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TINSTAAPP: TINSTAAPP Episode 14: Scherzer at Harvey
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Paul Sporer and Doug Thorburn

03-04

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Painting the Black: The 2013 Free Agents and Hidden Rationality
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R.J. Anderson

11-30

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Transaction Analysis: Nats Finally Get Span
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R.J. Anderson and Mark Anderson

11-13

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Out of Left Field: What $205 Million Buys on the Free Agent Market
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Matthew Kory

11-05

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Painting the Black: The 50 Best Free Agents
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R.J. Anderson

06-29

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Collateral Damage Daily: Friday, June 29
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Corey Dawkins

06-28

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Collateral Damage Daily: Thursday, June 28
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Corey Dawkins

06-16

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BP Unfiltered: How to Get Bryce Harper Out Every Time
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Ben Lindbergh

06-07

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Overthinking It: Slow and Steady Wins Some Races
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Ben Lindbergh

04-23

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Bartolo Colon and the Comeback Kids
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Jay Jaffe

03-22

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On the Beat: Pettitte Returns to the Big Apple
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John Perrotto

03-21

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Sobsequy: The Best of the Triple-A Retreads
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Adam Sobsey

03-19

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Transaction Analysis: Pettitte Returns
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R.J. Anderson

03-19

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Out of Left Field: On Baseball Unretirement
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Matthew Kory

03-19

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Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Rotation Rumble
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Jay Jaffe

02-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Dandy Andy Bows Out
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Jay Jaffe

02-03

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BP Unfiltered: Pettitte Set to Retire
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R.J. Anderson

12-16

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Spinning Yarn: Why The Yankees Need Andy Pettitte
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Mike Fast

11-19

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Warning Track Power: To Play Or Not To Play: Pitcher Edition
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Chase Gharrity

09-15

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On the Beat: Ready for a Return
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John Perrotto

06-05

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One-Hoppers: Pettitte on the Ritz
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Ben Lindbergh

10-28

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World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview
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Jay Jaffe

09-10

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Workload Worries
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Christina Kahrl

02-22

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Stupid Lawyer Tricks
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Derek Jacques

02-14

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What We Learned
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Will Carroll

06-27

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 23, 2006
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Derek Jacques

11-16

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Can Of Corn: The Case for Pettitte
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Dayn Perry

10-22

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Prospectus Today: Game Three
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Joe Sheehan

02-11

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Prospectus Feature: The Yankees' Seven-Man Rotation
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Nate Silver

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March 19, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Pettitte Returns

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R.J. Anderson

A look at the shocking return of Andy Pettitte to baseball

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March 19, 2012 3:00 am

Out of Left Field: On Baseball Unretirement

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Matthew Kory

Andy Pettitte's decision to return to baseball was unexpected, but there's nothing surprising about a major leaguer's desire to continue playing.

Andy Pettitte called it an unfinished career this past week, returning to the Yankees on a minor-league contract after missing one season in self-enforced retirement. While Pettitte didn’t perfect unretirement—that’s Brett Favre—he is the most recent player to retire and then think better of it after the fact. He is also far from the first to do so.

You don’t have to go back very far into the pages of baseball history to find other examples. Barely opening the book is enough. This very offseason, Manny Ramirez decided that, at age 40, if he could get that pesky 100-game PED suspension knocked down by 50 games, he’d take a minor-league deal from the going-nowhere A’s. Oakland GM Billy Beane said of the Ramirez deal, “There's little to no commitment. It would be foolish not to [sign him]." Manny has made over $200 million in his career, but he’s willing to endure a 50-game suspension and take a minor-league deal with a losing club to come out of retirement.

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March 19, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: AL Rotation Rumble

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Jay Jaffe

How do the junior circuit's rotations shake out when offseason additions are tallied?

Two years ago, the Rangers made a bold gambit that helped end nearly a decade of rotation-driven futility, shifting reliever C.J. Wilson to the starting five and bringing former supplemental first-round draft pick Colby Lewis back from Japan. Both pitchers did what Ranger hurlers of recent vintage had not: miss bats. In 2010, the two pitchers combined for 366 K's in 405 innings, helping the Rangers jump from 12th in the league in strikeouts to fourth. Helped by other upgrades—shortstop Elvis Andrus keyed a defensive turnaround—they won the AL pennant, and last year they repeated the feat.

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February 4, 2011 10:33 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Dandy Andy Bows Out

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Jay Jaffe

With the retirement of a Yankee workhorse, the question of his place in history arises.

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know that Andy Pettitte gave word of his retirement on Thursday, and unless that rock was hiding under another rock, you probably know that this has been a likelihood ever since the television cameras found a moist-eyed Pettitte watching the late innings of Game Six of the ALCS, knowing that he wouldn't get another shot to put the Yankees on his broad shoulders and lift them into another World Series. The shame of it is that Pettitte had pitched so well in 2010, cruising through the first half (11-2, 2.70 ERA) like he never had in his 15-year career, at least until the fateful July day when he departed with a groin strain that cost him two full months. If that didn't hasten his decision to retire, it certainly lessened his will to put his body through the wringer one more time.

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The Yankees' great is on the way out.

When the Yankees selected Andy Pettitte in the 22nd round of the 1990 draft, they had no way of knowing the lanky southpaw would start nearly 400 games for them over a 16-season big league career. More than 20 years later, Pettitte intends to announce his retirement, as first reported by Michael Kay.

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December 16, 2010 4:00 pm

Spinning Yarn: Why The Yankees Need Andy Pettitte

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Mike Fast

A look at PitchF/X data illustrates how important it is to the Bronx Bombers that the left-hander put off retirement for at least one more year.

Three out of the last four years, the American League pennant winner has emerged from the East Division: Boston in 2007, Tampa Bay in 2008, and New York in 2009.  The Red Sox and the Yankees took home World Series championships in 2007 and 2009.  As the Rays cut payroll this offseason, conventional wisdom has focused again on the battle between the Yankees and the Red Sox.

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November 19, 2010 9:00 am

Warning Track Power: To Play Or Not To Play: Pitcher Edition

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Chase Gharrity

Looking at the decisions facing Andy Pettitte and Trevor Hoffman, and trying to get Billy Wagner to reconsider.

Every offseason, major-league executives, fans and rumormongers are met with storylines and situations involving free agents who are considering retirement prior to the upcoming season. To prevent any sort of Favre-ian ambiguity, this article will serve as a sort of indirect advisory notice to a few pitchers who are on the fence in regards to returning to play next season. By taking a look at a few of the metrics we have here at Baseball Prospectus, we’ll be able to see which players can expect to see their numbers improve or worsen in 2011, allowing us to give the named players a insightful nudge towards playing or towards retirement.

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September 15, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Ready for a Return

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John Perrotto

Andy Pettitte finishes his rehab assignment and looks to bolster a shaky Yankees rotation, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

Andy Pettitte certainly didn't look ready to return to the major leagues one batter into his second and final rehabilitation start for the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Wednesday night. The Yankees' left-hander threw a 1-2 cutter that didn't cut and the Altoona Curve's Chase d'Arnaud hit it over the 385 sign in left-center field at Blair County Ballpark, causing 5,501 Central Pennsylvania baseball fans to take a break from Penn State football to go bonkers and orange-costumed Al Tuna to pop through a hole in the right-center field fence and jump around in celebration.

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Is Andy Pettitte getting better with age?

For a Yankees fan prone to emotional attachment, the mere mention of Andy Pettitte might trigger an involuntary internal highlight reel of low-cap-brimmed, dimpled-chinned heroics (without a hypodermic needle or a banned substance in sight). In the presence of nearly anyone else, invoking the lefty’s name is liable to provoke a yawn. You know how Baseball Reference uses bold text to denote league-leading rates and totals? If that doesn’t sound familiar, check out Pedro Martinez’s page—it looks like a blindfolded guy with a moving cursor whaled on Ctrl+B for a while. Now look at Andy Pettitte’s—not a whole lot of black ink to see there, either literally or figuratively

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October 28, 2009 1:11 am

World Series Prospectus: Yankees versus Phillies Preview

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Jay Jaffe

Will the Phillies establish a mini-dynasty, or will the Yankees add to their crowded trophy case with another title?

A year ago, the Phillies broke a 28-year-old title drought by winning the World Series, defeating the upstart Rays in five games. After winning 93 games in the regular season and tidily dispatching both the Rockies and the Dodgers in the first two rounds, they're back to defend their crown with a cast that's largely the same, save for summer acquisition Cliff Lee. They're the first NL team to repeat as pennant winners since the 1995-1996 Braves, and if they win the World Series, they'll be they first senior circuit club to do so since the 1975-1976 Reds.

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September 10, 2009 12:48 pm

Workload Worries

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Christina Kahrl

Fretting over the workloads of a couple of young hurlers on playoff-bound ballclubs might be a bit exaggerated.

We're coming up against the post-season as well as concerns for younger pitcher's workloads this season. While this is obviously progress-it's better that teams follow and worry about their charges wearing down or blowing out the odd shoulder or elbow-it's also important to frame concern over how much is too much for the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, the Tigers' Rick Porcello, or the Yankees' Joba Chamberlain. It's good to be concerned, especially with pitchers aged 24 or younger-Chamberlain's in his age-23 season, Kershaw his age-21 campaign, and Porcello's a precocious 20. However, in light of recent successes so many playoff teams have enjoyed keeping their better under-24 starters in working order into the postseason and then on into the following season, it's important to recognize that this sort of reasonable caution is an example of a lesson already learned.

In this case, it's important to recognize how a period in time can frame a debate. In the so-called wild-card era, running from 1995 through to 2008, there have been 56 different pitcher/seasons where hurlers aged 24 or younger have started post-season games for their teams. That may sound like a lot, but keep in mind that the period includes all of those veteran-laden rotations on perennial contenders in Atlanta or the Bronx. To narrow our focus towards its beginning, there were 15 different who pitchers made post-season starts in their age-24 seasons or younger from 1995-2000, for a total of 18 different post-season appearances (Andy Pettitte, Ismael Valdez, and Jaret Wright each appeared in two postseasons before their age-25 seasons). Of those 15 different pitchers, nine of them melted down pretty publicly and messily, while only six endured:

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February 22, 2008 12:00 am

Stupid Lawyer Tricks

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Derek Jacques

What direction does the Rocket blaze towards next, or is this whole thing out of fuel?

Not every legal option is wise. The example that always sprang up in my own experience was in divorces: men would get involved in divorce proceedings, and almost invariably, their "friends" would start spreading rumors that the soon-to-be ex-wife had been involved in extramarital affairs, and that maybe some or all of the couple's children may have been the result of those alleged affairs. The men would then go to a lawyer with the question: can I have my kids DNA-tested?

The answer to this question was usually "yes," but that wasn't the end of the discussion, because a legal right to a DNA test doesn't speak to the real-world consequences of such an action. If these guys went forward with the testing, and their suspicions were proven correct, they might get out of paying child support, but they could also lose their parental rights over children they'd raised their entire lives. If they were wrong, they risked destroying their relationship with the children, if those children should ever find out about the test. The question wasn't so much "can I do this" as "is it a good idea?"

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