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The view of Cooperstown from La Russa-ville, the Nationals go to Plan C or D or..., Randy wants another ring, and rumors and rumblings from around the major leagues.

The Hall of Fame voting deadline is fast approaching, as ten-year members of the Baseball Writers Association of America must submit their ballots by midnight on Wednesday. Candidates must be named on 75 percent of the ballots cast to gain induction into Cooperstown, with the voting results to be announced on January 12.

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May 16, 2005 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: FAAB Factor

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Jeff Erickson and Jan Levine

How you spend your limited FAAB money is a key determinant of your success. The Rotowire crew takes a look at some of the latest candidates for a bid.

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The Angels must keep Darin Erstad in center to take full advantage of their off-season moves. The Greg Maddux signing improved an otherwise uninspiring free agent shopping season for the Cubs. The Tigers could win 25 more games this year by virtue of their off-season moves plus regression to the mean. These and other news, notes and pontifications out of Anaheim, Chicago and Detroit in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Latin Beat: Given his first full off-season to put his stamp on the Angels, owner Arte Moreno left no doubt this was no longer your father's risk-averse, media giant-owned MLB franchise. Moreno and GM Bill Stoneman formed one of the most aggressive tandems of the off-season, with four high-profile free agent signings.
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    August 1, 2003 12:00 am

    Prospectus Today: Pondering Inaction

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    Joe Sheehan

    I'm rarely as aware of how big a baseball nut as I am in late July. I love the trade deadline, and all the speculation, consternation and evaluation that goes with it. I've barely slept all week, spending most of my time with one eye on the television, a second on my computer monitor, and a third...um, my ear...pressed to my cell phone. I look forward to the last few days of the month, anticipating the moves and wondering how they'll change the look of the races. Which is what made yesterday such a letdown. The story of the day wasn't the moves that were made, but the number of teams that sat out the dance. The entire National League East twiddled its thumbs; the Astros and Cardinals avoided adding pitching, which makes the Cubs look more threatening than they should. In the AL Central, the Royals and Twins failed to address their holes, even as the White Sox seem ready to leave them both behind.

    Which is what made yesterday such a letdown. The story of the day wasn't the moves that were made, but the number of teams that sat out the dance. The entire National League East twiddled its thumbs; the Astros and Cardinals avoided adding pitching, which makes the Cubs look more threatening than they should. In the AL Central, the Royals and Twins failed to address their holes, even as the White Sox seem ready to leave them both behind.

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    August 1, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: July 30-31

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    Christina Kahrl

    Transactions galore: the Yankees practice running in place; the Red Sox beef up their bullpen; the Giants aquire a starter for the postseason; the A's add a little power to their outfield; and the Reds throw up the white flag, but get some pretty good arms in return. All this and much more news from around the league in your post-Trading Deadline edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    Everyone's an All-Star for the Braves; the Twins have fallen and can't get up; and just about everybody's been better than Lance Carter this season. All this and much more news from Atlanta, Minnesota, and Tampa Bay in your Wednesday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Star Performer. Seven of them, to be exact. Atlanta, which had previously led the world only in air traffic, bling bling, and Chick-fil-As per capita, will send nearly 30% of its roster to the All-Star Game.
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    April 9, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003

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    Christina Kahrl

    The Snakes bury John Patterson, the Red Sox sort through a batch of soft tossers, the Marlins vie for a 25-catcher roster, and the Devil Rays solve all their problems by grabbing Al Martin and Damion Easley.

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    October 1, 2002 12:33 am

    Playoff Prospectus: Anaheim Angels vs. New York Yankees

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    Jeff Bower

    This is a match-up of opposites in many ways, not the least being the teams' post-season histories. The Yankees have won the World Series 26 times, including four of the past six years. To achieve a similar level of dominance, the Angels would have had to win 10 championships in their 41 years of existence. Instead, they enter the playoffs with the most meager post-season tradition of any Divisional Series participant, with three first-round exits in as many tries.

    This is a match-up of opposites in many ways, not the least being the teams' post-season histories. The Yankees have won the World Series 26 times, including four of the past six years. To achieve a similar level of dominance, the Angels would have had to win 10 championships in their 41 years of existence. Instead, they enter the playoffs with the most meager post-season tradition of any Divisional Series participant, with three first-round exits in as many tries.

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    ANAHEIM ANGELS Placed RHP Al Levine on the 15-day DL (shoulder tendinitis), retroactive to 6/27; recalled RHP John Lackey from Salt Lake. [6/28] I don't disagree with the idea of bringing up John Lackey to move into the rotation. Lackey is the organization's best upper-level prospect, and he's obviously ready to go.

    Recalled RHP Matt Wise from Salt Lake; optioned RHP John Lackey to Salt Lake. [6/25]

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    March 1, 2002 11:25 am

    The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: Angelic

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    Joe Sheehan

    Well, whaddaya know? There are Angels fans. Before Tuesday, I thought they were a myth, some kind of Disney creation that didn't really exist. Turns out, there are actually people who care about this team, and they have some pretty strong feelings about their chances this year.

    Well, whaddaya know? There are Angels fans.

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    Before Tuesday, I thought they were a myth, some kind of Disney creation that didn't really exist. Turns out, there are actually people who care about this team, and they have some pretty strong feelings about their chances this year.

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    The Internet has spoken. Your choices for this year's Internet Baseball Awards.

    It's time to announce the winners of the tenth annual Internet Baseball Awards. More than 2,000 cyberspace baseball fans--a new record--participated in this effort to select the baseball players whose 2001 seasons were most deserving of honors.

    This year marks not only our tenth year of balloting (we started in 1991, but sat out the 1994 season in protest of baseball's rude behavior), but also our fifth year of Web balloting. A few of our readers probably remember the good old days of e-mail ballots (as we remember all the fun it was counting ballots by hand), but most of you have been treated only to the extraordinarily comprehensive user-friendly Web ballots designed by BP's Webmaster, Dave Pease. Our thanks go to Dave, who puts in a ton of work to make this process go smoothly.

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