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07-03

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Transaction Analysis: Of Baltimore and Bonus Slots
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Sam Miller

06-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 221: Astros Pro Scouting Coordinator Kevin Goldstein on the Amateur Draft
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Astros' Killer S's
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Andrew Pentis

05-21

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Skewed Left: The Shift's PR Problem
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Zachary Levine

05-20

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Baseball Therapy: Would the Astros' Piggyback Starters Model Work in the Majors?
by
Russell A. Carleton

05-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 199: Pitchers Putting on Sunscreen/The Astros and Clubhouse Chemistry
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-16

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 182: How Much Will Mark Appel Make?/Is Mike Scioscia's Job Safe?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 177: How Much Does Velocity Loss Matter?/The Astros' Runaway Strikeout Rate
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-01

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Pebble Hunting: The Astros' Best-Case Scenario vs. The Angels' Worst-Case Scenario
by
Sam Miller

03-29

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel
by
Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller

03-25

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 166: Is the Internet Too Optimistic About the Astros?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

02-15

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Pebble Hunting: What it Means to Have the Worst Farm System in Baseball
by
Sam Miller

02-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 141: 2013 Season Preview Series: Houston Astros
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

02-11

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Bizball: Are the Astros Really Losing Money?
by
Maury Brown

02-02

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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Visits Minute Maid Park - May 11, 2013
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Joe Hamrahi

01-22

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 123: How Far Away Are the Astros?/The MLBPA is Mad at the Marlins/Is A-Rod's Surgery Suspicious?/The Future of Baseball on the Radio
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-20

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Skewed Left: How to Analyze the Astros' Spending
by
Zachary Levine

12-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 100: Astros Pro Scouting Coordinator Kevin Goldstein on Being Inside Baseball
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 83: Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal's Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 54: Jeff Luhnow's Season-Ending Interview Idea/Why Players and Executives Disagree About the AL MVP
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 39: Outdrawing the Astros, Wilin Rosario's Deadly Defense, and the Comeback Players of 2013
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-31

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Baseball Prospectus News: Goodbye to the Internet
by
Kevin Goldstein

08-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 29: The Future of the Red Sox and Dodgers, and Roger Clemens' Comeback
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-17

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The Process: Resetting the Astros Roster
by
Bradley Ankrom

08-07

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BP Unfiltered: The Most Astros Play of 2012
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-08

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: The Houston Astros
by
Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

07-15

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Astros Appreciation
by
Allen Barra

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

11-02

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GM for a Day: Houston Astros
by
Steven Goldman

04-14

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Disastropiece Theatre
by
Jay Jaffe

11-25

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Future Shock: Astros Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

05-02

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If I Had a Rocket
by
John Perrotto

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals
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Christina Kahrl

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros
by
Joe Sheehan

09-06

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Prospectus Game of the Week: St. Louis Cardinals @ Houston Astros, 9/4/05
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Jonah Keri

07-21

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Prospectus Notebook: Thursday Edition
by
Baseball Prospectus

05-10

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros @ Atlanta Braves, 5/8/05
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Jonah Keri

10-20

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Astros October Nightmares
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros
by
Christina Kahrl

09-21

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Prospectus Matchups: The A's Offense
by
Jim Baker

09-08

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Can Of Corn: The Hottest Team in Baseball
by
Dayn Perry

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

03-25

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Surveying the Authors
by
Baseball Prospectus

03-30

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National League Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
by
Christina Kahrl

10-09

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Prospectus Roundtable: The Division Series
by
Baseball Prospectus

05-29

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NL Central Notebook
by
Rany Jazayerli

05-02

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NL Central Notebook
by
Rany Jazayerli

04-16

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Projected 1999 National League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

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Ben and Sam preview the Astros' season with Jason Collette, and Pete talks to MLB.com correspondent Richard Justice (at 16:54).



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February 11, 2013 11:16 am

Bizball: Are the Astros Really Losing Money?

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Maury Brown

Jim Crane may have been telling the truth...but not the whole truth.

Depending on what you read, clubs in Major League Baseball are either making a massive profit, breaking even, or, if you listen to the owners, often running in the red. Since baseball is a private industry, trying to determine the truth is a matter of educated guessing, wild hyperbole, or a case of “no comment” coming from the league and clubs.

So when an owner talks about the financial status of the club he runs, it prompts a fair amount of discussion. As we’ve seen with the leaked financial documents from the likes of the Marlins and others, the truth typically is on the side of ownership not only making a profit, but a handsome one at that.

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Baseball Prospectus visits some old friends in the Lone Star state

Baseball Prospectus and the Houston Astros invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Saturday, May 11 at Minute Maid Park. Thanks to the fine folks in the Astros front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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Ben and Sam discuss an assortment of topics, including the Astros' outlook for 2013 and beyond, Alex Rodriguez's long-awaited surgery, the Marlins and the MLBPA, and whether baseball broadcasts on the radio will survive.



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December 20, 2012 5:00 am

Skewed Left: How to Analyze the Astros' Spending

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Zachary Levine

The Astros won't win in 2013 no matter how much they spend on free agents. So what should we make of their moves?

While Major League Baseball operates without a salary floor, it's not like there are no restrictions on the frugal. The baseline for fielding a major-league team is found right there in the rule book.

4.17 A game shall be forfeited to the opposing team when a team is unable or refuses to place nine players on the field.

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Ben and Sam talk to Kevin Goldstein about his life after leaving Baseball Prospectus to work for the Houston Astros, what he's working on, and what he's learned about how baseball teams work. Also, what he's drinking.



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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Ben and Sam answer listener emails about whether the Marlins or Astros will win more games in 2013, who'll be the next retiring player to get the Chipper Jones treatment, when Yasmani Grandal will play for the Padres, and how the Angels should align their outfielders.

Episode 83: "Astros vs. Marlins in 2013/The Next Farewell Tour/Yasmani Grandal's Suspension/Mark Trumbo, Center Fielder"

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Ben and Sam discuss Jeff Luhnow's plan to interview his players at the end of each season, then talk about why players and front-office executives are backing different candidates for AL MVP.

Ben and Sam discuss Jeff Luhnow's plan to interview his players at the end of each season, then talk about why players and front-office executives are backing different candidates for AL MVP.

Episode 54: "Jeff Luhnow's Season-Ending Interview Idea/Why Players and Executives Disagree About the AL MVP"

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Ben and Sam thank their listeners for being more numerous than Astros fans who watch the team on TV, dissect Wilin Rosario's defense, and pick the most likely candidates for 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.

Ben and Sam thank their listeners for being more numerous than Astros fans who watch the team on TV, dissect Wilin Rosario's defense, and pick the most likely candidates for 2013 Comeback Player of the Year.

Episode 39: "Outdrawing the Astros, Wilin Rosario's Deadly Defense, and the Comeback Players of 2013"

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Kevin takes on an exciting new challenge: working for a big-league front office.

This one isn't easy. I don't even know where to start. I remember some editor yelling at some writer in some movie about not burying the lead, so I'll do that. This is my final piece at Baseball Prospectus, as I've accepted a position as Pro Scouting Coordinator for the Houston Astros. That doesn't sound real to me yet either, but there it is. Needless to say, I'm extremely excited about this opportunity and the challenge ahead of us. I've been nothing but incredibly impressed with the entire staff in Houston, as well as their plans for the future, and I'm absolutely honored to suddenly be a small part of it.

Yes, it's a dream job, no question, but this wasn't an easy decision. I love this place. Honestly and truly. In my six-plus years here, I've grown personally and professionally and was never asked to be anything but myself. You really can't ask for anything more from a place of work. I've seen a lot of changes since I was brought in by Nate Silver, and I can't tell you how excited I am for the future under Joe Hamrahi. There are many fantastic things happening at Baseball Prospectus, and so many more things coming because of Joe's leadership. Knowing the ship has such a fantastic captain at the wheel made this decision much easier, as does the content published here that continues to blow me away on a daily basis. People like Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller, Colin Wyers and Bradley Ankrom are going to be huge in this world, and I can't wait to see it happen. And prospect coverage won't be any less comprehensive here, either. You should expect some exciting announcements in that regard, and soon.

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Ben and Sam discuss the futures of the two teams involved in the weekend's blockbuster trade, then talk about whether the Astros would benefit from signing Roger Clemens.

Ben and Sam discuss the futures of the two teams involved in the weekend's blockbuster trade, then talk about whether the Astros would benefit from signing Roger Clemens.

Effectively Wild Episode 29: "The Future of the Red Sox and Dodgers, and Roger Clemens' Comeback"

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August 17, 2012 11:05 am

The Process: Resetting the Astros Roster

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Bradley Ankrom

Jeff Luhnow's first task was to clear the mess Ed Wade made, and he's already given the Astros a fresh start.

Since taking over as the general manager in Houston last December, Jeff Luhnow has turned over a good chunk of the 40-man roster he inherited, a collection of players who contributed to the Astros’ first 100-loss (106-loss, to be precise) season in franchise history in 2011.

Lame-duck GM Ed Wade was able to unload the Astros’ top marketable assets—Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn—last summer, but the task of moving the team’s more onerous veteran contracts was left to Luhnow. That process picked up in earnest this summer when Houston shuttled veterans J.A. Happ, Chris Johnson, Carlos Lee, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, and Wandy Rodriguez off to contenders in exchange for more than a dozen minor-league prospects from five organizations.

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