by Geoff Young

Three home runs were hit by three improbable players during last week's action.

May 1, 2012

Western Front: As a Manager, He Makes a Good Right Fielder

by Geoff Young

Torii Hunter's suggestion that Mike Scioscia should have had the Angels bunt does not make sense.

April 24, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Five Giant Themes

by Geoff Young

What do Bruce Bochy, Xavier Nady, Brandon Belt, Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Mike Krukow, and Mark Grant have in common?

April 17, 2012

Western Front: They Came from Across the Sea

by Geoff Young

The AL West added a couple of the premier international players over the offseason, and both are already contributing to their new teams.

April 10, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: It Only Seems Like the Suburbs

by Geoff Young

The Padres and Dodgers met for their opening series last week, bringing to mind their intertwined histories.

April 3, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Is Will Venable Underrated or Overrated? Probably.

by Geoff Young

Will Venable is entering his prime years, but his career numbers leave people guessing as to whether he is extremely overrated or underrated.

March 27, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: No Country for Old Pitchers

by Geoff Young

Why do teams sign older pitchers when they have younger hurlers in the minors?

March 20, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: They Slugged Like Ed Brinkman

by Geoff Young

The Texas Rangers might be considered an offensive juggernaut now, but that hasn't always been the case.

March 13, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Better Than Doug Mientkiewicz

by Geoff Young

James Loney hasn't exactly set Hollywood ablaze with his hitting prowess; can he still cash in on his mediocrity?

February 28, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Post-Moneyball Randomness

by Geoff Young

Making three bold predictions for the Oakland Athletics for the 2012 season, and the introduction of the probability of nothing stupid happening.

February 21, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Runs? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Runs!

by Geoff Young

Given their overturned offense, will the 2012 Giants be able to improve their won-loss record from 2011?

February 14, 2012

Western Front: Dirk Hayhurst's Search for Sustainable Happiness

by Geoff Young

Garfoose wrangler, author, and newly-minted Italian leaguer Dirk Hayhurst discusses baseball, his new book, and his decision to move across the pond.

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