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September 5, 2012 5:00 am

Sobsequy: The Postmodern Orioles

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Adam Sobsey

How Dan Duquette is offsetting run differential with roster differential.

The Tides have tied the [International League] record for most players used in a season (74) and most starting pitchers used (20).—Norfolk Tides Media Notes, August 24, 2012
 

The above detail caught my eye in the press box before the Tides took on the Durham Bulls a couple of weeks ago. I appreciated the record numbers for their sheer size, but it’s easy, down here in the isolation of the minor leagues, to lose sight of what they really mean in the only context that counts.


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January 18, 2012 3:00 am

Heartburn Hardball: The Hawk and the Dragon

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Jonathan Bernhardt

After starring for opposing teams in the Japan Series, Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada will try to adjust to life in Baltimore and last place, as the Orioles react to the new CBA by plugging their pitching holes with Asian imports.

On November 12th, 2011, as Major League Baseball recovers from one of the most exciting World Series in recent memory, Nippon Professional Baseball begins its own best-of-seven championship: the Japan Series.

Much like MLB, Japanese professional baseball has two leagues—the Central and the Pacific—and much like MLB, the champions of those respective leagues play each other to determine a final champion for the entire season. As NPB has only 12 teams compared to to MLB's 30, however, the playoffs are structured a bit differently; with only six teams per league, NPB does not bother with divisions or Wild Cards—the best three teams in each league make the playoffs, with the league's top seed getting a first-round bye. The second and third seeds play a best-of-three series, and the winner faces the first seed in a best-of-five “Climax Series” that's roughly analogous to MLB's League Championship Series. The winning club from each league's Climax Series is that league's champion and advances to the best-of-seven Japan Series to determine which is the best club in NPB. The Climax Series format was implemented first by the Pacific League in 2004 and then adopted by the Central League three years later. Previously, there had been no real postseason in NPB: the team with the best season record from the Central would play the team with the best season record from the Pacific in the Japan Series, and that was that.

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December 27, 2011 9:30 am

The BP Broadside: The Rudy Pemberton Project Goes to Baltimore

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Steven Goldman

Dan Duquette is going to be good for the Orioles if he can remember some old bad (but potentially good) habits.

Dan Duquette is going to be good for the Baltimore Orioles. Sure, we all laughed when everyone who has been in baseball this century turned down the opportunity to serve as the most visible private in Peter Angelos’s imbecile army, leaving the owner with no choice but to hire Duquette, a man who had been out of baseball practically since the last century. The former general manager of the Expos and Red Sox had not commanded a front office since ending an eight-year stay in Boston in 2001. His version of the Sox had reached the playoffs three times but had won only one division title and, of course, failed to snap "The Curse". This guy was going to be the innovative, creative executive that would free the Orioles from years of ignominy?

I can’t tell you the answer to that question. What I can tell you is that the qualities that made Duquette a poor fit for Boston will make him helpful to the Orioles.

When we began work on the Boston Red Sox book that eventually became Mind Game, we internally referred to our work as “The Rudy Pemberton Project.” “How is Rudy going?” people would ask me each day. “Rudy Pemberton” was a reference to one of Duquette’s many projects. Perhaps because the Yawkey Trust was a very different kind of boss, with far shallower pockets, than John Henry was for Theo Epstein, or maybe because he just loved bargain-shopping, Duquette was seemingly obsessed with turning over rocks to find secret stars. Rather than compete with the Yankees for the big names, he’d try to fill out his roster by attempting Hail Mary passes on players like Pemberton, Morgan Burkhart, Izzy Alcantara, Tuffy Rhodes, Dwayne Hosey, Calvin Pickering, and, on the pitching side, Robinson Checo.

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Did new Orioles general manager Dan Duquette leave a mess behind him in his last GM job?

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As Dan Duquette prepares to take on a clean-up operation in Baltimore, revisit Jonah's take on his job performance in his previous stints as a GM, which originally ran on April 25, 2002.
 


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November 7, 2011 9:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Dan Duquette Lands in Baltimore

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R.J. Anderson

The Orioles finally find someone to fill their GM vacancy, but a winning team might still be a ways away.

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January 15, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jim Duquette, Orioles VP of Baseball Operations

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Maury Brown

Maury Brown chats with Baltimore executive Jim Duquette about the inflated off-season market, how the Orioles have addressed their problems in the bullpen and left field, and a good deal more.

There are signs that the Orioles may be on track to improving the team. The question is, will that improvement be enough when compared with the moves that the rest of the AL East has made? While the Orioles were in the mix for a number of key free agents this off-season, they abandoned their approach of going hard after those free agents when the market set higher than in the recent past. When the off-season started, Duquette said the Orioles "went down two different, but parallel paths" in which they planned on trying to acquire key free agents, but had a backup plan in case the market saw elevated free spending. At that point, addressing the bullpen became a key focus, along with acquiring a solid middle-of-the-lineup bat.

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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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April 25, 2002 12:00 am

Avoiding Dissonance

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Jonah Keri

Oh, it's not that bad, is it? Does your team really need a 22-year-old masher with power, patience and a good glove? Shouldn't you be focusing on that last spot in the team's eight-man bullpen instead?

If this horror show sounds familiar, take heart: you're not alone. GMs give away the farm all the time. It's the reason for their behavior that might scare you:

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For now, this is a conversation that took place on Thursday, September 6 between Gary Huckabay and two long suffering citizens of Red Sox Nation. The three of us watched the 1978 one-game playoff together at Ralston Intermediate School in Belmont, California, after the two moved to the Bay Area from Massachusetts. BC & GH both attended college at UC Davis, before BC returned to Framingham.

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