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07-22

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Transaction Analysis: Texas Closes the Deal on Garza
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Jason Parks and Jason Cole

07-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 239: Carlos Gomez and the NL MVP Race/The Cubs and Trading Recently Signed Free Agents
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-03

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Transaction Analysis: Of Baltimore and Bonus Slots
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Sam Miller

05-13

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Transaction Analysis: The Cubs Keep Rizzo
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Ben Lindbergh

04-22

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Manufactured Runs: The King in Cubbie Blue
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Colin Wyers

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Maybe-Next-Years
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Bradford Doolittle and Harry Pavlidis

03-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 151: 2013 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

01-29

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BP Announcements: Chicago Cubs Seek Director of Research & Development
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Joe Hamrahi

12-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 107: Edwin Jackson, the Cubs, and Qualifying Offers
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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Baseball ProGUESTus: How Alfonso Soriano Got His Groove Back
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Sahadev Sharma

11-08

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Prospect Debate: Who is the Cubs' Top Prospect?
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BP Prospect Staff

11-03

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Transaction Analysis: What We Would Have Said About the Dan Haren Deal That Didn't Happen
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Colin Wyers

09-17

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 43: The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-29

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Sobsequy: Compensation: A Dialogue Between Theo Epstein and Ben Cherington
by
Adam Sobsey

08-21

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 25: The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-03

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Is Starlin Castro the Key to the Cubs' Rebuilding?
by
Sahadev Sharma

06-28

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Inside The Park: Why Can't We Just Leave Rizzo Alone?
by
Bradford Doolittle

06-24

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BP Unfiltered: A More Honest Response to Trade Rumors
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Colin Wyers

05-21

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Inside The Park: Farewell to a Phenom
by
Bradford Doolittle

02-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: Neighborly Baseball
by
Nate Silver

11-11

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Analyze This: Testing Delete
by
Rob McQuown

11-04

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25

The BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of Leo
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Steven Goldman

11-02

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Transaction Analysis: Quade-ing Through the Wreckage
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R.J. Anderson

10-27

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Transaction Analysis: One Curse Down, One to Go
by
Ben Lindbergh

10-22

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The BP Wayback Machine: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the Cubs
by
Steven Goldman

10-17

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Future Shock: The Epstein Holdup
by
Kevin Goldstein

10-12

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Manufactured Runs: Curse to Curse
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Colin Wyers

09-12

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs
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Ben Lindbergh, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-19

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Manufactured Runs: Multifold Changes
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Colin Wyers

06-28

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Divide and Conquer, NL Central: Recounting Cubs Contracts
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Larry Granillo

05-18

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Transaction Analysis: Heroes Take a Fall
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Ben Lindbergh

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

03-25

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Are the Cubs a Sleeper Team?
by
Jay Jaffe

02-16

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The BP Broadside: Every Team Has a Special GM, Except the Cubs
by
Steven Goldman

01-13

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Checking the Numbers: The Questionable Pursuit of Garza
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Eric Seidman

01-10

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Prospectus Perspective: An Honest Exchange?
by
Christina Kahrl

10-20

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GM for a Day: Chicago Cubs
by
Ben Lindbergh

09-13

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs
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John Perrotto, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

08-20

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On the Beat: Going Green
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John Perrotto

05-25

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You Can Blog It Up: DPOTD: Stan Hack for the Hall of Fame
by
Steven Goldman

05-11

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Changing Speeds: Retro Game Story: Cardinals at Cubs, 6/23/84
by
Ken Funck

05-05

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
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John Perrotto

01-12

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42

Hot Stove U.: The Cubs' Contractual Cul-de-Sac
by
Kevin Goldstein

01-03

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16

Changing Speeds: Marlon Byrd and the Price of Chemistry
by
Ken Funck

10-01

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You Could Look It Up: Walkless in Wrigleyville
by
Steven Goldman

09-21

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Prospectus Today: Bradleygate?
by
Joe Sheehan

09-15

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Chicago Cubs
by
Baseball Prospectus

09-13

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

08-27

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Prospectus Today: No Joy in Wrigleyville?
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Joe Sheehan

07-21

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Future Shock: Development Disasters
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Kevin Goldstein

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Ben and Sam talk about why they haven't talked about the Reds more often, then discuss whether Anthony Rizzo has proved his critics wrong.

Ben and Sam talk about why they haven't talked about the Reds more often, then discuss whether Anthony Rizzo has proved his critics wrong.

Episode 43: "The Under-the-Radar Reds/Was Anthony Rizzo's Scouting Report Wrong?"

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According to a transcript unearthed by Adam, Theo Epstein almost derailed the Dodgers-Red Sox mega-trade with a call to his old friend Ben.

Days ago, the Red Sox and Dodgers pulled off the most expensive trade in history, but a just-released recording of an August 20 telephone conversation between Boston GM Ben Cherington and his predecessor, Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, reveals that it very nearly never came about.

Cherington: Hello?

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Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Ben and Sam discuss Kenny Williams' contention that the poorly rated White Sox farm system is just misunderstood, then consider whether the Cubs should be concerned about Starlin Castro's makeup.

Effectively Wild Episode 25: "The Secretly Successful White Sox System?/Starlin Castro's Makeup Concerns"

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Anthony Rizzo may be making headlines, but the Cubs' much-maligned shortstop might their best hope for future success.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Sahadev Sharma is a contributor to ESPN Chicago and ChicagoSide, where he regularly covers the Cubs and White Sox. Sahadev spent four years as a radio producer at ESPN 1000 in Chicago and often dabbled in the blogosphere. In the fall of 2010, Sahadev focused his attention on the writing side of the business and quickly realized that was where he belonged. If not spending his free time with his wife, one-year-old son, and two Italian Greyhounds, you’ll likely find Sahadev appreciating Starlin Castro’s ability to hit, defending Adam Dunn, or watching YouTube clips of the Illini’s 2005 NCAA tourney comeback against Arizona. Follow him on Twitter @sahadevsharma.
 


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If Anthony Rizzo fails to fulfill expectations, an excess of media attention will be partly to blame.

As one who ordinarily dislikes slack moments, I tend to plan things down to the second. It's a practice that often leaves little margin for error and sometimes results in small mishaps. Because as much as you try, you can't fully allow for externalities. One of those is the Chicago Transit Authority, not a sturdy peg on which to hang a daily calendar. The online tracker for the trains is very accurate, but you want to leave a buffer, because the CTA has its externalities as well.

The day of Anthony Rizzo's Cubs debut, I did not leave enough of a buffer. I know that it takes me about six minutes at a steady pace to walk to the Argyle Station, and the tracker told me I had eight minutes. Nevertheless, there it was pulling into the station just as I approached the entrance. I sprinted up the stairs only to find the doors sliding shut and an unforgiving train operator at the helm.

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Or, at least, I imagine it is.

Sabermetric analysis of the Cubs at this point of the season seems mostly pointless; there is exactly one formula you need to analyze the 2012 squad:

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From Wrigley Field on Friday, Bradford bids goodbye to the Cubs' fragile former phenom, Kerry Wood.

Orson Welles used to say the key to playing a larger-than-life character was to give him plenty of advance billing before he actually appears on the stage or screen. Harry Lime becomes the most interesting character in The Third Man more than 50 minutes before Welles makes his dramatic entrance in the film. It was a little like that with Kerry Wood, whose ridiculous velocity, strapping build, and Texas background had him pegged as the heir to Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens before we ever saw him in Chicago.

Wood was the fourth pick of the 1995 draft, taken behind Darin Erstad, Ben Davis, and Jose Cruz Jr., and almost immediately there were problems. Less than a week after the Cubs drafted him, Mike McGilvray, his high school coach back in Grand Prairie, Texas, used him in both ends of a doubleheader in the state quarterfinals. Wood threw 145 pitches in the first game and 32 more in the nightcap. Grand Prairie won both games.

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Nate wonders about an overflow effect in two-team markets and finds some surprising results.

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Bradford Doolittle wrote about the divergent directions of the Cubs and White Sox on Thursday, but how might the dire outlook for the White Sox and the hope on the horizon for the Cubs impact attendance in the Second City? See what Nate had to say on the subject in the article reproduced below, which originally ran as a "Lies, Damned Lies" column on April 12, 2006.

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November 11, 2011 9:25 pm

Analyze This: Testing Delete

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Rob McQuown

Testing Delete

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November 4, 2011 8:50 am

The BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of Leo

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Steven Goldman

Theo Epstein can put an end to the Cubs' managerial merry-go-round.

Back in February, I wrote about how the Chicago Cubs had never had an iconic general manager. The dismissal of Mike Quade is an opportunity to ask a similar question of the Cubs. It’s not that they have never had a great manager—Hall of Famer Joe McCarthy got his start in the majors with Chicago, taking the team to the 1929 World Series, in the process becoming the first and last manager to get Hack Wilson focused on baseball, but McCarthy was forced out in a power struggle with Rogers Hornsby 71 years ago. That’s a lot of baseball under the bridge without a skipper putting his mark on the team in some way.

Some might point to another Hall of Fame skipper, Leo Durocher, who coached the team from 1966 to 1972, but despite the Lip’s helping the Cubs go from 50-103 in 1966 to 92-70 in 1969, he never did win anything with the Cubs, clashed with key players such as Ron Santo, and wasn’t exactly focused, wandering off on the team from time to time to deal with personal matters that somehow seemed more important than his job. Durocher is also, correctly, far more identified with the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants than he is with the Cubbies.

Lou Piniella, Dusty Baker, Don Zimmer, Charlie Grimm, and Jim Frey all had their moments, and of course Frank Chance and Gabby Hartnett shone as player-managers, but the Cubs have never had the great skipper that dominates the memory of other clubs. Instead, they’ve had Bob Scheffing, Bob Kennedy, the College of Coaches, Jim Essian, and now—fairly or unfairly—Mike Quade.  

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November 2, 2011 4:50 pm

Transaction Analysis: Quade-ing Through the Wreckage

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R.J. Anderson

The Cubs fire manager Mike Quade as they look toward the future

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Will lightning strike again for Theo Epstein in his new GM job in Chicago?

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