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May 30, 2013 5:00 am

Skewed Left: Bring Back the Hidden Ball Trick


Zachary Levine

A trick play worth trying.

Among the game’s many unquantifiable mysteries—up there with how many extra wins or losses a good or bad manager contributes to a team—is how many wins a season baseball teams pass up because of decorum.

It’s probably a small number. Talent, plus some small deviations for statistical noise and fluctuations in #TWTW, is still what determines the standings. But I would venture to say that it’s a non-zero number. In other words, teams are too nice to each other or have too much respect for the game.

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Do players like A.J. Burnett owe it to their teams to waive their no-trade clauses when a suitable swap presents itself?

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

As the Yankees try to find a taker for disappointing starter A.J. Burnett while persuading him to waive his no-trade clause, revisit Derek's examination of the ethical issues facing a player whose team is trying to trade him, which originally ran as a "Breaking Balls" column on July 8, 2004.

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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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The secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA discusses the organization's purpose, its relationship with MLB, and membership eligibility.

The Baseball Writers Association of America is a big part of the game, and Jack O’Connell is a big part of the BBWAA. The organization’s secretary-treasurer since 1994, O’Connell is not only involved in the decision-making, he also serves as spokesperson and coordinates the annual awards and Hall of Fame balloting. A member of the BBWAA since 1975, he is a former beat writer for both the Mets and Yankees. O’Connell talked about the history and objectives of the BBWAA, along with a variety of the organization’s issues. Among them: their relationship with MLB, membership eligibility—including the inclusion of internet-only reporters—and the Hall of Fame voting process.

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August 24, 2001 12:00 am

6-4-3: Reader Mail


Gary Huckabay

But today, I want to take this opportunity to respond to a few of the e-mails I've received from readers recently. It didn't feel right to just dominate a mailbag column with one person's stuff. Next week, I'm doing a piece called "Heaven on Earth," which could interest upwards of a dozen people.

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