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03-09

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24

The Stats Go Marching In: The Hidden Helpers of the Pitching Staff
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Max Marchi

12-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
by
Bradford Doolittle

09-15

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The BP Wayback Machine: Sweet Relief
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Rany Jazayerli

03-28

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On the Beat: Braves' New World
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John Perrotto

12-08

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Inside The Park: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
by
Bradford Doolittle

11-18

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11

Prospectus Perspective: The Manager of the Year Award
by
Christina Kahrl

11-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part I
by
David Laurila

10-13

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On the Beat: Getting the Boot?
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John Perrotto

10-12

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16

Prospectus Perspective: LDS Day Six Wrapup
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Kevin Goldstein

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Preview: Giants vs. Braves
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Tommy Bennett

10-04

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23

Prospectus Perspective: Closure
by
Christina Kahrl

09-24

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Checking the Numbers: Examining the Braves' Decision
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Eric Seidman

09-06

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66

Prospectus Perspective: The La Russa-Rasmus Feud
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Steven Goldman

08-18

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Prospectus Perspective: Feeling Less Chipper?
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Christina Kahrl

07-15

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You Can Blog It Up: Yunel Escobar and the Bobby Cox All-Stars
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Steven Goldman

07-14

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28

Transaction Action: Going Gonzo
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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

05-24

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On the Beat: Monday Update
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John Perrotto

03-28

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Spring Conversations
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Kevin Goldstein

03-21

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

11-01

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You Could Look It Up: He Should Have Picked Lee
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Steven Goldman

09-30

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23

Prospectus Today: Selection Bias
by
Joe Sheehan

09-27

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
by
John Perrotto

09-20

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On the Beat: Weekend Wrapup
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John Perrotto

07-10

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20

Prospectus Today: Breaking From Fashion
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Joe Sheehan

03-04

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On the Beat: The Braves' New World
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John Perrotto

06-27

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Prospectus Preview: Friday's Games to Watch
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Caleb Peiffer

08-19

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Every Given Sunday: Settling into the Stretch
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John Perrotto

04-10

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Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?
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Brandon Isleib

03-29

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Price of Contentment
by
Dan Fox

03-22

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Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And More
by
Dan Fox

11-01

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Internet Baseball Awards
by
Greg Spira

10-10

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Prospectus Today: Inches
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Joe Sheehan

10-05

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

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-31
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Christina Kahrl

10-06

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Playoff Prospectus: Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros
by
Nate Silver

06-18

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Doctoring The Numbers: Doctoring the Numbers: Sweet Relief
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Rany Jazayerli

06-18

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Doctoring The Numbers: Sweet Relief
by
Rany Jazayerli

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
by
Christina Kahrl

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus
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Rany Jazayerli

07-24

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Transaction Analysis: July 17-20, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

11-20

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1999 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

10-26

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The Week in Quotes: October 18-24
by
Dennis Cleary

10-23

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World Series Prospectus
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Playoff Prospectus
by
Joe Sheehan

04-30

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NL East Notebook
by
Keith Law

04-16

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Projected 1999 National League Standings
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Baseball Prospectus

10-29

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1998 Internet Baseball Awards Results
by
Greg Spira

06-10

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BP Polling: Michael Wolverton's Ballot
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Michael Wolverton

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September 6, 2010 8:30 am

Prospectus Perspective: The La Russa-Rasmus Feud

66

Steven Goldman

The Cardinals needs to make sure manager Tony La Russa can coexist with center fielder Colby Rasmus for the betterment of their future.

On Sunday, the long-rumored antipathy between Tony La Russa and his young center fielder, Colby Rasmus, broke out into the open, when it was revealed that the player had asked to be traded by the Cardinals in late July. Though Rasmus denied the story, La Russa confirmed it. Subsequently, Albert Pujols landed on the kid with both feet:

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August 18, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Perspective: Feeling Less Chipper?

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Christina Kahrl

What should the Braves do absent their third baseman, and should they do anything?

There's something very wrong with the picture: the Braves, in a pennant race for the first time in five years, Bobby Cox's last stand, and Chipper Jones is out. Not just out, but out for the season, and depending on how he feels about trying to come back, possibly out for forever.

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Where does the dearly departed Escobar rank among the shortstops Bobby Cox has employed in 30 seasons as a manager?

In Bill James’ underappreciated book The Bill James Guide to Managers, James lists “All-Star Teams” for several of the great managers, choosing the best single-season performances the manager got at each position. This approach led to surprises, a subjective approach notwithstanding. Did Casey Stengel never have a better first baseman than Sam Leslie in 1934? Was Bobby Tolan really a better center fielder for Sparky Anderson than Chet Lemon? Al Bumbry ’80 for Earl Weaver’s center field instead of Paul Blair ’69?

It is premature to compile Bobby Cox’s all-time all-star team given that his players have through the end of the season to jump onto the list before the 69-year-old is expected to wrap up his Hall of Famer career. Despite this, I was inspired by the trade of Yunel Escobar to try to compile a list covering the manager’s 30-year career. The question I wanted to answer: did the Braves just trade the best single-season shortstop of Cox’s career? Escobar’s .299/.377/.436 and 14 home runs of last season would seem to be a strong year by a shortstop for a man who never managed any of the era’s Hall of Fame shortstops.

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July 14, 2010 4:32 pm

Transaction Action: Going Gonzo

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Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

An exchange of shortstops leaves the Blue Jays in great shape for the future, but what did the Braves get?

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Traded SS-R Alex Gonzalez, LHP Tim Collins, and MI-R Tyler Pastornicky to the Braves for LHP Jo-Jo Reyes and SS-R Yunel Escobar; designated RHP Ronald Uviedo for assignment. [7/14]

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May 24, 2010 8:56 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

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John Perrotto

Braves phenom Jason Heyward makes the adjustments, along with other notes from around the major leagues.

Anytime a player comes to the major leagues and has immediate success, he is always met with this response: How is he going to do once the league adjusts to him? Braves rookie right fielder Jason Heyward has answered that question in an emphatic and positive way. The 20-year-old made one of more memorable major-league debuts in recent years when he hit a long three-run home run in his first career plate appearance as the Braves routed the Cubs 16-5 on Opening Day at Turner Field. Heyward went on to hit .316/.409/.692 in his first 10 games before a .103/.297/.207 slide in the next 10 games dropped his triple-slash line down to .224/.358/.448.

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March 28, 2010 12:18 pm

Spring Conversations

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Kevin Goldstein

The second half of a discussion of the Braves with their director of baseball operations

For the first part of this discussion, surf here. Now, for the balance of their conversation:

Kevin Goldstein: Let's move to the minor leagues for a while. Once you get past Heyward and, for some, Freddie Freeman, the real strength of this organization lies with a nice collection of young, high-upside arms. Obviously, these are risky prospects like Arodys Vizcaino, who came over in the Javier Vazquez deal, Julio Teheran, and Randall Delgado, who is just a notch below them. How careful are you with these guys in terms or workload. How tentative are you with talents like this? How do you balance limiting their workload while still giving them the innings they need to become what you hope they will become?

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March 21, 2010 11:53 am

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

The Braves want to win one for Bobby, La Russa's noncommittal on the future, plus other MLB news and notes.

The Braves have been a big part of Brian McCann's life long before he became their starting catcher midway through the 2005 season. McCann grew in the Atlanta area, idolizing players like Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, and Chipper Jones, doing the tomahawk chop and watching his favorite team win one division title after another until the streak of post-season appearances reached a record 14 in a row.

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November 1, 2009 12:02 pm

You Could Look It Up: He Should Have Picked Lee

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Steven Goldman

The managerial decision tree for picking Game Four starters has had a number of offshoots, but how often did they lead to victory?

The present World Series has been notable for the way that both managers, facing rotations that are just a bit shorter than either would like, have struggled with the question of whether to bring back their Game One starters on short rest for Game Four. The managers tested their staffs and came to opposite conclusions: Charlie Manuel, fearful of pushing Cliff Lee too hard despite his terrific start in Game One and seeing that Joe Blanton had pitched relatively well this (and disregarding a poor track record against the Yankees), chose to wait until Game Five for Lee's encore. Joe Girardi, despairing of losing a World Series game with the wild and rarely utilized Chad Gaudin, decided to pitch big CC Sabathia on short rest, a move that paid off in the last round of the playoffs.

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September 30, 2009 12:12 pm

Prospectus Today: Selection Bias

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Joe Sheehan

Who are the heroes of the Tigers' maintenance of their lead over the Twins? Or the Rockies in remaining ahead of the Braves?

Amid the rush to beatify Justin Verlander, let's point out a couple of things. One, he didn't pitch as well as Rick Porcello did. Two, he had a marginally easier job, facing an ever-so-slightly inferior lineup, at night, in the second game of a doubleheader. Three, he was left in well past the point of effectiveness, and Jim Leyland's stubbornness on this point, when the most effective reliever he has right now would have been the perfect foil for Joe Mauer and Jason Kubel, nearly cost the Tigers the game.

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September 27, 2009 12:12 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

Getting enough pitching while having enough offense in Tinseltown, setting the changing of the guard in Atlanta to a timetable, plus news and views from around the game.

When Joe Torre began his managerial career 33 years ago, he did not believe in the old baseball adages about good pitching always beating good hitting, pitching winning championships, and pitching being 80 percent of the game. Torre believed hitting was equally as important as pitching. That was understandable, considering that Torre was quite the hitter during an 18-year career that spanned from 1960-77, as he had .297/.365/452 slash stats with a .298 career Equivalent Average and 252 home runs in 2,209 games.

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September 20, 2009 11:59 am

On the Beat: Weekend Wrapup

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John Perrotto

Skipper shuffling, who's whammying who in the AL, what's brewing in Milwaukee for the offseason, and more.

Just two in-season managerial changes have been made this year in the major leagues. As a result, t will be interesting to see how many there will be once the season ends in two weeks. Of the two made during the season, one has been credited for making a major impact. and the other has restored some measure of respectability to a franchise that seemed headed towards challenging the big-league record 120 losses compiled by the 1962 Mets.

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July 10, 2009 5:27 pm

Prospectus Today: Breaking From Fashion

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Joe Sheehan

Why hand out a capital 'C' when you can find better ways to rack up a few W's?

I wasn't a real big fan of Ryan Franklin making the All-Star team, because I see his microscopic ERA as a small-sample fluke out of step with the rest of his career. The number is helped along by good fortune on two numbers-batting average on balls in play, and home runs per fly ball-that tend to bounce around and reflect luck more than skill. He has a bunch of saves because a couple of pitchers, each with stronger skill sets, either pitched poorly or were never given a full chance before the job fell to him. He's certainly qualified by the established standards, but he's far from the best available option even if we just look at short relievers.

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