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05-30

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The Platoon Advantage: On the Padres, Cycles, Supercycles, and Pseudocycles
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Bill Parker

03-15

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Overthinking It: Free the Bench Bats!
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Ben Lindbergh

03-21

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Player Profile: Brian Giles
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Marc Normandin

02-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: Wrapping it Up
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Dan Fox

01-31

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Schrodinger's Bat: Back to the Drawing Board
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Dan Fox

12-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Issue of the Day, and Ranging into the Outfield
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Dan Fox

10-18

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Baserunning Edition
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Dan Fox

08-26

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Transaction Analysis: All-Around Catch-Up Edition
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Christina Kahrl

07-16

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Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

06-19

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Midseason Acquisitions
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Bryan Smith

05-31

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Transaction of the Day: Senior Circuit Switches
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Christina Kahrl

03-25

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Hope and Faith: How the San Diego Padres Can Win the World Series
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Marc Normandin

03-05

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The Week in Quotes: February 26-March 5
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Alex Carnevale

03-01

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Schrodinger's Bat: Clutch Performers, 2006
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Dan Fox

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Padres versus Cardinals
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Dan Fox

02-15

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Transaction Analysis: National League, December 15, 2005-February 11, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

02-07

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Fantasy Focus: Keeper League Decisions
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Jeff Erickson

12-23

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Should They Stay or Should They Go
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Bryan Smith

06-13

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Fantasy Focus: NL Quandaries
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Erik Siegrist

04-02

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Team Health Reports: San Diego Padres
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Will Carroll

02-11

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Transaction Analysis: January 12-February 6, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

10-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Kevin Towers, Part I
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Jonah Keri

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

09-08

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Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

11-26

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Prospectus Feature: 2002 HACKING MASS Results: All Players, By Name
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Baseball Prospectus

10-26

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Internet Baseball Awards: NL Player of the Year
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Greg Spira

08-02

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Transaction Analysis: July 30-31, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

11-07

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Staff Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

09-07

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Aim For The Head: Quality of Opposition
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Keith Woolner

07-12

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Prospectus Awards Balloting
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Baseball Prospectus

05-23

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Transaction Analysis: May 18-21, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

12-02

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Transaction Analysis: November 11-December 12
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Dave Pease

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: June 27-30
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Christina Kahrl

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No Padre has ever hit for a cycle, but as far as interesting achievements go, they've done much better.

Carlos Quentin was playing just his second game of the season on Tuesday afternoon, in the Padres’ eventual loss to the Cubs. He doubled in the second inning, homered in the fifth, and singled in the seventh, which meant that television and radio announcers were legally bound to declare that Quentin was “a triple short of the cycle.” It’s a phrase that, while true and harmless, also (as has been noted here in detail) has crazily misleading connotations; a hitter with a single, double and homer is a triple short of the cycle in the same way the guy playing Tevye in the community production of Fiddler on the Roof down the street is a Best Actor Oscar short of being Laurence Olivier.

In this case, though, it wasn’t just the announcers taking note of it. It was mentioned on Twitter, and for a brief period was the lead story on the front-and-center scroll at MLB’s website. That’s because in the extremely unlikely event it did happen (which, of course, it didn’t), it would have been the first time in franchise history that a Padres player had hit for the cycle.

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March 15, 2012 11:56 am

Overthinking It: Free the Bench Bats!

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Ben Lindbergh

Several overqualified players might be riding the pine while a pricier, less productive veteran hogs their position on Opening Day, but they deserve to be starting.

Every year, major-league teams spend millions on evaluating and acquiring players from outside their organizations, whether they’re amateurs eligible for the draft, professionals in another system, or foreign or domestic free agents available to the highest bidder. Sometimes, though, a potential source of improvement is already in house and in uniform, overlooked in favor of a more experienced or higher-paid player who’s no longer the best man for the job.

Sixteen years ago, Brian Giles was one such player. Giles was blocked by Albert Belle and Manny Ramirez at the outfield corners in Cleveland, but at designated hitter, only an aging Eddie Murray barred his way. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer had been productive a season before, but by ’96 he was a year away from retirement and had little left. Giles was ready to replace him. At age 25, he was beyond the age at which most promising players get a long major-league look, but he had only a September cup of coffee to show for his two successful seasons in Triple-A.

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March 21, 2010 12:12 pm

Player Profile: Brian Giles

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Marc Normandin

A look back at the career of the late-blooming and underrated slugger.

It's been a rough month for childhood favorites of mine, as not only Nomar Garciaparra retired, but Brian Giles, easily the player I was most irrationally obsessed with during the early part of the decade, also called it a career. How many of you have a cat named Brian Giles at your parents' house? Didn't think so. Giles had a very underrated career, one that fell from the spotlight it almost reached upon being traded to San Diego and the park that crushes hitters' dreams. He won't have the counting stats for a Hall of Fame career, but Giles had quite the career.

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February 14, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Wrapping it Up

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Dan Fox

Putting the finishing touches on the better (fielding) mousetrap.

"Baseball is Darwinian in its results but Newtonian in its processes. With rigorous empiricism fielders built up a solid foundation of knowledge through generations of trials and thousands of errors. Their peer-reviewed results quickly became standard operating procedures."
--Cait Murphy, describing the evolution of defensive play in Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History


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January 31, 2008 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Back to the Drawing Board

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Dan Fox

With a nod to the wisdom of crowds, Dan revisits Simple Fielding Runs and outfield defense.

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
--Thomas A. Edison


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December 20, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Issue of the Day, and Ranging into the Outfield

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Dan Fox

Before moving on to assessing outfielders through SFR, some thoughts on the import of Senator Mitchell's findings.

"Athletes who are chemically propelled to victory do not merely overvalue winning, they misunderstand why winning is properly valued."
George Will, "Barry Bonds' Enhancement," Newsweek, May 21, 2007


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October 18, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Baserunning Edition

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Dan Fox

Dan runs down the 2007 leaderboards in baserunning metrics, and crowns a player who helped his team the most on the basepaths.

"Never trust a baserunner who's limping. Comes a base hit, and you'll think he just got back from Lourdes."
--Joe Garagiola


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August 26, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: All-Around Catch-Up Edition

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Christina Kahrl

Big men in cleats bounce around, on and off the waiver wire, as everyone rejiggers their rosters, however slightly.

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July 16, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

Checking up on the moves and mayhem of all 16 clubs.

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June 19, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Midseason Acquisitions

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Bryan Smith

Bryan looks at the biggest impact call-ups since the strike, and gives you a few names you might not yet know who could have an impact on this year's pennant race.

As June slowly fades into July and the trade deadline inches closer, rumors have begun to fly about which teams are looking for midseason help. When you think of moves that can propel a team into the playoffs, you think "trade." But that's not the only midseason acquistion that can help a contender. When the Milwaukee Brewers called up Yovani Gallardo last week, the first-place Brew Crew added an elite pitcher that PECOTA projected a 3.92 ERA from in 2007--and that was before he left Indianapolis with the minor league strikeout lead (110 in 77.2 innings).

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May 31, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: Senior Circuit Switches

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Christina Kahrl

Christina checks out what the NL has been up to on the roster-shuffling beat.

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Marc breaks down the Padres' chances as the defending NL West champions try to improve by adding wins on the margins.

The 2006 Padres finished the season with 88 wins-including a gaudy 13-5 record against their rivals, the Los Angeles Dodgers-and this was in a season where Vinny Castilla accumulated ample playing time for a few months, staff ace Jake Peavy was off his rhythm for the first half, and former star outfielder Brian Giles lost his ability to hit for any semblance of power. This is a team that has won the division the past two seasons, even when most analysts did not think that would be the case either year, and this version is more than likely the most talented of the bunch. There are plenty of reasons to harbor hope and faith for the 2007 edition of the Padres.

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