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May 7, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Halladay Sees a Doc

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R.J. Anderson

The Phillies' former ace is on the shelf, Freddy Garcia and Ricky Romero are back in the bigs, and Brian McCann returns from the DL.

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March 26, 2013 5:00 am

Overthinking It: Five Make-or-Break Contract Years

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Ben Lindbergh

A closer look at the impending free agents who have the most riding on a return to form or a return to health in 2013.

Before last season, no one would have predicted that fragile White Sox starter Jake Peavy would earn a bigger contract at the end of the year than Angels workhorse Dan Haren. Peavy, entering his age-31 season, was coming off three injury-plagued and ineffective seasons in which he’d thrown a combined 320 1/3 innings with an above-league average ERA; Haren, also entering his age-31 season, was coming off his seventh consecutive 200-plus-inning campaign, having led the AL in starts and strikeout-to-walk ratio and finished seventh in Cy Young voting the season before.

But 2012 proved pivotal in determining the size of the contract that each impending free agent could command. Peavy picked the perfect time to find his form, avoiding the DL, topping 200 innings, and making the All-Star team for the first time since 2007. Haren had back problems and saw his sinker lose speed and his stats decline across the board. As a reward for his resurgence, Peavy got a two-year, $29 million extension from the Sox, while Haren had to settle for a one-year deal with the Nats at a slightly lower annual value.

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October 11, 2012 8:42 am

In A Pickle: The Raul Ibanez Special

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Jason Wojciechowski

Raul Ibanez is the first player in postseason history to do what he did. Many of the stories of the 11 men who did it in the regular season are nearly as nearly as fascinating.

Today is one of those days when everybody is alike. One-day-old babies and 103-year-old grandfathers can sit down and converse (well, sorta) about how neither of them has seen anything like what happened yesterday. By which I mean: no manager has ever pinch-hit for a 100-WARP future Hall-of-Famer making $31 million with a 40-year-old late-blooming pretty-good-but-not-really-memorable player and had that pinch-hitter go on to hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth and a walk-off homer in extra innings of a playoff game. This has never happened, and we should all be rejoicing. (Except Orioles fans. You're exempt.)

Is that perhaps an overly specific way of defining what happened in yesterday's Orioles-Yankees contest as regards Alex Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez? You could say that. If you're the nitpicking type. But fine, I'll broaden the question.

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Ben and Sam question the conclusions of an article in The Atlantic about racial bias in baseball broadcasting, then talk about whether Brian McCann's best is behind him and whether his down year is the result of bad hitting hitting or bad luck.

Ben and Sam question the conclusions of an article in ​The Atlantic ​about racial bias in baseball broadcasting, then talk about whether Brian McCann's best is behind him and whether his down year is the result of bad hitting hitting or bad luck.

Effectively Wild Episode 30: "Is There Racial Bias in Baseball Broadcasting?/What to Make of Brian McCann"

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Brian McCann's hot streak has the Braves on a roll heading into the break

The Weekend Takeaway
On Thursday, Ben Lindbergh picked three players to rise and three to fall during the second half of the schedule, based on BABIPs, past performances, and expectations. One of his three risers was Brian McCann—and, right on cue, the Braves catcher has hit a home run in each of the team’s last four games.

Thanks in part to McCann’s efforts, the Braves enter this week on a four-game winning streak with things looking up for the second half. Fredi Gonzalez’s team is 46-39 at the break, four games behind the division-leading Nationals, and currently penciled in as the second Wild Card. That puts the Braves on an 88-win pace, but a hot summer from McCann would help them exceed it.


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June 14, 2012 9:36 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Thursday, June 14

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Jason Wojciechowski

In which the author, still worried about somehow jinxing it, does not directly mention Matt Cain's perfect game.

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With All-Star selection around the corner, the BP staff fills out their ballots for who deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic.

It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

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The tater trots for May 17: Alex Rodriguez and Brian McCann have a pair of really big games.

There were four rainouts across the league yesterday. Pretty impressive. Makes me wonder if Mother Nature is going to try and set a personal best later on this week, maybe bring it up to six or seven rainouts on a single night. That'd be something to write about.

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July 14, 2010 8:00 am

All-Star Game: McCann is The Man

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John Perrotto

The Braves catcher's three-run double enabled the NL to end a 13-game winless streak.

ANAHEIM—Tim Hudson watched the inning unfold from the bullpen. As he did, one thought kept crossing his mind.

"I kept hoping we'd get Brian McCann up to the plate in a big spot," Hudson said. "I knew if we did, we'd win the game."

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May 15, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: McCann versus Martin

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Joe Sheehan

Picking up an argument from last week, the reason to favor one over the other when talking about the NL's great pair of young backstops.

Last Friday on "Fantasy 411," Cory Schwartz and I went back and forth a bit about Brian McCann and Russell Martin. Now, we were talking about fantasy value, and Martin's green light on the bases tends to tip the balance to him in most formats for that game. That's because stolen bases are generally divorced from their costs in fantasy, and so have disproportionate value. Even though McCann is likely to hit for a higher average and more power, Martin is probably a better fantasy catcher.

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February 20, 2008 12:00 am

Doctoring The Numbers: Mariners, Braves, and Diamondbacks

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Rany Jazayerli

The singular dominance of Ichiro Suzuki, and unusual counting-stat issues for two rising stars.

Seattle Mariners

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