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Ben and Sam slum it with a bunch of bad teams from baseball's underclass and speculate about which has the least hope of going all the way before 2022, then discuss Jimmy Rollins' benching and how much running out a popup really matters.

​Ben and Sam slum it  with a bunch of bad teams from baseball's underclass and speculate about which has the least hope of going all the way before 2022, then discuss Jimmy Rollins' benching and ​how much running out a popup really matters.

Episode 33​: "​The Least Likely Team to Win a World Series In the Next 10 Years/Does it Matter if Jimmy Rollins Jogs?"

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June 22, 2009 2:00 pm

Struggling Superstar

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The Yankees slugger's slow start has created questions about what the problem might be.

Performance Analysis: During the radio broadcast of last Thursday's game between the Yankees and the Nationals, a local beat writer joined YES announcers John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman in the booth, relaying an anecdote regarding Joe Girardi's attitude toward Alex Rodriguez's struggles. The writer said that the Yankee manager had no intention of giving the slugger a day off even amid his current slump because the team couldn't afford to have Rodriguez miss a day. Yet hours after Rodriguez's 0-for-4 showing against soft-tossing rookie Craig Stammen and company amid a 3-0 defeat, the team announced that he would sit out the next two games due to fatigue.

Call it the latest twist in Rodriguez's annus horribilis. Back in February, Selena Roberts identified the game's highest-paid player as one of the 104 players who tested positive for steroids during the supposedly anonymous 2003 survey testing, a report that became the centerpiece of a salacious tome painting him as a pants-on-fire liar as well as a pumpkin-eating cheater. A month later, the Yankees discovered that Rodriguez required surgery to repair a torn hip labrum, with Dr. Marc Philippon devising a procedure that would sideline him only until May while requiring a second operation after the season. His 2009 debut delayed until May 8, Rodriguez announced his return with a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw, but he was hitting just .212/.370/.462 at the time of his benching, including an 8-for-55 June.

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October 22, 2007 12:00 am

You Could Look It Up: Joe Torre in a Box

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Steven Goldman

Time for the Bill James-style test now that the Joe Torre era is over in New York.

In 1984, looking to find a way to characterize managers beyond the then-meager statistical record, Bill James introduced the "manager in a box" questionnaire. Assuming one answers the questions accurately, James's list of questions remains a good way of making visible those aspects of a manager's background and habits that he may not carry on his sleeve, but nonetheless influence the way games in his charge play out.

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April 5, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: Roster Review of the Centrals

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Christina Kahrl

Christina continues her analysis of the Opening Day 25-man rosters, and the decisions that led to their composition, by running down the Central Division teams.

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August 31, 2006 12:00 am

You Could Look It Up: Getting Your Head Examined in Toronto

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Steven Goldman

Steven notes that the wages of confrontation in the clubhouse don't always pay.

Miller Huggins is little remembered today. When he does come up, the diminutive Yankees manager is often recalled as the helpless foil to Babe Ruth and a carousing cadre of drunken pinstripers. In truth, Huggins was as hard-nosed as anyone in the game, certainly more so than Ruth, who tended to fold up when confronted by authority. It's how Huggins was able to survive years of dealing with both his players and an ownership tandem that was divided against him. Huggins had been hired by one-half owner Jacob Ruppert when his partner Til Huston was out of the country doing the crazy dance that was then sweeping the globe, World War I. Huston took his revenge on Ruppert by undermining Huggins whenever possible, often by overturning Huggins' attempts at enforcing discipline.

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January 20, 2006 12:00 am

Fantasy Focus: The Case for Contact

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Chris Liss

Launching the '06 edition of Fantasy Focus is an article asking questions about the relative value of making contact versus a Three True Outcomes approach at the plate.

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Take your seats in the Small Sample Size Theatre as we present a two-act play. Intermission? A trip through What Might Have Beenland...

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The Dodgers' offense has cooled in the month of May. The Twins' rotation has had its ups and downs already this season. And the after trying out third base, first base, and, yes, right field, the Giants will be starting Pedro Feliz at shortstop this week, in place of Neifi Perez. All this and much more news from Los Angeles, Minnesota, and San Francisco in your Friday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Swing, Batter: The Dodgers currently have the best record in the National League at 22-16, one and a half games ahead of the Padres in the NL West and a half-game ahead of the Astros overall. However, they are a .500 team in games decided by more than one run, and their run scoring (10th in the league) looks more like a .500 team than a contender:
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    May 28, 2003 12:00 am

    Prospectus Today: Stupid Human Tricks

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    Joe Sheehan

    Some days, you can't swing a dead cat without running into stupid human tricks. In Atlanta, Bob Boone demonstrated the death grip he has on baseball strategy of the late 19th century by benching the major-league leader in home runs, Adam Dunn, for the second straight day, this time against right-hander Shane Reynolds. The benching came one day after Dunn popped a pinch-hit grand slam in the 11th inning to propel the Reds to a 7-6 victory. I don't really care what kind of rationale Boone pulls out of his nether regions. The fact is, he's limiting Dunn's playing time for two reasons: batting average and strikeouts. We're more than 20 years into a more modern way of looking at baseball, and Bob Boone can't see far enough past batting average and strikeouts to notice that he's sitting his second- or third-best hitter.

    In Atlanta, Bob Boone demonstrated the death grip he has on baseball strategy of the late 19th century by benching the major-league leader in home runs, Adam Dunn, for the second straight day, this time against right-hander Shane Reynolds. The benching came one day after Dunn popped a pinch-hit grand slam in the 11th inning to propel the Reds to a 7-6 victory.

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