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11-20

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Overthinking It: Baseball's New Kind of Coach
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Ben Lindbergh

11-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 333: How Teams Are Bridging the Gap Between Front Office and Field Staff
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-01

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Manufactured Runs: Moments of Transition, Moments of Revelation
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Colin Wyers

08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 31: Davey Johnson, How Much Managers Matter, and the Ideal GM-Manager Relationship
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-01

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2012 Preseason Preview, Part I
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Stephani Bee and Larry Granillo

02-29

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview
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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

01-31

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Overthinking It: Managing Expectations: Baseball's Next Big Inefficiency
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Ben Lindbergh

11-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Language of the Hot Stove League
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Ted Berg

10-12

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Manufactured Runs: Curse to Curse
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Colin Wyers

09-01

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Divide and Conquer, AL West: The Deals And The Deal-Makers
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Joey Matschulat

03-22

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Prospectus Hit and Run: I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement
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Jay Jaffe

06-28

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Top 10 Week: General Manager Candidates
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Will Carroll

01-25

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Prospectus Roundtable: Analyzing RoboPitcher
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Baseball Prospectus

01-03

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Prospectus Q&A: A.J. Hinch
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David Laurila

12-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Beattie
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David Laurila

06-18

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The Next Ten
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Will Carroll

09-25

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6-4-3: Weighin' in at 19 Stone, Part One of Two
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Gary Huckabay

04-11

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BP Kings Update
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Ben Murphy

05-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Johnson
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Thomas Gorman

02-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Jon Daniels
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Jonah Keri

04-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: The Future
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Derek Zumsteg

04-11

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The Daily Prospectus: The Future
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Derek Zumsteg

03-29

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6-4-3: Road Map
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Gary Huckabay

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November 20, 2013 8:14 am

Overthinking It: Baseball's New Kind of Coach

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Ben Lindbergh

On the rise of the defensive coordinator.

A few months ago, in a guest piece for BP, Gabe Kapler made the case for hiring Matt Martin, a coach whose passion and instructional skills had impressed him in the minors. On Monday, the Detroit Tigers took his advice, adding Martin to new manager Brad Ausmus’ staff.

The 44-year-old’s resume looks like that of many major-league coaches: some experience as a professional player, followed by close to two decades of minor-league coaching experience. His title is a lot less typical: “Defensive Coordinator,” a position familiar to football fans (though the NFL's "Quality Control Coach" is a closer equivalent) but almost unknown in baseball.*

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Ben and Sam discuss the new kind of coach being hired by big-league teams this offseason.

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Colin thanks and bids farewell to the sabermetric community as he joins the Houston Astros.

While working on cleaning out my house recently (more about that later—but long tangents before I get to the point are a tradition around here, and I can’t well abandon that at the end, can I?), I came across a book called Understanding Solid-State Electronics. I don’t think I’ve seen it in years before now. It’s a bit dated. Actually, it was a bit dated even when I was reading it as a kid—its illustration of something that fits the Universal System Organization of sense, decide, and act is a record player.

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Ben and Sam discuss sabermetric managerial favorite Davey Johnson's impact on the Nationals, whether certain managers can make their players play better, and what the ideal relationship between a GM and manager might be.

Ben and Sam discuss sabermetric managerial favorite Davey Johnson's impact on the Nationals, whether certain managers can make their players play better, and what the ideal relationship between a GM and manager might be.

Episode 31: "Davey Johnson, How Much Managers Matter, and the Ideal GM-Manager Relationship"

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The first part of a roundtable discussion about how teams in the NL Central will fare in the 2012 season.

PECOTA Team Projections
​Record: 74-88
Team WARP: 20.2
Team TAv: .253
Runs Scored: 685
Runs Allowed: 756
Team FRAA: 1.1







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February 29, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL West 2012 Preseason Preview

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Jason Parks and Jason Wojciechowski

The two Jasons dissect the pressing questions facing the Rangers, Angels, A's, and Mariners this season.

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 89-73
Team WARP: 45.7
Runs Scored: 719
Runs Allowed: 648​
Team FRAA: 37.6






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Why the next big step for baseball teams might not be learning something new, but making better use of the information they already have.

“The management and analysis of data, whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video, is a critical component of our operation. We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions.”—Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, January 2012

“[Statistical analysis] helps but doesn’t tell the whole story of the game. There is a lot of gut feeling you got to make. If you have a stat and see a flashing number and you see that this guy is doing very good against this other guy, you can use that in a game during a key situation. Yes. But we cannot just depend on stats alone. You got to depend on many other things… I don’t like to become a fantasy manager. The goal for a good manager is to have players who are able to manage themselves on the field.”—Unsuccessful Cubs managerial candidate Sandy Alomar Jr., November 2011

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We familiarize ourselves with the media's offseason thinking thanks to a source with knowledge of the terminology.

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.

Ted Berg is an editor at SNY.tv, where he writes a blog, hosts videos, and co-hosts a podcast. He lives in New York and tweets about Taco Bell at @OGTedBerg.

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October 12, 2011 11:22 am

Manufactured Runs: Curse to Curse

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Colin Wyers

Theo Epstein may be on the move - what does it mean for the Cubs and Red Sox?

With reports out of Boston that Theo Epstein and the Cubs have agreed to a five-year deal, I thought now would be a good moment to consider what Epstein to Chicago would mean. This, of course, is not official until the Cubs and Red Sox work out an agreement to let Epstein leave with a year still remaining on his contract. And as will be pointed out repeatedly, Epstein has his current job because Billy Beane changed his mind after agreeing to be the Red Sox general manager. But it’s far enough along to make it worthwhile, I think, to clear the air on some things.

The easier question to answer is what this means for the Red Sox. Despite some people pining for a repeat of the Beane-to-Boston scenario, Ben Cherington is the guy that’s going to be the GM if Epstein leaves. Cherington is a well-regarded GM candidate throughout the industry who has been a key component of the Red Sox front office during Epstein’s tenure. Cherington will inherit one of the best baseball operations staffs in the game, as well as a roster that, despite a historic collapse, still won 90 games and doesn’t need a big overhaul to make the playoffs next year. His first priority will be getting a new field manager, and that might be fortuitous timing for him, as it may let him very quickly put his stamp on the team.

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September 1, 2011 10:22 am

Divide and Conquer, AL West: The Deals And The Deal-Makers

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Joey Matschulat

A look at the deals and non-deals made by the AL West front offices at the waiver deadline.

You know, for a division race that is supposed to be the most exciting one still going with major post-season implications attached (I don't count that back-and-forth affair between Boston and New York in the AL East, since both clubs are all but assured of playing on into October anyway), I'm not so sure the AL West's two-team battle is really living up to its top billing. The Rangers' division-winning chances have fluctuated within the 80-95 percent range for the better part of two months and still rest within close proximity of the 90 percent mark as of this morning, and Texas has spent 140 days in first place this season compared to just 25 days for Los Angeles. It does still fit within the parameters of what we would define as a legitimate playoff race, and both clubs have done their respective parts to ensure the Angels sticking around, but the "race" is beginning to feel a bit one-sided.

And on Wednesday, the final day where players could be traded and still retain post-season eligibility with their new clubs, the deepest and most talented team in the division continued to pile on the talent while the two cellar-dwellers pulled off a couple of largely inconsequential—but nevertheless interesting—deals, and the second-running Angels did nothing ... again. Running concurrent to those waiver-period trade storylines are a few different chunks of news and speculation relating to the front offices of each AL West club, and so it strikes me that this might be a good opportunity to juxtapose the trade storylines alongside those front-office storylines, and see what comes of the whole process.

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March 22, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: I Don't Wanna Go Down to the Basement

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Jay Jaffe

Contrary to what you might hear from more retrograde members of the baseball establishment, sabermetrics and storytelling don't have to be at odds.

As Opening Day approaches, hope springs eternal all around the majors. Some teams' bids at contention are founded upon the presumed maturation of exciting youngsters. Others rest their hopes on their stars' ability to turn back the clock and play as though their time had never passed. You could be forgiven for thinking that the latter was the strategy of the Anti-Sabermetric Brigade, a constellation of writers who insist upon fighting a war that has been fought and largely settled. Yet, signs of their resurgence keep popping up.

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A look at 10 men who should be considered to run a baseball operations department.

Welcome to Top 10 Week. All week long, various BP authors will be revealing their Top 10s in various categories. Today we start off with Will Carroll ranking the 10 best general manager candidates.

A couple years back, I did a list of the "next GM" crop. It's one of those innocuous exercises that nonetheless tells us a lot about what's going on inside of the front offices. We hear about GMs, about trades, about drafts, but even in Moneyball and earlier in Dollar Sign on the Muscle, we seldom hear about the day-to-day operations carried out by a group of people that is overworked, underpaid, and most importantly, vastly overqualified. This is a group that years ago would be more likely to be putting together a hedge fund, working for the State Department, or something a bit more "important" than the game of baseball. With the money of the modern era, teams got smarter, fast. 

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