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BP Announcements: Baseball Prospectus Day at Nationals Park - July 7, 2013
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Joe Hamrahi

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

07-02

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Bizball: How Much Salary Can You Allocate to One Player and Be Competitive?
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Maury Brown

12-29

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Overthinking It: GMs Say the Darndest Things
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Ben Lindbergh

12-20

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Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans
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Ben Lindbergh

11-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: When Good GMs Go Bad
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Jonah Keri

10-25

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: What are the Padres Getting in Josh Byrnes?
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Geoff Young

09-01

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

07-29

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On the Beat: The Next General Managers
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John Perrotto

07-22

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On the Beat: Calling Cooperstown
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John Perrotto

11-04

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Sandy's The Man
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Jay Jaffe

07-26

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Contractual Matters: The White Rat Reluctant
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Jeff Euston

06-28

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Top 10 Week: General Manager Candidates
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Will Carroll

03-07

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On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

12-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Beattie
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David Laurila

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

03-08

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On the Beat: Settling In
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John Perrotto

02-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Gary Mayse
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David Laurila

12-23

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On the Beat: Lots of Talk, Little Action
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John Perrotto

11-05

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On the Beat: Honeymoons and Divorces
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John Perrotto

10-25

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On the Beat: Old School
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John Perrotto

10-05

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Every Given Sunday: Management Teams in the News
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John Perrotto

10-01

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On the Beat: Let the Games Begin
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John Perrotto

09-21

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Every Given Sunday: Winding Down
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John Perrotto

06-18

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

06-18

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The Next Ten
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Will Carroll

10-14

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Analyze This: Hope, Faith, Change, and Money
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John Perrotto

09-30

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Success, and Its Duplication
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John Perrotto

09-23

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Every Given Sunday: Changing of the Guards
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John Perrotto

09-16

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Every Given Sunday: Brewing up a Stretch Surprise?
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John Perrotto

09-13

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Future Shock: Houston Housecleaning
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Kevin Goldstein

09-09

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Every Given Sunday: The Upcoming Market
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John Perrotto

12-12

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The Week in Quotes: December 5-11
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John Erhardt

11-07

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The Week in Quotes: October 31-November 6
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John Erhardt

04-04

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The Week in Quotes: March 28-April 3
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John Erhardt

12-11

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Live from the (Mock) Winter Meetings
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Rany Jazayerli

10-21

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Prospectus Triple Play: Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres
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Baseball Prospectus

04-25

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Avoiding Dissonance
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Jonah Keri

04-25

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Avoiding Dissonance
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Jonah Keri

12-15

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The Week in Quotes: December 1-14
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Dennis Cleary

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BP invades the nation's capital

Baseball Prospectus and the Washington Nationals invite you to join us for a great day of baseball on Sunday, July 7 at Nationals Park. Thanks to the fine folks in the Nationals front office, we are proud to be able to offer our guests the following:

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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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A look at how teams structure their payroll and the merits of the different strategies.

The general manager and owner’s dilemma been around since Ban Johnson decided that it was better to pay players rather than having them play as amateurs, the dilemma of trying to balance a budget with creating the most competitive team possible. We armchair GMs like to talk about whether this deal or that deal is good or bad, often within the framework of how much a player is being paid and whether they are “worth it.” Indeed, Baseball Prospectus strives daily to provide data that works to define that conversation.

The general manager’s dilemma, however, is tougher than, say, the budget that you or I set for our household. With some exceptions, most of us have a general sense of what our income and expenses will be. We may get a modest raise and the cost of living may increase at a rate that we can see coming, so for the most part, our monthly budgets can be set and we can adjust accordingly.

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Before you believe everything your team's general manager says, remember these great moments in GM-speak, featuring half-truths, misdirections, and statements that turned out to be false.

Baseball fans will believe almost anything if they’re starved enough for news. No source is too far removed from the situation, no rumor too far-fetched to attract attention as long as it arrives on a slow news day and can be expressed in 140 characters. Ruben Amaro thinks Vernon Wells could be the Phillies’ answer in left field and wants to offer him an extension? You don't say. Brian Sabean is considering signing a hitter? Now you’re pushing it, but sure, it could happen. A team is talking about trading Zack Greinke for Jeff Francoeur? Okay, so no one would actually say that. (Wait—someone did.)

When a piece of information is couched in conditionals and comes to us through multiple intermediaries—a writer plus someone he knows who knows someone else—we don’t expect perfect accuracy. Anonymously sourced tidbits are generally something to discuss and dream about, not something you can count on. But surely we can trust the men whose job it is to put their clubs together. After all, who would know better what’s in a team’s plans than the man in charge of making them? Can’t we take what a GM says as gospel?

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If EVERYONE has a brilliant GM, does ANYONE have a brilliant GM? Or are standout GMs going the way of .400 hitters?

There is an industrywide understanding now—a lot of teams spend a lot of time on this. There is a constant understanding that you need to find the next area of opportunity.—Mark Shapiro

The ideas that at one time were innovative are now mainstream.—Sandy Alderson

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

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 audience, send us your suggestion.

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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With word that Jed Hoyer will be joining Theo Epstein in Chicago, the Padres have a familiar face sliding into the GM chair.

With Padres GM Jed Hoyer headed to the Cubs in the same capacity under former boss Theo Epstein, another Epstein protégé, Josh Byrnes, takes over in San Diego. Although Hoyer's tenure didn't last as long as anyone expected, he made a few key moves that will help shape the course of the franchise.

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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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John runs down the top candidates for the next GM vacancy.

General managers are never more in the spotlight than they are this week in the days leading up to Sunday's deadline to makes trades without securing waivers on players. How well some of the GMs navigate these next three days could determine their future. Make the right move and get your team to the postseason, and it could result in a contract extension. Fail to improve your club and finish out of the money, and you could be out of a job.

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July 22, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Calling Cooperstown

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John Perrotto

Recapping the career of legendary GM Pat Gillick, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

There are few jobs inside or outside baseball more demanding, challenging, and rewarding than being a general manager.

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New general manager Sandy Alderson is the right person to fix the dysfunctional Mets.

Last week, the Mets took a bold step away from four years of ever-increasing disappointment and organizational chaos by hiring Sandy Alderson to succeed Omar Minaya as their general manager. The soon-to-be-63-year-old Alderson, who spent 15 years as the GM of the Oakland Athletics, was by far the most experienced candidate in a field which also included former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, former Royals GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, and Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown. Perhaps just as importantly, Alderson is the first Mets GM to ascend to the post from outside the organization since Frank Cashen in 1980. He is a fresh start for an organization in desperate need of one.

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July 26, 2010 8:00 am

Contractual Matters: The White Rat Reluctant

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Jeff Euston

The newest Hall of Fame manager also found success in the front office.

In his 44-year career in professional baseball, Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog held a wide variety of job titles: player, scout, coach, director of player development, manager and general manager. He earned his place in Cooperstown for his 18 years as a manager, which included 1,281 victories, three pennants, and a World Series title. But Herzog also boasts an impressive resume as a general manager, though the job was one he never particularly wanted or enjoyed.

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