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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?

September 11, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: C├ęspedes Won't Be Leaving to Join Devo

by Geoff Young

Despite his current late-season swoon, Yoenis Cespedes has exceeded expectations and hit well in Oakland's ballpark.

September 4, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: They Move Like Living Things

by Geoff Young

A small-scale study on watching a baseball broadcast from the home team and away team's perspective.

August 28, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: When Loney was Better than Gonzalez, and Kotchman was Better than Both

by Geoff Young

There was a time when both Casey Kotchman and James Loney ranked ahead of Adrian Gonzalez on prospect charts.

August 21, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Before Felix was King

by Geoff Young

Despite Felix Hernandez's recent 99 Game Score in his perfecto, Seattle has a history of losing well-pitched contests.

August 14, 2012

Western Front: Pick the Collie, or Maybe the Weimaraner

by Geoff Young

What would happen if dogs played baseball? If there were a real Draft Derby? Join the world of the whimsy and find out!

August 7, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: When the Time is Right

by Geoff Young

It's the same song but a different verse when it comes to Josh Hamilton's and Albert Pujols' seasons.

July 31, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Where Has Upton's Power Gone?

by Geoff Young

Justin Upton has suffered a major power outage this year, but is there a root cause for his season-long blackout?

July 24, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Walk-off Wins are the New Market Inefficiency

by Geoff Young

The Oakland A's have shown a knack for winning in style in 2012.

July 17, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: First Win the Division, Then Puppet Show

by Geoff Young

The Dodgers have spiraled out of control since late May, and with seemingly no plan for offense, it's a three-team race in the wild West.

July 10, 2012

Western Front: Trying One's Patience

by Geoff Young

Geoff discovers the wonders of Seattle baseball, Aaron Cook, tubas, Jeremy Guthrie, and Family Circus.

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