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September 3, 2010 11:15 am

Checking the Numbers: Who is the Best Switch-Hitter?

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Eric Seidman

Players who shine from both sides of the plate are becoming rarer.

When Chipper Jones hit the disabled list following a spectacular play in the field, the biggest question was not when he would return, but if he would continue his career. If he decides to hang up his cleats when the Braves' season comes to a close, baseball would bid adieu to one of the best switch-hitters of all time.

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May 10, 2010 4:23 pm

Transaction Action: Senior Shuffling

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Christina Kahrl

Several cases of reasserted roster homeostasis, but a few less-happy static situations.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Activated LF-R Conor Jackson from the 15-day DL; optioned OF-L Gerardo Parra to Reno (Triple-A). [5/8]

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August 23, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Rookies and Cycles

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Nate Silver

Do teams that went without rookies for extended periods of time have something to tell about organizational behavior?

I attend perhaps two baseball games a month during the regular season. I really ought to go to more, because a lot of my column topics come when I'm sharing a couple of beers with a friend and exchanging ideas, enjoying the leisurely pace of live baseball without the distractions of TV or the net. On Tuesday night, I took in the Sox-Royals game with Josh Orenstein of the MLBPA, and one of the subjects that came up was how long a team can conceivably go without developing a rookie.

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December 13, 2006 12:00 am

The Class of 2007

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Jay Jaffe

One candidate is different from every other candidate, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the infielders on the ballot have no hope of induction. Jay uses his signature JAWS system to investigate who's worthy of Cooperstown.

This is the fourth year I've used the very self-consciously named Jaffe WARP Score system (JAWS) to examine the Hall of Fame ballot. The goal of JAWS is to identify candidates on the Hall ballot who are as good or better than the average Hall of Famer at their position, a bar set so as to avoid further diluting the quality of the institution's membership. Clay Davenport's Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) totals are the coin of the realm for this endeavor because they normalize all performance records in major-league history to the same scoring environment, adjusting for park effects, quality of competition and length of schedule. Pitchers, hitters and fielders are thus rated above or below one consistent replacement level, making cross-era comparisons a breeze.

JAWS does not include non-statistical considerations--awards, championships, postseason performance, rap sheet, urine test results--but that's not to say they should be left by the wayside. They're just not the focus here. While I'll discuss the 800-pound elephant in the room in the context of various candidacies, I don't claim to have a solution as to how voters or fans should handle the dawn of this new era. That's an emotional issue, and JAWS isn't designed to handle emotions.

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September 11, 2004 12:00 am

Rational Exuberance: The Over-30 Crowd

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Jonah Keri

Two over-30 relative unknowns are putting up huge seasons, seemingly out of the blue. How'd they get here and what can other over-30 breakouts teach us? Jonah Keri takes a look.

Question 1: This player scores a higher VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) than Ichiro Suzuki, Scott Rolen, Vladimir Guerrero, Gary Sheffield or Manny Ramirez, but topped 500 at-bats in a season just once before age 30.

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April 9, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003

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Christina Kahrl

The Snakes bury John Patterson, the Red Sox sort through a batch of soft tossers, the Marlins vie for a 25-catcher roster, and the Devil Rays solve all their problems by grabbing Al Martin and Damion Easley.

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Two weeks ago, newly-retired Jose Canseco claimed that 85% of major-league baseball players were steroid users.

Let the piling on begin.

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January 3, 2002 12:00 am

The MVP Prediction System

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Chaim Bloom

From 1946 though 1993, National League Most Valuable Player awards could be safely predicted, with only a handful of exceptions, using just a few indicators. Since that time, however, the system has already made three major mistakes (the MVP was not selected as a candidate by the system) and one minor mistake (the tie-breaker selected the wrong candidate). That's four out of eight correct calls, a rate that on the face of it suggests that the system may no longer work.

In this conclusion to the series, I'll look at reasons why National League MVP voters may be changing how they go about their business, examine the wrong predictions since 1994, and speculate about the future usefulness of the MVP predictor.

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October 16, 2001 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus

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Christina Kahrl

That kvetching aside, the NLCS should be a great matchup. Not surprisingly for one of the nation's grayest of retiree nirvanas, the Arizona Diamondbacks feature all sorts of people with past histories, and among this group, that involves plenty of postseason fun. Luis Gonzalez, Jay Bell, Mark Grace, and Matt Williams have all enjoyed the privilege of losing to the Braves in a postseason series, while Curt Schilling and Steve Finley are among the happy non-Yankee few who can remember beating them. When you assemble a team out of the famous and the ex-famous, those kinds of campfire stories are a fringe benefit.

However, the Snakes come in after a full-length series against the Cardinals with only a day's rest, which means that the Braves will have the strategic advantage of opening the series with their rotation and bullpen fully set up and rested.

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October 9, 2001 12:00 am

Playoff Prospectus

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Christina Kahrl

So who's the underdog? With the Astros' pitching staff in tatters and the Braves' lineup deeply sunk in senescence, does the label even matter? Both teams have fought doggedly to get here, and the backstory of each is compelling in its own way. Limping down the stretch, the Astros fended off a desperate challenge from the Cardinals, while the Braves came from behind to overtake the Phillies' and their big early-season lead. Sadly, somebody's going to have to lose this series, which means that either the Braves or the Astros will continue to be labeled postseason losers despite the accomplishment of getting there.

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While Chris Kahrl pecks away at his latest Transaction Analysis (look for it this weekend), here's a look at how the Baseball Prospectus staff broke down last week's gathering in Dallas.

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