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11-05

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Overthinking It: Brad Ausmus and Cementing the New Model for Managers
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Ben Lindbergh

10-06

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Prospectus Perspective: Goodbye, Old Pal
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Steven Goldman

03-16

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Analyze This: Hot Spots: Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

01-27

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Transaction Action: Senior Circuitry
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Christina Kahrl

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

07-16

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

11-01

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Hacking Mass
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Ben Murphy

09-18

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Philadelphia Phillies at Houston Astros, September 15, 2006
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Derek Jacques

06-27

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Houston Astros at Chicago White Sox, June 23, 2006
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Derek Jacques

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals
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Christina Kahrl

10-10

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Prospectus Today: Inches
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Joe Sheehan

11-23

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Assessing Productive Outs
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Anthony Passaretti

10-26

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2004 HACKING MASS Results
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Dave Pease

10-13

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Playoff Prospectus: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros
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Christina Kahrl

02-23

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Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics
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Baseball Prospectus

11-25

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Transaction Analysis: October 13-November 19
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Christina Kahrl

12-20

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Prospectus Roundtable: Jeff Kent, Kevin Millwood, and Erik Estrada
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Baseball Prospectus

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

07-12

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Transaction Analysis: July 4-9, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

01-10

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Field General or Backstop?
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Keith Woolner

01-22

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Transaction Analysis: January 13-21
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Christina Kahrl

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November 23, 2004 12:00 am

Assessing Productive Outs

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Anthony Passaretti

Productive outs are a small part of offense that, at the extremes, can be worth a win a season. Making them, however, does not appear to be a repeatable skill for players.

This past April, ESPN.com's Buster Olney introduced a new statistic, Productive Out Percentage, to the baseball public. Working with the Elias Sports Bureau, Olney attempted to create a metric that would support the idea that productive outs were a key element in winning baseball. While the sabermetric community swiftly debunked Olney's creation as flawed--there's no relationship between the quality of a team's offense and its tendency to make productive outs--one question remained unanswered: how valuable are productive outs relative to other offensive events?

Productive outs, such as ground balls that advance runners, have a small benefit relative to outs that do not, such as strikeouts and pop-ups. Certainly, moving a runner over is preferable to not doing so, and over the course of 162 games, occasional bases gained can add up. What they add up to has never been quantified, but thanks to the new widespread availability of play-by-play data, however, we now have the opportunity to do so.

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October 26, 2004 12:00 am

2004 HACKING MASS Results

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Dave Pease

Brad Ausmus may have fallen short of the World Series, but he was an integral part of this year's HACKING MASS champion.

No matter what rooting interest you have, though, one thing ties us all together: that we could have had our own free HACKING MASS team this year. This year's competition attracted more than 1,300 competitors, most of whom attacked their Bizarro General Manager job description with gusto. If you don't know what HACKING MASS is, take a look at this year's Rules; we'll wait.

Now, let's break down this year's results.

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October 13, 2004 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros

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Christina Kahrl

In a matchup featuring two powerful offenses, the Cardinals and Astros march into battle. Chris Kahrl breaks it down.

In this case, what it lacks in history-drenched humiliation, it makes up for in a plain old clash between a runaway winner and a second-place team happy we live in the wild-card age. So the best team in the league gets to take on the team that's been hottest down the stretch, with two high-powered lineups that should definitely give us some postseason mayhem in Randomly-Named Corporate Boondoggle Ballpark down in Houston, and two well-regarded managers pulling the high-leverage levers.

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The Astros upgrade on their rotation. The Selig's finally announce their sale of the Brewers. And the A's project to improve their offense, despite losing their star shortstop to the most expensive fourth-place team in history. All this and much more news from Houston, Milwaukee, and Oakland in your Monday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Offseason Moves: News for those hiding under a rock for the last few months: the Houston Astros added Andy Pettite and subsequently Roger Clemens to their rotation. (Surprisingly, Astros Manager Jimy Williams resisted the urge to name either of the homecoming heros his opening day starter, instead going with the PECOTA-approved Roy Oswalt.)
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    November 25, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: October 13-November 19

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    Christina Kahrl

    The White Sox will regret hiring Ozzie Guillen. The Astros' Brad Ausmus and Jose Vizcaino: how to flush $4 million down the toilet. The A's and Jays hook up for yet another trade. The Phillies won't solve their bullpen problem with Billy Wagner alone. The Mariners look poised for a fall. These and other news and notes in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    Featuring Jonah Keri, Jeff Bower, Chris Kahrl, Derek Zumsteg, Nate Silver, Jeff Hildebrand, Gary Huckabay, Dave Pease

    [The signing of Jeff Kent and the 2003 Astros offense]

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    October 9, 2001 12:00 am

    Playoff Prospectus

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    Christina Kahrl

    So who's the underdog? With the Astros' pitching staff in tatters and the Braves' lineup deeply sunk in senescence, does the label even matter? Both teams have fought doggedly to get here, and the backstory of each is compelling in its own way. Limping down the stretch, the Astros fended off a desperate challenge from the Cardinals, while the Braves came from behind to overtake the Phillies' and their big early-season lead. Sadly, somebody's going to have to lose this series, which means that either the Braves or the Astros will continue to be labeled postseason losers despite the accomplishment of getting there.

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    What do we know about catching?

    Ed. note: the following article appeared in Baseball Prospectus 1999.

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    Signed INF Luis Rivera to a minor league contract with a spring training NRI. [1/15]

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