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Which players currently toiling in independent and foreign leagues would the BP staff like to see return to the bigs?

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Despite being terrible at baseball, these players are (or were) enjoyable to watch

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February 22, 2011 8:50 am

Transaction Analysis: Branyan, Weeks, and Detritus

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Christina Kahrl

Rounding up the action buzzing across the transaction wires.

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February 2, 2011 10:29 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: I Saw 'em When

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Jay Jaffe

Fond memories of baseball in Utah? Dial up the wayback machine and remember when...

The dead of winter and a particularly rough week as far as the trials and tribulations of adulthood go have me wishing for a warmer, simpler time in a long-lost place. As I've written before, I grew up attending ballgames in the late '70s and '80s in Salt Lake City, Utah, a spot far from a major-league stadium, but a city with a rich history as a minor-league outpost dating back to the old Pacific Coast League and its 200-game seasons. During my childhood and adolescence, Salt Lake City played host to the Triple-A affiliates for the Angels and Mariners in the modern-day PCL, both known as the Gulls. Additionally, every summer I would visit my paternal grandparents in in Walla Walla, Washington, the site of the Padres' Low-A Northwest League affiliate.

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January 20, 2011 12:43 pm

Changing Speeds: The BGMAT

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Ken Funck

Unveiling the new general manager aptitude test. Are you destined for front-office glory, or will you be left on the farm?

Several months ago in this space you may have seen the Baseball Skipper Aptitude Test (BSAT), a semi-tongue-in-cheek battery of questions designed to tease out the thought processes of managerial candidates and identify those who may be a little more forward-thinking. In response to that piece, I received a number of reader requests to develop a similar set of questions for general manager candidates, and the results can be found below for your enjoyment. Coming up with questions for GMs is a lot harder than it is for field managers, since the job of the GM is far more varied, far more important, and in most cases far less visible. Making it even harder is the fact that GMs as a group, at least to my untrained eyes, seem to be making fewer and fewer cringe-inducing decisions than they used to, reducing the number of obvious targets for gentle ribbing in the questions. I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.

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August 2, 2010 3:15 pm

Future Shock: Prospects Who Have Stalled

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Kevin Goldstein

Tim Beckham, Josh Reddick and Chris Withrow are among those who have regressed in 2010.

The minor league regular season has about one month left; as a result, you can't call bad performances "slow starts" anymore. Instead, they're bad seasons. Here are 10 guys who entered the year with high expectations and have seen those expectations plummet.

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October 18, 2009 2:38 am

Winter League Preview

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Carlos J. Lugo

A preview of the Dominican Winter League, taking a look at the teams, stadiums, managers, and players to watch for.

The "National Religion" came back on October 16th, as the Dominican League launched its 56th edition. Reliably praised as having the highest level of talent among the winter leagues, one should expect to watch another mix of highly ranked prospects, mid-level major leaguers, a few recognizable American players, veterans looking for another shot, and some major league stars between now and the end of the Caribbean Series in February. The league format has six teams playing a 50-game regular-season schedule, with the four best records advancing to a long 18-game round-robin playoff, and the two remaining best clubs play a best-of-nine final series to decide the league's champion. Without further ado, here's what this season will bring us:

Tigres del Licey (Licey Tigers)
Home: Santo Domingo
2008-09 record: 26-24, fourth place (tied) regular season; 12-6, first place round-robin; beat the Gigantes in the final series 5-0.
Ballpark: Estadio Quisqueya; strong pitcher's park, with a Park Factor of 92.




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December 2, 2008 1:37 pm

Transaction Analysis: Picking Over the Bones

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Christina Kahrl

The Turkey Day pickings were pretty slim, and the Hot Stove's running pretty cool.

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March 16, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jon Searles

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David Laurila

A conversation with the journeyman about the minors, indie ball, the business of baseball, and more.

Jon Searles is unique. Originally an eighth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 1999, Searles attended Penn while pitching in the Pirates, Expos, and Cubs organizations, earning a finance degree from the Wharton School of Business when he wasn't on the mound. Now, after his fourth consecutive season in Double-A, his career is at a crossroads. David talked to Searles about where his career has been, where he sees it going, and how he views the game on both a personal and a business level.

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November 14, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Tigers Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

The recent Edgar Renteria trade cost the Tigers two highly-ranked upper-minors prospects. How's the system look now?

Five-Star Prospects
1. Cameron Maybin, OF
2. Rick Porcello, RHP
Four-Star Prospects
None
Three-Star Prospects
3. Casey Crosby, LHP
4. Cale Iorg, SS
5. Brandon Hamilton, RHP
Two-Star Prospects
6. Jeff Larish, 1B
7. Eulogio De La Cruz, RHP
8. Scott Sizemore, 2B/SS
9. Michael Hollimon, 2B/SS
10. Yorman Bazardo, RHP
11. Dallas Trahern, RHP
















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March 27, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 19-26, 2007

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Christina Kahrl

A week on the road's generated a big backlog, but Christina hits the high- and lowlights.

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February 6, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: NL Central Catchup

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Christina Kahrl

With the way the offseason has gone in baseball's six-team division, don't be surprised to see the defending champs looking up in the standings come October for the first time in four years.

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