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05-16

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Front Office Expansion
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Lewie Pollis

03-06

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Is the Market for MLB Front Office Employees Rational?
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Lewie Pollis

07-02

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 236: Analysts as General Managers/Hall of Fame Probabilities
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-01

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 74: The Ervin Santana Trade, the Royals' Rotation, and the Pitching Market/Rick Hahn and the Future of Front Offices
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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

09-19

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BP Feature: Reviewing "Behind the Seams: The Stat Story"
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Derek Carty

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

01-17

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Contractual Matters: Playing the Arbitration Spread
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Jeff Euston

06-28

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Top 10 Week: General Manager Candidates
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Will Carroll

06-18

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The Next Ten
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Will Carroll

09-04

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Analyze This: For What You Are About to Receive
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Gary Huckabay

08-02

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Lies, Damned Lies: Baseball's New Underclass
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Nate Silver

02-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Jon Daniels
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Jonah Keri

11-08

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6-4-3: Starvation Through Force Feeding
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Gary Huckabay

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

12-19

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6-4-3: Don Fehr's Adam Smith Nightmare
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Gary Huckabay

11-07

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BP's founder makes his comeback bearing an unsettling message.

Itís been an unfortunate part of writing for BP that Iíve written a number of words about the passing of friends. Today, Iíve got another obituary to write, but this one is not in the least bit painful.

Baseball analysis is dead.

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August 2, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Baseball's New Underclass

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Nate Silver

Nate wonders about the growing gap in the American league, and how that will shape the league five years from now.

In an essay for the forthcoming It Ain't Over--which you should all have in your hands in a week or so--I wrote about the permanent underclass of baseball teams that existed more or less continuously from the end of the deadball era to the start of World War II. These teams--the Phillies, Senators, Browns, A's and Boston Braves--combined between 1919 and 1943 to have just 32 winning seasons and two World Championships in 125 tries. My argument is that this wasn't merely the result of incompetent management (though surely that played a large part in their failures). Rather, the economic incentives of the time, particularly the prevailing practices in the scouting and development of young players, tended to favor the rich over the poor and reinforce any differences in the standings.

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February 23, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jon Daniels

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Jonah Keri

Prospectus Q&A returns, as Jonah Keri talks to Rangers Assistant General Manager Jon Daniels about the new blood in major league front offices, the challenges of playing in a big hitter's park, and more.

After gaining experience working on draft history, park effects and other studies, the Rangers hired him as Assistant Baseball Operations Director in 2002. Promoted to Director of Baseball Operations when Dan O'Brien left the Rangers to take the Reds' General Manager job, Daniels then ascended to the role of Assistant General Manager last summer, solidifying his status as right-hand man to Rangers GM John Hart. Now one of the youngest AGMs in the game, Daniels' duties include contract negotiations and an array of broader strategic decisions. Daniels recently chatted with Baseball Prospectus about the new blood in major league front offices, the challenges of playing in a big hitter's park, and more.

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Despite what you may have heard or read over the past several years, the information age has yet to actually arrive in business. Not a single company in the Wilshire 2000 has done anything near optimize how their organizations acquire, process, generate, and use information. Hundreds of billions of dollars have gone into investments in information technology in enterprises of every shape and size throughout the world, but overall productivity gains have been marginal.

Despite what you may have heard or read over the past several years, the information age has yet to actually arrive in business. Not a single company in the Wilshire 2000 has done anything near optimize how their organizations acquire, process, generate, and use information. Hundreds of billions of dollars have gone into investments in information technology in enterprises of every shape and size throughout the world, but overall productivity gains have been marginal.

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April 11, 2002 3:49 pm

The Daily Prospectus: The Daily Prospectus: The Future

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Derek Zumsteg

There's a new meta-argument I've been seeing a lot in my e-mail lately: if all franchises were run by Billy Beane, or those of his ilk, wouldn't market inequities resurface and make success solely about revenue? The case is made with a resigned air, almost to suggest that maybe it's best if we give up pushing the idea that smart, low-revenue franchises can hold their cards close and still compete with mega-funded teams like the Dodgers. If you look at what the future of enlightened baseball might hold, though, you'll see it's a pretty cool place.

 There's a new meta-argument I've been seeing a lot in my e-mail lately: if all franchises were run by Billy Beane, or those of his ilk, wouldn't market inequities resurface and make success solely about revenue? The case is made with a resigned air, almost to suggest that maybe it's best if we give up pushing the idea that smart, low-revenue franchises can hold their cards close and still compete with mega-funded teams like the Dodgers. If you look at what the future of enlightened baseball might hold, though, you'll see it's a pretty cool place.

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Today, there are organizations that are run incompetently from top to bottom, and others that do okay while openly scoffing at using performance analysis as an evaluation tool. Even if MLB decided tomorrow to clean up its own act--forcing franchise sales, allowing some franchise relocation, helping teams with terrible leases finance or renegotiate, and so on--and we further assume that all teams would be stocked with EnlightenedGM™ clones and front-office staff, it would take five years to turn these organizations into productive, well-oiled machines on the rise. In reality, it's going to take much, much longer, and until those franchises get smarter, they're going to operate at a severe disadvantage in all facets of competition.

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Player representatives and attorneys are nervous about the state of the market for free agents, and well they should be. The market for free agents outside of baseball here in the San Francisco Bay Area has basically cratered. Eighteen months ago, recent college graduates with no experience and very little to offer to the workplace in the short term were bringing in $60,000 a year. Potential employees would be coy in terms of negotiation, getting three, four, or five offer letters in a matter of days, and would dodge phone calls from recruiters looking for a firm and final commitment.

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November 7, 2001 12:00 am

Staff Ballots

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Baseball Prospectus

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