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December 15, 2010 9:25 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Outfield

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Rob McQuown

Rob McQuown addresses the two latest OF signings and their fantasy impact.

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The Cliff Lee chase, Red Sox rumblings, Jeter's lamentations, the Marvin Miller travesty, and the rest of the quotes from the week that was.

THEY HAVEN'T RULED OUT MOVING THE TEAM TO LITTLE ROCK

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November 24, 2010 3:00 am

B-Warned: Carl Crawford

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Brandon Warne

Examining the speed of the free agent and what it means for his future prospects.

Carl Crawford is the most desired free agent hitter on the market. No disrespect to Jayson Werth, Victor Martinez, and the rest who filed for free agency, but Crawford’s speed, athleticism, and overall skill set are exceeded only by Ichiro. Given that Ichiro has never really hit the free agent market other than prior to coming from Japan to the Mariners prior to his historic 2001 rookie campaign, there’s little question why The Perfect Storm is as coveted as he is.

Some of the numbers on Crawford are pretty impressive. He’s stolen 409 bases in parts of nine seasons at a clip of just under 82 percent, which is well above the established break-even point of 75 percent. He reeled in his first Gold Glove in 2010, and if it hadn’t been for the Torii Hunter show running later than an afternoon Black Friday shopper, he may have snagged a couple more in the process, even if less than 4 percent of his career innings have been played in center field, a position Gold Glove voters tend to favor. His .279 career TAv is also nothing to scoff at, nor is his 35.5 career WARP.

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In the second part of the interview, the baseball economist discusses managers, free agents, and attendance.

In Part II, baseball economist J.C. Bradbury, the author of Hot Stove Economics: Understanding Baseball’s Second Season, talks about the economic value of managers, the free-agent value of Carl Crawford and Jayson Werth, the Tampa Bay situation, and other topics. You may view Part I of the interview here.

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July 15, 2009 12:28 pm

On the Beat: All-Star Game Recap

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John Perrotto

Defense from a Ray makes a difference for the AL as a whole, continuing the circuit's dominance of the NL.

St. LOUIS-There are many great things about Jonathan Papelbon, first and foremost that he is an outstanding relief pitcher. However, the Red Sox closer is also a lot of fun to watch and listen to. He pitches with emotion and speaks his mind in an era when seemingly every player presented a buttoned-down corporate image and appears to be reading off cue cards.

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October 15, 2008 12:31 pm

On the Beat: Notes on ALCS Game Four

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John Perrotto

Carl Crawford was not to be denied his team's first post-season experience.

BOSTON-Carl Crawford has long been the face of the franchise for the Rays, normally a good thing for a talented young player. That wasn't necessarily such a good thing until very recently, however, since the team had been the laughingstock of baseball since playing their first game as an expansion team in 1998.

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October 30, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, AL East

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Nate Silver

The top and the bottom of the powerhouse division can build from within, leaving the AL East's middle class in an precarious spot.

This is the fifth of six-part preview of the impending off-season. I had been holding off on the two divisions involving World Series combatants until the games had concluded, but with the Series' hasty conclusion on Sunday--and Scott Boras' equally quick declaration that it's A-Rod Huntin' Season--now is the time to cover the AL East, where all five teams will have some very interesting decisions to make.

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Joe drafts with fantasy experts galore at this year's AL Tout Wars.

I suppose it's worth noting now that I was a pretty good checkers player, and I don't know how to play chess. This is how you end up with no closers, a $20 Jason Kubel, just two pitchers in Opening Day rotations and the wrong backup catcher.

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September 28, 2006 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Baseball's Trifecta

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Dan Fox

Where have all the triples gone? Dan investigates.

"Hey, big mouth, how do you spell triple?"
--Shoeless Joe Jackson, to a heckling Cleveland fan who taunted him by asking if he could spell "illiterate." This was his response after hitting a triple.

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