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BP Podcast: Episode 89: Marriage Counseling
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Kevin Goldstein

12-02

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Baseball Prospectus News: Introducing Best of Baseball Prospectus: 1996-2011
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Ben Lindbergh

03-07

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Future Shock: Keith Lieppman Interview, Part 1
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Kevin Goldstein

02-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Doug Thorburn
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David Laurila

12-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Dan Giese
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David Laurila

10-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave LaRoche
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David Laurila

09-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Trembley
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David Laurila

04-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Deric Ladnier
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David Laurila

12-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Craig Breslow
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David Laurila

07-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Tom House
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Jason Grady

06-12

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The Ledger Domain: Stan Kasten Interview
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Maury Brown

05-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Geivett
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Jonah Keri

07-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony La Russa
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Graham Bensinger

05-16

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Prospectus Q&A: John Schuerholz
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Jonah Keri

05-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Johnson
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Thomas Gorman

04-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Manny Acta
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Carlos J. Lugo

04-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Juan Marichal
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Carlos J. Lugo

02-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Jon Daniels
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Jonah Keri

08-25

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Cuban
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Jonah Keri

06-09

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Prospectus Q&A: B.J. Upton
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Ben Murphy

05-26

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Prospectus Q&A: Charlie Zink
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Chaim Bloom

05-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Jered Weaver
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Jason Grady

04-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Carlos Gomez
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Jay Jaffe

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

04-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Miguel Tejada
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Fernando Ruano, Jr.

03-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Fred Claire
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Jonah Keri

03-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Jose Reyes
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Fernando Ruano, Jr.

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Bavasi, Part II
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Jonah Keri

02-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Bill Bavasi, Part I
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Jonah Keri

01-29

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Prospectus Q&A: Jason Szuminski
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Cliff Roscow

01-20

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Prospectus Q&A: D'Angelo Jimnez
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Carlos J. Lugo

12-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Josh Lewin
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Jonah Keri

11-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Kim Ng
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Jonah Keri

07-25

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6-4-3: Next Anonymous Friday
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Gary Huckabay

07-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Allen Barra
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Alex Belth

05-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Zach Day
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Jonah Keri

05-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Roger Angell, Part II
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Alex Belth

05-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Craig Counsell
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Jonah Keri

05-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Roger Angell, Part I
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Alex Belth

05-07

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Behind the Mask Q&A
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Jason Grady

04-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Verstegen
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Jonah Keri

04-03

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Minor League Q&A
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Craig Elsten

03-28

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6-4-3: What Can You Spell With Four Ps?
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Gary Huckabay

03-25

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Surveying the Authors
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Baseball Prospectus

02-25

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Prospectus Q&A
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Jonah Keri

08-08

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Prospectus Q&A
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Stuart Shea

01-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Neill
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Derek Zumsteg

02-01

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Interview with Frank Catalanotto
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Keith Law

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July 12, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Tony La Russa

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Graham Bensinger

BP Radio correspondent Graham Bensinger sat down recently with NL manager Tony La Russa to discuss all things All-Star.

Baseball Prospectus: Before we get to your book, obviously you're in the heart of a baseball season. The All-Star Game is fast approaching and after the players are voted in, with the additional selections you have, and the tremendous level of talent you have right here with the Cardinals, how difficult does that make it for you?

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May 16, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: John Schuerholz

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Jonah Keri

The architect of two World Championship teams and the game's longest-running divisional dynasty talks about how he does his job.

Schuerholz recently chatted with Baseball Prospectus about the transition from scout to general manager, the team's focus on drafting Georgia prep players, the importance of delegating, and more.

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May 11, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mark Johnson

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Thomas Gorman

Johnson served as Senior Analyst of Baseball Development for the 2004 NL Champion St. Louis Cardinals. Now back in Silicon Valley, Johnson sat down with BP during a recent San Jose Giants game to discuss his background, his experience with the Cardinals, and where he sees the the most valuable applications of sabermetrics, both now and in the future.

Baseball Prospectus: Could you begin by telling our readers a little bit about your academic background? In the baseball industry it is a bit atypical.

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April 11, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Manny Acta

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Carlos J. Lugo

Current Mets third base coach Manny Acta seemingly came out of nowhere to be a finalist for Arizona's managerial vacancy. Carlos Lugo sat down with this successful Dominican League manager to learn a bit about his managerial philosophy, his background, and his experience in the Expos organization.

Acta managed for three years in the Dominican Winter League: in his first year he made the playoffs managing the Estrellas, and he spent the last two seasons at the helm of the nation's most popular and successful team, the Licey Tigers. Acta won the League's championship and Caribbean World Series in his first year with the Tigers, and lost a seven game Final Series against the Cibao Eagles this past January.

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April 5, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Juan Marichal

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Carlos J. Lugo

Carlos Lugo sits down with Hall of Famer Juan Marichal to discuss the art of pitching, the origins of his high leg kick, and what a pitcher needs to learn to stay effective.

Beyond his high style, Marichal also one of the best pitchers in history. A six-time 20-game winner, the former San Francisco Giants great won a total of 243 games, and his 191 wins during the 60s were the highest total of the decade. Marichal never won a Cy Young award, because in the years he was great, somebody--namely Koufax, Gibson, Chance or Seaver--was historically great. Marichal pitched in eight All-Star games, winning two of them, and he was voted the 1965 game MVP. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1983, his third year of eligibility.

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February 23, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jon Daniels

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Jonah Keri

Prospectus Q&A returns, as Jonah Keri talks to Rangers Assistant General Manager Jon Daniels about the new blood in major league front offices, the challenges of playing in a big hitter's park, and more.

After gaining experience working on draft history, park effects and other studies, the Rangers hired him as Assistant Baseball Operations Director in 2002. Promoted to Director of Baseball Operations when Dan O'Brien left the Rangers to take the Reds' General Manager job, Daniels then ascended to the role of Assistant General Manager last summer, solidifying his status as right-hand man to Rangers GM John Hart. Now one of the youngest AGMs in the game, Daniels' duties include contract negotiations and an array of broader strategic decisions. Daniels recently chatted with Baseball Prospectus about the new blood in major league front offices, the challenges of playing in a big hitter's park, and more.

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August 25, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mark Cuban

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Jonah Keri

Mark Cuban made his fortune through the sale of his company, Broadcast.com, to Yahoo for $5.7 billion in 1999. Rather than push his luck during the frenetic peak of the Internet bubble, Cuban took his cash and fulfilled a dream, buying the NBA's Dallas Mavericks for $280 million in 2000. With a risk-taking approach and a focus on marketing and investing in the product, Cuban has since presided over the Mavericks' transformation into one of the league's most successful and high-profile teams. Cuban recently chatted with Baseball Prospectus about the role of a good owner, labor relations in pro sports, and more.

Baseball Prospectus: Do you see pro sports franchises as bottom-line operations, or are they more the domain of the public, and come with a different set of rules?

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In Baseball Prospectus 2004, our authors ranked Devil Rays farmhand B.J. Upton as the No. 8 prospect in the game, while Baseball America on pegged him at No. 2 on their preseason list. Since then Upton's done nothing to make those rankings look foolish, and at the tender age of 19, has already found himself playing shortstop every day at Triple-A Durham, where he's currently hitting .315/.422/.565. Since being taken second overall in the 2002 amateur draft, Upton has been covered by John Sickels at ESPN.com and by David Cameron here at BP. Baseball Prospectus caught up with Upton before a recent home game against the Syracuse Skychiefs, where we discussed tough pitchers, being a role model, and what it takes to improve defensive performance.

Baseball Prospectus caught up with Upton before a recent home game against the Syracuse Skychiefs, where we discussed tough pitchers, being a role model, and what it takes to improve defensive performance.

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May 26, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Charlie Zink

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Chaim Bloom

Red Sox pitcher Charlie Zink is a rarity among pitchers: a 24-year-old knuckleballer. As a traditional pitcher in the Sally League, Zink put up a 1.68 ERA in relief in 2002 before the big club converted him to a full-time knuckleball pitcher. Zink posted a 3.90 ERA in High-A last year before improving on that with a 3.43 ERA in 39 innings at AA. This year, he cracked BP's Top 50 Prospects list. We sat down with Zink last week before a road game against the New Britain Rock Cats, and asked him about life as one of baseball's rarest breeds.

Baseball Prospectus: Your college career took you from California to a small Division III school in Georgia, and you even flirted with a pro golf career. How did you get your start in pro baseball?

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May 20, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jered Weaver

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Jason Grady

Simi Valley, Calif. native and Long Beach State (No. 5) RHP Jered Weaver sat down with BP to discuss Team USA, superstitions and how he dominates hitters. Jered is a six-time 2004 National Player of the Week, seven-time Big West Player of the Week, a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy awarded to the top player in collegiate baseball and a potential #1 overall pick in the upcoming June draft. His 2004 line: W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO 14-0 1.27 113.1 55 19 16 14 171

W-L ERA IP H R ER BB SO 14-0 1.27 113.1 55 19 16 14 171

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April 8, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Carlos Gomez

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Jay Jaffe

Carlos Gomez is a work in progress. At 26 years old, the Puerto Rico native has only 60 innings of professional ball under his belt in baseball backwaters such as Canton, Ohio and Allentown, Pa. With a high school career hampered by injury and a college career marred by ineffectiveness and then a bout of "Ankielitis," envisioning any kind of professional career at all for Gomez seemed a stretch. But persistence and a willingness to experiment have allowed Gomez to cast off his pitching woes and remake himself as a sidearming reliever, and intellectual curiosity has spurred him to incorporate objective research into his pitching approach. His is the story of Moneyball writ small, one player searching for any advantage he can get in order to rise through the professional ranks.

Traveling under the handle "Chad Bradford Wannabe," Gomez began posting to Baseball Primer last fall. Our first encounter found him searching for a way to gauge the level of his independent-league competition using Equivalent Average, a query which brought him to the attention of Baseball Prospectus' writers. Since then, he's become a popular member of the online baseball community, chiming in several times this past off-season on his experiences playing winter ball, his own research, and his evolving approach to the game. Gomez is slated to pitch for the New Jersey Jackals of the Northeast League this year.

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For the following survey, 13 members of the Baseball Prospectus staff submitted their predictions in time for publication, covering--among other things--divisional standings and end-of-season awards.

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