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08-15

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The View from the Loge Level: The Mentors Behind the Managers
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Daron Sutton

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: Not Just A Pretty Face
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R.J. Anderson, Mauricio Rubio and Ethan Purser

07-21

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BP Unfiltered: Very Important Player We Missed: Odrisamer Despaigne
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Sam Miller

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: Angels are in for a Street
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R.J. Anderson, Chris Rodriguez and Mauricio Rubio

07-18

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The View from the Loge Level: From the Home of the Braves
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Daron Sutton

06-25

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Top GM Candidates
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BP Staff

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul
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R.J. Anderson

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
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R.J. Anderson

05-29

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The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella
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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

05-28

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This is Not Your Father's Baseball Road Trip: Day One: Lynchburg
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Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman

05-05

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Transaction Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls
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R.J. Anderson

04-24

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Overthinking It: The Obligatory Article About Aaron Harang
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Ben Lindbergh

04-10

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Skewed Left: The Surprising Sameness of Justin Upton
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Zachary Levine

04-10

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Painting the Black: (B.J.) Upton No Good
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R.J. Anderson

04-07

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Pebble Hunting: It's Been One Week
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Sam Miller

04-07

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Transaction Analysis: The More Yunel
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R.J. Anderson

03-31

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Painting the Black: The Mystery Men of Opening Day
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R.J. Anderson

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild
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R.J. Anderson

03-24

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Prospectus Preview: NL East 2014 Preseason Preview
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Sam Miller and Will Woods

03-13

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Transaction Analysis: Santana Settles, Atlanta Settles
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

03-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 404: 2014 Season Preview Series: Atlanta Braves
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-11

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Rumor Roundup: A New Challenger
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Daniel Rathman

03-10

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Notes from the Field: Spring Notes
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Jason Parks and BP Prospect Staff

03-04

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Rumor Roundup: A Trio of Infield Updates
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Daniel Rathman

02-25

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Atlanta Braves Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-25

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Fantasy Team Preview: Atlanta Braves
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Paul Sporer

02-21

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Prospectus Q&A: John Hart on Atlanta's Extension Spree and the Future of Club-Friendly Contracts
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Ben Lindbergh

02-21

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Transaction Analysis: Simmons' Rights
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Sam Miller

02-17

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Transaction Analysis: Choosing the Brave Life
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R.J. Anderson

02-07

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Painting the Black: Slow Jams
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R.J. Anderson

02-07

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Rumor Roundup: Atlanta's Extension Spree
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Daniel Rathman

02-05

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Transaction Analysis: The New Adventures of Freeman
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R.J. Anderson

01-16

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Overthinking It: How the Braves Can Keep a Good Thing Going
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Ben Lindbergh

12-17

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Transaction Analysis: Atlanta Inks Floyd, and Two Teams Sign Relievers
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R.J. Anderson, Ben Lindbergh and

11-14

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One Move: National League East
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Craig Goldstein

11-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 327: Neil DeMause on the Braves' New Ballpark and Public Financing for Stadiums
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 303: Picking Playoff Narratives
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Recap: Dodgers 4, Braves 3
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Daniel Rathman

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Preview: Braves at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Recap: Dodgers 13, Braves 6
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Daniel Rathman

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Three Preview: Braves at Dodgers
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Mike Gianella

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Recap: Braves 4, Dodgers 3
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Daniel Rathman

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Two Preview: Dodgers vs. Braves
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Mike Gianella

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Recap: Dodgers 6, Braves 1
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Daniel Rathman

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game One Preview: Dodgers vs. Braves
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Mike Gianella

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Dodgers at Braves
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Daniel Rathman

09-18

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Quiet on the Wild Card Front
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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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Painting the Black: The Transactions We Didn't Analyze
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R.J. Anderson

09-10

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The Call-Up: Christian Bethancourt
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Jason Cole and Paul Sporer

08-29

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Skewed Left: Overlooked Atlanta?
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Zachary Levine

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

The View from the Loge Level: The Mentors Behind the Managers

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Daron Sutton

For every elite draft prospect, there's a coach.

Seeing the best amateurs in the nation play in the Perfect Game All American Classic last weekend in San Diego proved to be quite the preview for the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Nine prep pitchers touched 95 mph or higher, including San Clemente (CA) senior Kolby Allard, who put his name in neon lights high above the amateur landscape, partly because of a velocity bump to the mid-90s. That’s just one example of what occurred while the players were centered up in the MLB Network lenses. But in spending time up close with the prospects at the workouts, the meals, the awards banquet and the Rady Children’s Hospital visit, it was easy to see there were many who had solid and diverse foundations provided by families and coaches at home.

And if you coaches wonder how quickly the seeds you have planted, nurtured with baseball wisdom and guidance, might blossom, then many of these athletes were an indication that there are plenty of coachable, skilled players in the next generation. The instant coaching impact had me wondering about the lasting stories that might be told about player/mentor connections decades from now.

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Also a shaggy-haired lefty reliever going to Atlanta, putting two useful parts in Atlanta for the stretch run.

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Looking at a player who wasn't in the BP Annual but is contributing this year.

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The ninth-inning perils in Anaheim should be fixed by Huston Street, while the Padres further deplete a weak Angels farm system.



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July 18, 2014 6:00 am

The View from the Loge Level: From the Home of the Braves

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Daron Sutton

A Hall of Famer's remembrances of the Ted Turner years in Atlanta.

The view from the loge level this week has us seated in Atlanta. We’re not in Turner Field, though the Braves will grow roots there over the next month, with 21 of their next 29 on the corner of Georgia Avenue and Hank Aaron Drive. Instead our view is from Fulton County Stadium, aka the Launching Pad or the ‘Original’ Chop Shop. Your usher is one of my mentors and a man who taught the South and a nation about baseball, Braves Hall of Famer Pete Van Wieren. I was fortunate enough to be on the ‘listening-end’ of many great tales the legendary broadcaster shared with his much younger colleague, and a few times these stories managed to be documented. Most of you know at least a few of the details of these occurrences, but here are a handful of Braves’ memories through Pete’s eyes.

In our advanced media consumption world of ESPN, Fox Sports, Fox Sports 1, MLB Network, mlb.tv, etc., imagine the thoughts of a broadcaster in the mid-1970s when he realized that he would be calling games not in Atlanta, nor Georgia, but nationwide as his boss Ted Turner turned a local UHF channel into Superstation TBS and beamed it coast-to-coast into everyone’s home. The network’s most dependable daily program: the Atlanta Braves.

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June 25, 2014 6:00 am

Top GM Candidates

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BP Staff

Who are some of the strongest candidates in line for the top front office job?

After the news broke that the Padres had fired General Manager Josh Byrnes, a wave of questions hit the social sphere about potential candidates for the position, questions that have been stuck on a shelf for nearly 1,000 days thanks to unprecedented continuity in the front office ranks. Everybody loves a good list, so I decided to take a page out of the prospect team handbook and poll members of the Baseball Prospectus staff and industry sources alike, asking for their thoughts on the top up-and-coming personnel stars in baseball. The goal of this exercise is to take the temperature of the moment, showing the readers which candidates are held in the highest regard by their peers when put on the spot for an answer; the goal is not to exclude talented baseball minds who are equally qualified and capable of achieving such career heights but just so happen to escape the tips of the tongues of those surveyed. Because of my specific professional relationships, I removed myself from the voting process and limited my participation to compiling the votes of confidence and organizing the personnel capsules (written by various staff members) that will accompany the list. –Jason Parks

Candidate: John Coppolella
Current role: Assistant General Manager (Braves)
Skill set: A rising star in the industry for some time, the former student manager for the Notre Dame football team has injected the characteristics of winning into his DNA through nearly 15 years experience with the two most successful franchises in the modern era (Yankees/Braves). Coppolella is fluent in both the esoteric language of scouting (he still directs pro scouting for the Braves) and the importance of advanced statistical analysis, a marriage of information management that would allow him to thrive at the helm of a team as a younger upside play. It’s an eventuality that both the writers at Baseball Prospectus (he received the most votes) and his peers in the industry think happens sooner rather than later.



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June 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul

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R.J. Anderson

The Angels drop Ibanez, whose first name is Raul, which sounds like the word rule. Also: Brad Mills lands in Oakland, and Yohan Pino makes the majors.



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June 3, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady

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R.J. Anderson

The Astros and Jonathan Singleton make plans together, the Marlins trade a draft pick, and the Braves call up a new arm.

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May 29, 2014 12:00 am

The Call-Up: Tommy La Stella

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Mark Anderson and Mike Gianella

The Braves call up a hit-first second baseman whose performances have carried him up the ladder.

The Situation: The Braves incumbent second basemen, Dan Uggla (.177/.254/.257) and Tyler Pastornicky (.200/.317/.257), have struggled mightily so far this season, and as a result, the club is looking for a spark to help their offense. On the horizon, the Braves' no. 6 ranked prospect (by Baseball Prospectus) Tommy La Stella will get a chance to have an impact with the big-league club.

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The Cespedes Family Barbecue boys hit the road.

Jake Mintz and Jordan Shusterman, the proprietors of Cespedes Family Barbecue, are taking a baseball road trip and chronicling their travels at Baseball Prospectus. You can find the series introduction and itinerary here.

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May 5, 2014 11:41 am

Transaction Analysis: For Whom the Bell Tolls

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R.J. Anderson

It tolls for Heath. Also: Chris Johnson's extension, and the Tigers sign a former closer.

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Dissecting the new season's most surprising sensation.

One of the things I’d like to think the baseball community has gotten better about is recognizing a fluke when we see one. When Jeff Locke pitched to a 2.15 ERA in the first half of 2013, running an 8-2 record, almost no one was buying. Instead of being distracted by the ERA or the record, we focused on the low strikeout-to-walk ratio, the microscopic BABIP, the middling velocity, and the fact that he wasn’t one of the team’s top 11 prospects the last time he was eligible. “Jeff Locke is going to regress,” intoned every internet analyst. “It is known.” We even had stats—FIP, xFIP, and so on—to support our position, which made the argument easier. That’s not to say that before Bill James, every soft-tosser who strung together a few successful starts was christened the next Sandy Koufax. But information is easier than ever to access, and most of it suggested that Locke wouldn’t last.

Locke himself made the case that the advanced stats were making a major mistake by overlooking the enhanced deception in his delivery and his newfound confidence and skill at pitching to contact. The evidence that's accumulated since suggests he was wrong: in the second half, Locke’s ERA ballooned to 6.12, and now, less than a year after Bruce Bochy named him to the National League All-Star team, he’s back in Triple-A. Sometimes, though, career reinventions are real. Last May, I wrote about “the incredible new Neal Cotts” based on the 30-something reliever’s 20-plus Triple-A innings, and the lefty lived up to the billing. The more impressive the peripherals, the more convincing the performance, no matter how small the sample.

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