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Alex Rodriguez was set up to fail... But by who?

In his second postseason as a starter, the 1952 World Series, Brooklyn first baseman Gil Hodges had a miserable time. In seven games he went 0-for-21 with five walks and one RBI. The Dodgers lost to the Yankees in seven games, and Hodges was the official goat. Hodges played in another four World Series and he never had another bad one, hitting .337 with four home runs in 26 games, yet he never did stop hearing about what happened in ’52, and that terrible series may have helped keep him out of the Hall of Fame.

There have been other goats, like Fred Snodgrass in 1912, Hack Wilson in 1929, Ernie Lombardi—very unfairly—in 1939 (ever since it has been argued whether Charlie Keller kicked him in the head or in the groin, as if one or the other was somehow preferable), Mickey Owen in 1941, Dave Winfield in 1981, Bill Buckner in 1986—and perhaps Alex Rodriguez in the 2011 American League Divisional Series between the Yankees and the Tigers.

I think about the “Snodgrass Muff” a lot because, like “Merkle’s Boner,” it’s a good example of how unfair life can be. “Snow” supposedly cost the Giants the 1912 World Series against the Red Sox—the last World Series the Sox ever won, you’d think, from the way folks are carrying on this year—but he was only a contributor. The two teams were playing the eighth game of a seven-game series, a previous game having ended in a tie, at Fenway Park. It was the bottom of the 10th inning. The Giants had just gone up 2-1 in the top of the frame by scoring an impossible run against Smoky Joe Wood, on in relief. Christy Mathewson was still in for the Giants.

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A look at some potential prospects for the 2010 and 2011 drafts from Edison and JSerra high schools.

The Key Players

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April 16, 2009 12:00 pm

Transaction Analysis: NL Roster Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

An all-around catching up that covers all the in-season action.

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August 7, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: Minor League Leadoff Hitters, Ranked

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Bryan Smith

Which low-level table-setters have the requisite statistical profiles to be projected as successful major league leadoff men?

Every June, the minor leagues are flooded with a new group of small, fast, up-the-middle players. Scouting directors take flyers on leadoff types in droves annually, and all the players have one thing in common: speed. However, the success rate of these players is especially poor, so over two previous articles, I have explored the traits beyond speed that good leadoff hitters have shown most often in the minor leagues. The quick five:

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June 12, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: National League Moves

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Christina Kahrl

John Milton meets Eric Milton, plus a bevy of call-ups to tantalize the big clubs. It's all the news you need on your favorite senior circuit team.

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March 28, 2006 12:00 am

Future Shock: Spring Prospect Report, American League

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin takes a look at some AL players who have seen their stock rise or fall this spring.

With spring training close to wrapping up, and most prospects without big league jobs already reassigned to minor league camp, it's not too early to take a look at the spring statistics to see which players' stocks are rising and falling. Spring stats should always be taken with a grain of salt, so here's some additional background of some of the American League's best and worst performances by prospects. Statistics are through games of March 26.

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March 27, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 17-26

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Christina Kahrl

Less than a week to go, and Christina's got a rundown of all the latest roster action.

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Was Jody Gerut really that much better than Hideki Matsui? The Dodgers are inviting a number of fresh faces to training camp in '04. And the Mariners don't have many options off the bench...to say the least. All this and much more news from Cleveland, Los Angeles, and Seattle in your Friday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Few people noticed when it came time to vote last fall, but Indians left fielder Jody Gerut was among the most productive rookies in the American League in 2003. In fact, according to a recent article by David Lipman on ESPN.com:
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    July 2, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: June 26-30, 2003

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    Christina Kahrl

    Brad Fullmer's down in Anaheim, setting back the defending champs just that much more; the Indians are beginning their youth-movement; Mike Sweeney is taking some time off in Kansas City just when the Royals need him most; Brandon Claussen finally makes it back after the long road through surgery; and BP favorite Kevin Young gets shown the door in Pittsburgh. All this and much more news from around the league in your Wednesday edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    June 13, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: June 6-9

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    Christina Kahrl

    Darin Erstad returns to Anaheim just as Jeff DaVanon's terrorizing the league. David Dellucci hits the DL just as he'd started to find a groove. Hee Seop Choi's should be back healthy and playing after a scary moment at Wrigley. Vlad Guerrero's DL stint has Expos fans clamoring for Terrmel "the Hammer" Sledge. News, notes, and Kahrlisms from 17 major league teams in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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    April 9, 2003 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003

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    Christina Kahrl

    The Snakes bury John Patterson, the Red Sox sort through a batch of soft tossers, the Marlins vie for a 25-catcher roster, and the Devil Rays solve all their problems by grabbing Al Martin and Damion Easley.

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    March 21, 2003 12:00 am

    PECOTA Does Fantasy

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    Nate Silver

    After using PECOTA-generated roto values at the recent Tout Wars National League draft, Nate Silver runs the numbers to produce values for the AL. Hint: as in the NL, pay the premium for studs. And do everything you can to get Pedro.

    You can import these values into a spreadsheet by selecting them in your browser and copying them, pasting them into a text file (i.e. Notepad), and opening the new text file with your spreadsheet (i.e. Excel).

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