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09-04

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Hot Prospect Video
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Jason Cole

08-13

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The Week in Quotes: August 6-12
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

07-20

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Inside The Park: Ozzie Guillen and His Big Mouth
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Bradford Doolittle

07-16

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The Week in Quotes: July 9-July 15
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

07-09

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The Week in Quotes: July 2-July 8
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Hudson Belinsky, Jonah Birenbaum, Andrew Koo and Matthew Rocco

02-01

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The Platoon Advantage: The Spy at the A's Fanfest
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Jason Wojciechowski

12-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

01-14

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On the Beat: Reflecting on Trevor Hoffman
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John Perrotto

12-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Best of Q&A 2010
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David Laurila

12-16

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You Can Blog It Up: Goodbye, Rapid Robert
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Steven Goldman

12-08

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Inside The Park: Cardinals' Special Era Reaches a Crossroads
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Bradford Doolittle

10-15

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On the Beat: Still a Rays of Hope
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John Perrotto

10-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Lynn Novick
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David Laurila

06-28

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Top 10 Week: General Manager Candidates
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Will Carroll

05-13

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Shapiro
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David Laurila

02-12

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Living The Dream
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David Laurila

10-21

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On the Beat: A Showdown Lowdown
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John Perrotto

10-11

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On the Beat: Post-season Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

07-05

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Prospectus Idol: Round Seven - Media Week
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Dave Pease

01-25

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Prospectus Q&A: John Walsh
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David Laurila

11-16

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Every Given Sunday: Seabiscuit, Salomon, and Skippers
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John Perrotto

01-16

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Stupid Lawyer Tricks
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Derek Jacques

06-21

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Future Shock: Midwest League All-Stars
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Kevin Goldstein

06-20

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Prospectus Today: Getting the Manager Right
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Joe Sheehan

02-03

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Caribbean World Series
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Derek Jacques

07-12

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We Are All Made of All-Stars
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Will Carroll

01-20

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Breaking Balls: There Is No Divide
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Derek Zumsteg

06-09

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Prospectus Q&A: B.J. Upton
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Ben Murphy

05-25

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Breaking Balls: The Program Challenge
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Derek Zumsteg

05-12

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Prospectus Triple Play: Florida Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates
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Baseball Prospectus

07-30

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Van Horne, Part II
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Jonah Keri

07-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Dickson
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Peter Schilling Jr.

03-04

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Under The Knife: A Day in the Life
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Will Carroll

07-15

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The Daily Prospectus: Being There
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Derek Zumsteg

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October 5, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Lynn Novick

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David Laurila

The co-producer of PBS' "Tenth Inning" discusses the film and some of the criticism it has received.

Lynn Novick is the co-producer, with Ken Burns, of “The Tenth Inning,” which aired last week on PBS and is available on DVD. An Emmy Award winner who has collaborated with Burns since 1989, Novick talked about the making of the film and some of the criticism it has received.

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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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May 13, 2010 8:33 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mark Shapiro

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David Laurila

The Indians executive vice president and general manager explains the rationale behind hiring manager Manny Acta.

When Mark Shapiro hired Manny Acta to be the manager of the Cleveland Indians last winter, he brought on board someone who speaks the same language. Shapiro sees many attributes in the Dominican-born skipper, and an important one is their shared understanding, and appreciation, for the objective side of the game. Shapiro, the club’s executive vice president and general manager, looked back at Acta’s hiring prior to a recent game at Progressive Field.


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February 12, 2010 11:45 am

Living The Dream

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David Laurila

A native Michigander gets transported back to his childhood while watching Tigers' fans become major-leaguers for a week.

For a few minutes, I felt like I was 12 years old again. Not in a "you better do your chores" way, but a "hey Dad, thanks for the game of catch" way. It happened in Lakeland, Florida, where I was observing the Detroit Tigers' Fantasy Camp. All I had to do was look around, because there they were: players who wore the Olde English D when I was growing up in Michigan, throwing a ball against the side of the barn and listening to Ernie Harwell on an AM radio.

Yes, I write about baseball for a living. That means I spend a lot of time in clubhouses, and for that reason there is nothing special about talking to a Justin Verlander or a Brandon Inge. I admire their skills, but they're just people who happen to play baseball for a living. But Willie Horton and Mickey Lolich? They're different. When I was 12 years old, Horton and Lolich weren't people who happened to play baseball; they were MAJOR-LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYERS. They were photos on baseball cards. They weren't people you actually talked to.

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October 21, 2009 11:59 am

On the Beat: A Showdown Lowdown

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John Perrotto

The Dodgers' hopes rest on Vicente Padilla, A-Rod exorcises a reputation, firing up free agency, and skipper searches.

The Dodgers are down to their last potential gasp of 2009, and while waiting to exhale, they will send Vicente Padilla to the mound tonight in the hope he can salvage their season. Such a scenario would have been unthinkable just two months ago; the Rangers designated the right-hander for assignment on August 7 despite being only one game behind the Red Sox in the wild-card standings, and 3˝ games behind the Angels in the AL West.

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October 11, 2009 12:23 pm

On the Beat: Post-season Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

Today's Three 'Rs' are Replay, Rangers, and Rocktober, plus skipper shuffling and rumors from around the game.

Phil Cuzzi barely had enough time to mistakenly signal a foul ball when advocates of expanded instant replay started howling for change. Major League Baseball begrudgingly became the last major North American professional sports league to implement the use of television replays to help aid in umpiring calls in August, 2008. Replay reviews are used on boundary calls concerning home runs, and Commissioner Bud Selig had to have his arm twisted almost off to agree to that.

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This time around, the remaining quartet gives voice to their observations and analysis.

Happy Sunday, and if you're reading this from the USA, we hope you had a wonderful Fourth of July. Actually, no matter where you're reading from, we hope you had a great Fourth! This is Prospectus Idol, I'm Dave Pease, and I hope you saw all the fireworks you wanted to yesterday.

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January 25, 2009 11:50 am

Prospectus Q&A: John Walsh

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David Laurila

The ESPN executive discusses the changing media landscape, the MLB Network, and a contrarian sense of creation.

ESPN is the epicenter of sports media in the United States, and at the forefront of their award-winning coverage is John Walsh. The media giant's Executive Vice President and Executive Editor, Walsh helps to oversee an ever-expanding array of content, from on-air programming to the journalistic efforts of ESPN.com. A native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Walsh earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, and held editorial positions at Newsday, Rolling Stone, the Washington Post, US News and World Report, and Inside Sports before joining ESPN in 1988.

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November 16, 2008 1:34 pm

Every Given Sunday: Seabiscuit, Salomon, and Skippers

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John Perrotto

The story of the little hurler who could getting his due, a notable re-retirement, plus moves and news from around the major leagues.

Tim Lincecum's aunt came up with the perfect nickname for her nephew a few years ago when she began calling him Seabiscuit. The Giants right-hander certainly has a few things in common with the legendary racehorse: they're both undersized, and they're both winners. Lincecum, listed at 5'11" and 170 pounds (though he seems an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter), struck a blow this past Tuesday for all those who've been told that they aren't big enough when he won the National League Cy Young Award. He's four inches shorter and 61 pounds lighter than the average height and weight of the five other pitchers receiving votes: the D'backs' Brandon Webb, the Mets' Johan Santana, the Phillies' Brad Lidge, the Brewers' CC Sabathia, and the Cubs' Ryan Dempster. "This has to give Tim a lot of satisfaction, because there's little doubt people have been telling him he's too small his entire life," Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said.

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January 16, 2008 12:00 am

Stupid Lawyer Tricks

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Derek Jacques

Yesterday's mayhem on Capitol Hill had one exciting development, but a lot of empty posturing and unasked questions.

There's nothing to feed human cynicism quite like watching Congress at work. So please pardon me if I get some of it out of my system at the outset: the big lesson that comes from yesterday's spectacle is that, if Congress is upset with you, they'll be much, much, calmer and conciliatory if the next time you come to them, you show up with a former member of congress on your side, after having reportedly backed up a truckload of money to his law firm. That seems to be the difference between congresspersons scolding you well into the evening hours on the one hand, and them hailing you as an outstanding American who gets to go home in time for an early supper on the other.

Forget the 20 months spent investigating and creating the 400-page Mitchell Report; yesterday's hearing was where George Mitchell really earned his fees. Unlike most everyone else involved in the hearing-Bud Selig, Don Fehr, even the members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform-Mitchell was absolutely smooth in his presentation and his responses to questions. He conducted himself with the confidence of a political alpha dog, the kind of guy who can make legislative in-jokes ("Amnesty is a loaded word in politics…") when he's not busy reminiscing about the Irish peace process.

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June 21, 2007 12:00 am

Future Shock: Midwest League All-Stars

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Kevin Goldstein

Kevin took in the Midwest League All-Star Game, and offers some news and notes on some of the game's top prospects.

The Midwest League All-Star Game took place on Tuesday night in Geneva, Illinois, home of the Kane County Cougars. In addition to talking to a number of players before the game, I was able to watch the game from some of the best seats in the house, surrounded by team officials and the guys with the radar guns. Here's a not-so-quick review of the game, complete with a few thoughts on a number of prospects. These are just notes that were taken in chronological order.

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June 20, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Getting the Manager Right

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Joe Sheehan

Joe advocates waiting for the offseason to make a managerial change.

The Orioles shuffled a deck chair or two Monday, firing manager Sam Perlozzo and replacing him with bench coach Dave Tremblay. The move will have no impact at all on the Orioles' 2007 season, which is now all about positioning for the 2008 draft. Perlozzo didn't bring a whole lot to the table, and his mismanagement of a rebuilt bullpen certainly contributed to the Orioles' 6-15 record in one-run games this year.

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