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In the wake of the Phillies/Giants brawl this past weekend, BP's staff of writers recall their most memorable basebrawls of all time.

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June 9, 2010 7:00 am

Changing Speeds: No Contact Allowed Redux

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Ken Funck

Cubs closer Carlos Marmol is on his way to setting a record for least contact allowed in a season.

As you may have noticed, Stephen Strasburg made his major-league debut last night. While the MLB Network crew virtually doused themselves in superlatives and set themselves on fire before, during and after the broadcast, Strasburg managed to live up to the hype, earning his first win and striking out 14 batters in seven innings without allowing a walk. The interwebs are rife with tales of Strasburg’s poise, his triple-digit fastball, and the command he displayed with his four-pitch arsenal.

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June 30, 2009 12:13 pm

You Could Look It Up: Lest We Forget

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Steven Goldman

Upon reflection of Mo's latest relief feat, a review of a quartet of unremarked yet remarkable great seasons by past pen men.

In yesterday's Pinstriped Bible, I used BP's list of wins added by relievers (WXRL) as a way of demonstrating the uniqueness of Mariano Rivera's career, this on the occasion of his 500th save. I picked an arbitrary cutoff, the top 200 seasons as ranked by that statistic, and counted how many times each pitcher appeared on the list, dropping those that only made it to the top 200 once or twice. Seventy-eight pitchers made the list just once, and another 24 got there twice. The list of the remaining 74:

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June 12, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Moves

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Christina Kahrl

John Milton meets Eric Milton, plus a bevy of call-ups to tantalize the big clubs. It's all the news you need on your favorite senior circuit team.

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March 25, 2006 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: San Francisco Giants

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Thomas Gorman and Will Carroll

Saving the best for last, THR turns to the Giants, home of the long of tooth, the self-questioning, and of course, some guy named Bonds.

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May 9, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 26- May 4, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Red Sox are revamping their rotation on the fly as the Yankees do much the same with their lineup. Also, find out which team is down to just ten pitchers on the 25-man roster!

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A new second baseman helps the Dodgers to a hot start, a young third baseman helps keep the Twins above water, and an old third baseman might have something left for the Giants.

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All three teams are being re-shaped by the free-agent market.

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The Marlins flirt with Las Vegas, the Yankees fool around with some questionable free agents and the Pirates go all the way with the A's.

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December 3, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 23-30, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

Who came out ahead in the Jason Kendall trade, and what exactly is Jim Bowden thinking in Washington? These questions and more answered in Chris Kahrl's Transaction Analysis.

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December 3, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Catching a Good Deal

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Joe Sheehan

The A's did well for themselves in the Jason Kendall trade. Joe Sheehan elaborates.

The Pirates simply weren't able to get past Jason Kendall's contract. One of the last big deals signed before the so-called "market correction," the six-year, $60-million package looked outsized when Kendall's power disappeared after 2000. His career slugging average when he signed the deal was .451. Since then, it's .380. Combined with the stagnation in salaries since 2002, Kendall's performance-for-the-money was the focus, rather than just his performance, which was very good. He hits for average, and while his walk rate is only OK, he gets hit by 20 pitches in most years, giving him a very good OBP. He's a six-win player, and those aren't easy to find.

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August 8, 2003 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Win-Win Trade

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Joe Sheehan

Wednesday, the Yankees and Mariners swapped right-handed relievers, Armando Benitez for Jeff Nelson. At first glance, the trade seems like an exchange of headaches, given that Benitez had been erratic for the Yankees and Nelson had recently complained--not without reason--about the Mariners front office and its inability to make a deal at the trade deadline. At first glance, the Mariners look like the big winners.

At first glance, the Mariners look like the big winners. Benitez is a better pitcher than Nelson, and has been for most of the past five years. Only in 2001 was Nelson clearly superior to Benitez.

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