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05-18

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Overthinking It: How Big Papi Got His Bat Back
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Ben Lindbergh

04-15

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Tater Trot Tracker: Trot Times for April 14
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Larry Granillo

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part Two
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Steven Goldman and Ben Lindbergh

01-19

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On the Beat: The Arbitration Preview Edition
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John Perrotto

12-09

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The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/09/11
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Michael Street

07-13

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All-Star Home Run Derby: Big Papi Takes The Crown
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Jesse Behr

06-17

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Transaction Analysis: AL Quadrille
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Christina Kahrl

05-17

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On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

11-06

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Transaction Action: Better Angels and a Beantown Explosion?
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Christina Kahrl

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: Angels versus Red Sox LDS
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Christina Kahrl

07-05

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On the Beat: All-Stars!
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John Perrotto

04-28

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Transaction Analysis: Updates from the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: The All-A Edition
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Team Health Reports: Boston Red Sox
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Will Carroll

02-27

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Under The Knife: On the Mend?
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Will Carroll

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: Red Sox versus Rays
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Christina Kahrl

08-05

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Under The Knife: Dealing with Delays
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Will Carroll

07-03

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Transaction Analysis: AL East Moves and Issues
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Christina Kahrl

10-10

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Future Shock: How the Red Sox Were Built
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Kevin Goldstein

08-01

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Overwhelming Underdogs
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John Perrotto

09-19

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of September 19th
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Jay Jaffe

08-23

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Prospectus Game of the Week: New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox, 8/20/06
by
Derek Jacques

08-18

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Transaction Analysis: August 15-17
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Christina Kahrl

04-25

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Prospectus Hit List: Week of April 23
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Jay Jaffe

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: April 5-10
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Prospectus Today: Big Papi's Big Deal
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Joe Sheehan

09-16

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Prospectus Matchups: Luck is for the Unskilled
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Jim Baker

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May 18, 2012 3:00 am

Overthinking It: How Big Papi Got His Bat Back

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Ben Lindbergh

After looking like he was on his last legs in 2009 and again in 2010, David Ortiz has returned to near-peak form. How did he do it?

In the June 2009 issue of ESPN The Magazine, Bill Simmons wrote an obituary for the bat of David Ortiz. “Look, I’ve seen slumps,” Simmons wrote in reference to Ortiz’s awful April. “This was different. This was the collapse of a career.”

The Sports Guy can be excused for giving up on Ortiz too early. Ortiz was coming off a 2008 season in which he’d managed only a .293 True Average (TAv)—still a strong figure, but by far his worst with the Red Sox. His start to 2009 was far worse: Ortiz hit .185/.284/.287 with one home run through May. (That line translates to a .205 TAv, a near match for Albert Pujols’ .209 mark in 2012.) He was also 33 years old and stuck in the steepest part of the aging curve, which made his decline seem especially ominous. As Simmons wrote, “That’s what happens to beefy sluggers on their way out: Their knees go, they stiffen up, bat speed slows and, in the blink of an eye, they’re done.” Great hitters don’t often fade quite that quickly, but Simmons was hardly the only observer who thought Ortiz was over the hill. Nearly everyone who saw Ortiz early that season came away convinced that his bat had slowed significantly, and possibly permanently.

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The tater trots for April 14: Kemp's big day, Helton finds the fountain of youth, Big Papi's first trot, and a pair of speedsters.

Sunday morning and waffles are calling. Let's get to the trots!

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Wrapping up our tour of the AL Central by discussing how good the Tigers can be, how close the Royals are to being competitive, and the sorry state of the Twins.

1) Will their defensive experiment work out?

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January 19, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: The Arbitration Preview Edition

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John Perrotto

Handicapping upcoming arbitration hearings with our own personal panel.

Love them or hate them, reality shows get big ratings and make lots of money for the television networks. With that in mind, and knowing how much Major League Baseball and its owners love to continually look for new revenue streams, we would like to propose a reality show for the MLB Network.

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December 9, 2011 9:00 am

The Keeper Reaper: First, Third, and DH for 12/09/11

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Michael Street

Michael looks at a trio of third basemen, traditionally a thin fantasy position, as well as a young first baseman and an aging designated hitter.

Now that the Great Wall of Pujols has finally been breached at the Winter Meetings, the barbarian hordes of remaining free agents will surely begin to come pouring through, sending fantasy owners scrambling to make keeper decisions like so many frightened peasants. Until those signings happen, this issue of Keeper Reaper will catch up on some reader requests and look at one other significant transaction that’s already occurred in the corner infield and designated hitter markets.

As always, the names for each keeper category are linked to PFM’s 2011 dollar-value rankings for players in those leagues. And suggestions for other players you’d like to see covered are always welcome in the comments section.

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July 13, 2010 8:00 am

All-Star Home Run Derby: Big Papi Takes The Crown

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Jesse Behr

David Ortiz, whose career seemed in an unstoppable downward spiral at this time a year ago, punctuates his return to prominence.

Some stat geeks and sabermetric fanatics usually pass-up the All-Star Home Run Derby, calling the event purely commercialized for the younger or more casual fans, not for the true fans that study the game! Well, now at 18, I’d like to think of myself as a “scholar of the game.” I’m increasing my knowledge each and every day with Baseball Prospectus, as numerous research and analytical assignments ensures the expansion of my baseball mind.

However, I can happily admit that there was nothing wrong with enjoying Monday night's showcase of baseball’s best power hitters (well, beside A-Rod, Pujols, and Ryan Howard….). Maybe, aside from bragging rights, it didn’t count for anything, but what it did do was bring to light the competitive nature of a baseball player. Yes, it was just a derby, but it still meant something to each and every one of those participants. Especially for Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was pronounced as good as dead at the same time last year. Now, once again an All-Star, Big Papi put on a show at Angels Stadium in Anaheim.

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June 17, 2010 6:54 pm

Transaction Analysis: AL Quadrille

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Christina Kahrl

Squaring what's going on with the Red Sox, Angels, Orioles, and Blue Jays.

IN THIS ISSUE

American League

ANAHEIM ANGELS
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Activated 3B-R Brandon Wood from the 15-day DL; optioned RHP Rafael Rodriguez to Salt Lake (Triple-A). [6/15]
Placed INF-S Maicer Izturis on the 15-day DL (strained elbow); recalled RHP Sean O'Sullivan from Salt Lake. [6/16]
Activated C-R Jeff Mathis from the 15-day DL; designated 1B/OF-L Mike Ryan for assignment. [6/17]

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May 17, 2010 8:57 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

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John Perrotto

The Mariners try to weather their storms, along with other notes from around the major leagues.

Jack Zduriencik cringed with each magazine cover that his Mariners appeared on in February and each flowery feature story that was written about his team during spring training. The general manager feared that the expectations were running too high over a team just two years removed from a 101-loss season. Zduriencik had pulled off the surprise move of the winter by acquiring ace left-hander Cliff Lee from the Phillies in a three-way trade that included Philadelphia getting another ace, right-hander Roy Halladay, from the Blue Jays. That move came on the heels of the Mariners increasing their victory total by 24 last season, going from 61-101 to 85-77. The Mariners also became the darling of the sabermetric and analytic set by emphasizing the new wave of defensive metrics to help rebuild their roster, as they led the American League in defensive efficiency and finished second to the Dodgers in the major leagues.

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November 6, 2009 2:42 pm

Transaction Action: Better Angels and a Beantown Explosion?

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Christina Kahrl

The Hermida trade, the Angels' choice, and other moves.

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Acquired OF-L Jeremy Hermida from the Marlins for LHPs Jose Alvarez and Hunter Jones; outrighted RHP Fernando Cabrera and OF-L Joey Gathright to Pawtucket (Triple-A); noted that INF-R Nick Green filed for free agency. [11/5]

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October 18, 2009 2:38 am

Winter League Preview

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Carlos J. Lugo

A preview of the Dominican Winter League, taking a look at the teams, stadiums, managers, and players to watch for.

The "National Religion" came back on October 16th, as the Dominican League launched its 56th edition. Reliably praised as having the highest level of talent among the winter leagues, one should expect to watch another mix of highly ranked prospects, mid-level major leaguers, a few recognizable American players, veterans looking for another shot, and some major league stars between now and the end of the Caribbean Series in February. The league format has six teams playing a 50-game regular-season schedule, with the four best records advancing to a long 18-game round-robin playoff, and the two remaining best clubs play a best-of-nine final series to decide the league's champion. Without further ado, here's what this season will bring us:

Tigres del Licey (Licey Tigers)
Home: Santo Domingo
2008-09 record: 26-24, fourth place (tied) regular season; 12-6, first place round-robin; beat the Gigantes in the final series 5-0.
Ballpark: Estadio Quisqueya; strong pitcher's park, with a Park Factor of 92.




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October 8, 2009 6:43 pm

Playoff Prospectus: Angels versus Red Sox LDS

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Christina Kahrl

It's a fourth spin in six years for these two teams, but will the outcome change this time around?

Well, this certainly seems familiar. One of the reliable features of a divisional playoff slate that involves twice as many ballclubs and wild-card teams makes for a few rematches, so it's not too much of a surprise that we get to see the Red Sox and Angels square off for a fourth time in six years in October. Perhaps it's the easy isolation of living in the Midwest, but there seems to be little of the overwrought provincial self-absorption for Angels fans, where they might deserve to be filled with equal parts trepidation and anticipation. Where the hysterics of Red Sox Nation would treat three series losses to the same opponent in five years in October-the very same opponent from the epic '86 ALCS no less-there seems to be no such elaborate attention devoted the equally desperate concerns of Angels fans for having to be the ones who have seen their team fight and falter before the Red Sox in those three LDS matchups. It can't be taken as too much of a surprise; no doubt there are Rangers fans still bitter over how their team was squashed thrice in four seasons by the Yankees in the late '90s, and no doubt Yankees fans, those East Coast sophisticates, were like so many crushers and enjoyed the stomping, and Red Sox fans are no doubt no different when it comes to their post-season entertainments.

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July 5, 2009 1:29 pm

On the Beat: All-Stars!

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John Perrotto

One man's picks for the full rosters for both leagues, plus other news and views to wrap up the weekend.

Major League Baseball will announce its All-Star teams this afternoon, and there will be the usual debate about who deserved to be picked for the July 14 game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis but got snubbed. As you wait for the real squads to be announced you can debate who got snubbed on the official On The Beat All-Star team.

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