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Ben and Sam discuss whether the Astros' analytical approach has become (or could become) a PR problem.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether contenders use their starters optimally in September, then talk about the Astros' approach to team-building.

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A contemporary look at how John Mozeliak and Jeff Luhnow turned around the Cardinals' system.

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.

The Cardinals weren't always a model organization, but Bryan describes how they began to become one in the piece reprinted below, which was originally published as a "Wait 'Til Next Year" column on December 18, 2007.

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Another piece on the Astros, but a good one, at least.

By now you've read too many articles about Jeff Luhnow and his plans for the Astros to keep track of them all. Even so, Richard Justice's latest at MLB.com brings some new information to the table. Here's a snippet:

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December 14, 2012 5:00 am

Skewed Left: The Company They Tweet

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Zachary Levine

You can learn a lot about a baseballer by the people he follows.

It can be hard to learn a lot from a ballplayer’s tweets, which are mostly 140-character treatises on what you want to hear. Luckily, there is a column right next to his tweets that can reveal a little bit more. People tweet what they’re supposed to tweet, but for the most part, they follow whom they want to follow. Their follows are a window to their interests, their reading lists, their playlists and their senses of humor.

For instance, if you were to look at a certain Baseball Prospectus writer’s list of follows, you’d find that he’s inappropriately attached to two cities where he no longer lives, he’s the only 27-year-old on the planet who gets instantaneous thoroughbred racing news, and the only parody account he finds funny is this one.

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Ben and Sam discuss Jeff Luhnow's plan to interview his players at the end of each season, then talk about why players and front-office executives are backing different candidates for AL MVP.

Ben and Sam discuss Jeff Luhnow's plan to interview his players at the end of each season, then talk about why players and front-office executives are backing different candidates for AL MVP.

Episode 54: "Jeff Luhnow's Season-Ending Interview Idea/Why Players and Executives Disagree About the AL MVP"

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A look at Houston's rebuilding plan following their sale this past winter.

There was a time not too long ago when folks were leveraging themselves to the eye sockets in order to purchase goodies—big, expensive goodies such as homes and cars. In fact, many got in over their head and had these expensive, leveraged purchases repossessed, while others simply are straddled with mountains of debt.

Coming up on the end of the first season of owning the Houston Astros, Jim Crane seems to fit in with the latter group. He hasn’t done anything horribly wrong other than to strip the team down to the axels.

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August 17, 2012 11:05 am

The Process: Resetting the Astros Roster

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Bradley Ankrom

Jeff Luhnow's first task was to clear the mess Ed Wade made, and he's already given the Astros a fresh start.

Since taking over as the general manager in Houston last December, Jeff Luhnow has turned over a good chunk of the 40-man roster he inherited, a collection of players who contributed to the Astros’ first 100-loss (106-loss, to be precise) season in franchise history in 2011.

Lame-duck GM Ed Wade was able to unload the Astros’ top marketable assets—Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn—last summer, but the task of moving the team’s more onerous veteran contracts was left to Luhnow. That process picked up in earnest this summer when Houston shuttled veterans J.A. Happ, Chris Johnson, Carlos Lee, Brandon Lyon, Brett Myers, and Wandy Rodriguez off to contenders in exchange for more than a dozen minor-league prospects from five organizations.

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June 7, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Astros Find New Orbit

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John Perrotto

The Astros have performed above expectations so far and are not concerned about moving to the AL West in 2013, and a conversation with Gio Gonzalez.

So much about the Astros is new. In their case, new is good.

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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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January 26, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: A New Process in Houston

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John Perrotto

Jeff Luhnow's ability to think creatively will be essential to the Astros as they try to extricate themselves from an unenviable situation.

The Astros raided our roster of writers here at Baseball Prospectus this week and took Mike Fast, author of the column “Spinning Yarn.”

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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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