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09-11

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What You Need to Know: Boston Gets Buchholz Back
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Daniel Rathman

08-15

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What You Need to Know: Soriano Strikes Again
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Daniel Rathman

07-26

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Transaction Analysis: Alfonso Soriano Joins the Worst Right-Handed-Hitting Team of All Time
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Ben Lindbergh

11-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back
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Sahadev Sharma

08-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 12: Sam Walks to His Honda
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, NL Edition
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Jay Jaffe

04-23

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Pebble Hunting: Cautiously Sizing Up April Stats
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Sam Miller

03-01

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part I
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Stephani Bee and Larry Granillo

05-02

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Parting with a Puma, Welcoming a Walrus
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Larry Granillo

02-27

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Cubs and the Red Sox
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Rany Jazayerli

07-25

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Extreme Ballclub Makeover
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John Perrotto

05-09

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Morning in Chicago
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John Perrotto

11-29

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

08-02

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of August 2nd
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Jay Jaffe

08-01

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Prospectus Today: Aftermath
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Joe Sheehan

07-31

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Will's Mill: The Mill Closes -- 5:00 P.M.
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Will Carroll

07-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Playing Matchmaker
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Nate Silver

08-05

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Prospectus Notebook: Friday Edition
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Baseball Prospectus

07-28

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Will's Mill: T-Minus Four Days and Counting
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Will Carroll

05-05

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Lies, Damned Lies: Aging Alfonso
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Nate Silver

02-17

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Transaction Analysis: February 13-16, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

02-16

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Prospectus Roundtable: The Rodriguez-for-Soriano Deal
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Baseball Prospectus

10-28

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

09-09

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Prospectus Today: Lineupectomy
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Joe Sheehan

06-02

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Breaking Balls: Roger Clemens and the Historic No-Decision
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Derek Zumsteg

10-23

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Internet Baseball Awards: AL Player of the Year
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Greg Spira

04-18

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Top 40 Prospects In Review: Part Seven
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Rany Jazayerli

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September 11, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Boston Gets Buchholz Back

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Daniel Rathman

A key piece of the Red Sox rotation comes back, Alfonso Soriano keeps slugging, Ricky Romero returns, and more.

The Tuesday Takeaway
More good news for the Red Sox.”


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August 15, 2013 6:46 am

What You Need to Know: Soriano Strikes Again

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Daniel Rathman

The Yankees' big trade deadline acquisition pays off with a pair of big days.

The Wednesday Takeaway
The Yankees acquired Alfonso Soriano from the Cubs on July 26, hoping that he could prod a dormant lineup into action. That did not happen right away. In the first 15 games of his second stay in the Bronx, Soriano batted just .193/.220/.368; he smacked three homers in 59 plate appearances, but also struck out 19 times and walked just twice.

Then the Angels came to town.


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The Yankees add an old player who's healthy and can hit, while the Cubs continue to remodel their roster.



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After being written off as a useful asset in 2011, Alfonso Soriano unexpectedly assumed an important role for the Cubs in 2012. How did it happen?

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Sahadev Sharma is a contributor to ESPN Chicago and ChicagoSide, where he regularly covers the Cubs and White Sox. Sahadev spent four years as a radio producer at ESPN 1000 in Chicago and often dabbled in the blogosphere. In the fall of 2010, Sahadev focused his attention on the writing side of the business and quickly realized that was where he belonged. If not spending his free time with his wife, one-year-old son, and two Italian Greyhounds, you’ll likely find Sahadev appreciating Starlin Castro’s ability to hit, defending Adam Dunn, or watching YouTube clips of the Illini’s 2005 NCAA tourney comeback against Arizona. Follow him on Twitter @sahadevsharma.
 


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Ben and Sam discuss players who turn down trades to contenders, Yu Darvish, and their standards for playoff starters.

Effectively Wild Episode 12: "Sam Walks to His Honda"

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May 4, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Worse Than Pujols, NL Edition

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Jay Jaffe

Which NL starters are off to a worse start than the Angels' not-yet-sluggy first baseman?

On Wednesday, I examined a half-dozen American League hitters who are off to chillier starts than even Albert Pujols in an attempt to shine a light on a handful of developing stories centered around underperforming players. Of course, none of those hitters has the track record or the job security of the Angels' newest marquee attraction; neither do seven billion other people on Earth. In other words, they're a wee bit more likely to find themselves riding the pine or worse if they continue to flounder, and at the very least, their small-sample struggles—and for this the threshold is 70 plate appearances, not long enough for any key hitter statistic to stabilize—are worth your attention.

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April 23, 2012 3:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Cautiously Sizing Up April Stats

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Sam Miller

It's too early to look at statistical leaderboards, but sometimes we have to anyway.

April 19, 2011: "Somehow, someway, Carlos Lee is second with a 53.2 UZR/150. I will literally eat broken glass if he finishes with a positive number this season. (Someone hold me to it.)" —This guy, who is now dead, from eating glass :(

We have such a weird relationship with April stats. I’m trying to think of anything else where we consider a 10-percent sample almost totally useless. On election night, when they show the vote totals, I start to take them seriously once 10 percent of precincts are in. If you could see only 10 percent of a human, you could still probably figure out whether he was tall, fat, into rockabilly, etc. But the first 10 percent of a baseball season is like the first 10 percent of the sausage race in Milwaukee: filled with narrative, almost entirely misleading, and a place where Randall Simon doesn’t belong.

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The first part of a roundtable discussion about how teams in the NL Central will fare in the 2012 season.

PECOTA Team Projections
​Record: 74-88
Team WARP: 20.2
Team TAv: .253
Runs Scored: 685
Runs Allowed: 756
Team FRAA: 1.1







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Lance Berkman reminds Astros fans that he wears big shoes, but Brett Wallace may be capable of filling them; Alfonso Soriano rarely gets on base but often drives himself in.

It was an eye-opening week in Minute Maid Park, as Zod and the other residents of Planet Houston were treated to superb performances from first basemen of the Astros' past, present, and—perhaps—future.

Lance Berkman, the twelve-year Astros veteran who was traded to the Yankees late last year before signing with the Cardinals over the winter, made his return to Houston as a visiting player on Tuesday. He was well-received by the fans, who gave him an extended standing ovation in his first at-bat. When he laced a single to right field off of an inside fastball from Bud Norris, the crowd erupted into more cheers. Needless to say, the man with the second-most home runs in franchise history is still very popular in the Bayou City.

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Two storied franchises, each boasts an especially singular star ballplayer.

Chicago Cubs

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July 25, 2007 12:00 am

Extreme Ballclub Makeover

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John Perrotto

It's more than sun and suds on Chicago's North Side.

If anyone ever started a television series called Extreme Ballclub Makeover-could BP.tv be in the future?-the Chicago Cubs would make a good subject for the first episode. In fact, the Cubs could be a two-parter, as General Manager Jim Hendry engineered the first makeover in the offseason when, after a disastrous 66-96 season, he committed nearly $300 million to free agents, most notably outfielders Alfonso Soriano and Cliff Floyd, utilityman Mark DeRosa, and left-hander Ted Lilly and right-hander Jason Marquis for the rotation. Hendry also hired manager Lou Piniella out of Fox's television booth.

The second makeover has occurred during the season and left the Cubs looking almost nothing like the team that took the field April 2 for the opener in Cincinnati. However, the new-look Cubs are a surging contender trying to chase down Milwaukee in the National League Central. Despite their flurry of winter moves, the Cubs stumbled out of the gate, falling to nine games below .500 at 22-31 on June 2, and they dropped as many as 8 games off the Brewers' pace three weeks later. Though exasperated at times, Piniella continued to tinker; as a result, the Cubs are now 52-46 after winning 30 of their last 45 games. Most importantly, they are in second place in the NL Central, just three games behind the Brewers, and only 1 games behind the wild-card leader, the Padres.

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May 9, 2007 12:00 am

Morning in Chicago

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John Perrotto

How is Jim Hendry's spending spree working out so far?

The Chicago Cubs are trying to answer the following riddle over the course of the 2007: What do you get for spending $296.05 million on free agents in one offseason? It wasn't much in the first month, as the Cubs finished April with a 10-14 record. The team has picked up the pace in May, going 5-1.

"We're playing more relaxed now and everyone is having fun," said Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano, their biggest off-season catch. "I don't think we were relaxed early in the season. I think it's taken us a while to kind of put everything together."

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