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02-18

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Overthinking It: Quantifying Cano's Lack of Hustle
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Ben Lindbergh

04-18

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Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive
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Ben Lindbergh

01-16

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Sobsequy: How to Hit, According to Kevin Long
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Adam Sobsey

09-06

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 36: How Not to Solve the Yankees' Problems/Bobby Valentine Says Some More Strange Things
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Ben Lindbergh and Jason Wojciechowski

04-01

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Off to the Races
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Jay Jaffe

04-04

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Transaction Action: Turn of the Screw, NL
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Christina Kahrl

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED NL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

04-01

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BP Unfiltered: UPDATED AL Projected Opening Day Rosters
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John Perrotto

06-01

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Every Given Sunday: Maple Mayhem
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John Perrotto

10-31

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Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL West
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Nate Silver

08-23

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Lies, Damned Lies: Rookies and Cycles
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Nate Silver

08-08

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Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Easts
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Reviews of the Wests
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Christina Kahrl

02-01

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Lies, Damned Lies: PECOTA Takes on Prospects, Introduction
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Nate Silver

08-15

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Transaction Analysis: August 10-14
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Christina Kahrl

08-04

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Transaction Analysis: July 31-August 3
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Christina Kahrl

07-06

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Transaction Analysis: July 3-5
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Christina Kahrl

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: June 1-5
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Christina Kahrl

05-22

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Transaction Analysis: May 19-21
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Christina Kahrl

05-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-14
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Christina Kahrl

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: American League, March 30-April 4
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

02-14

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Transaction Analysis: American League, December 15, 2005-February 13, 2006
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: July 20-25
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Christina Kahrl

07-21

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Transaction Analysis: July 14-19, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

06-24

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Transaction Analysis: June 14-22
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

09-17

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Transaction Analysis: August 30-September 15
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Christina Kahrl

07-27

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Transaction Analysis: July 19-25
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Christina Kahrl

07-14

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Mid-Season Baseball Awards
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Ryan Wilkins

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: June 17-20
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Christina Kahrl

06-20

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Transaction Analysis: June 14-16
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: June 8-13, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

05-04

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Transaction Analysis: April 29-May 3, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-27

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Transaction Analysis: April 19-25, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-20

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Transaction Analysis: April 13-18, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-12

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

02-26

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Prospectus Triple Play: Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies
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Baseball Prospectus

01-16

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Transaction Analysis: The Wests
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Baseball Prospectus

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

08-13

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Transaction Analysis: August 8-11
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Christina Kahrl

08-01

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Transaction Analysis: July 30-31
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

06-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 10-15
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Christina Kahrl

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

05-21

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Transaction Analysis: May 15-18, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

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February 18, 2014 11:47 am

Overthinking It: Quantifying Cano's Lack of Hustle

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Ben Lindbergh

What did Robinson Cano's reluctance to run hard cost the Yankees? And did his strategy make sense?

You’d think that Yankees fans, who are used to seeing their team sign other cities’ superstars, would be upset about losing a homegrown second baseman who’s coming off four straight five-win seasons. But based on a winter’s worth of conversation—and as a New Yorker who writes about baseball, I’ve had a lot of conversations about Cano—most of them don't sound too broken up about it. Partly that’s because spending hundreds of millions on other free agents eases the sting. Partly it’s because the Mariners gave Cano so many years and so much money. But another part of the reason—and I really believe this—is that Cano was known for not really running to first. If Cano couldn’t be bothered to bleed for every base hit while he was here, Yankees fans seem to say, then why would we miss him?

That familiar refrain resurfaced on Monday, when the Daily News’ John Harper published a piece on Cano with some critical quotes from Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long. To be fair, Long’s comments were partially based on being mindful of public perception—since Cano’s reluctance to run harder bothered the fans, Long suggests, he would’ve been wise to appease them. But Long also makes clear that he couldn’t condone Cano’s lollygagging or swallow his explanations of why he wanted to run at less than maximum speed:

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April 18, 2013 9:24 am

Overthinking It: Brett Gardner Gets Aggressive

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Ben Lindbergh

One of baseball's most selective hitters gets into the swing of things.

Brett Gardner’s approach at the plate used to be simple: bend at the knees, let lots of balls (and strikes) go by, and wait until he walked. Pitchers can’t always throw strikes, even when they’re trying to, especially when the batter doesn’t have a big zone. Gardner consistently made pitchers pay for poor control with plate appearances like this one, from April 29, 2011:

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January 16, 2013 5:00 am

Sobsequy: How to Hit, According to Kevin Long

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Adam Sobsey

An exegesis of Cage Rat, the Yankee hitting coach's treatise on being handy with a bat.

A ballplayer I know told me recently that Kevin Long’s Cage Rat (Ecco, 2011, 198 pp.) was a great book, so I went and got it from the library. I wasn’t at all surprised to discover that, whatever the reasons why the ballplayer called it a great book, they have nothing to do with the quality of the writing. By “great,” it’s necessary to keep in mind that what’s meant isn’t really Ulysses-great; people throw the word “great” around to mean things like enjoyable, not a waste of time, even serviceable. The word is a tool to denote general positivity.

Cage Rat is made of strictly functional, ugly prose—it’s often barely functional at all, in fact—rendered by as-told-to specialist Glen Waggoner in self-consciously vernacular style. Or maybe “vernacular”: it often sounds stilted, like a writer trying to sound like how he thinks someone like Long talks. That sections of it may in fact be transcriptions of actual Long speech is immaterial. It’s all clichés and received ideas cut into ribbons and reassembled. It’s probably exactly what all parties involved wanted.

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It's an all-AL East episode, as Ben and substitute co-host Jason Wojciechowski discuss a counterproductive proposal to fix what ails the Yankees, then talk about the latest Bobby Valentine controversy.

It's an all-AL East episode, as Ben and substitute co-host Jason Wojciechowski discuss a counterproductive proposal to fix what ails the Yankees, then talk about the latest Bobby Valentine controversy.

Episode 36: "How Not to Solve the Yankees' Problems/Bobby Valentine Says Some More Strange Things"

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April 1, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Off to the Races

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Jay Jaffe

The Yankees got a jumpstart to the season with a little help from a notoriously slow starter and a guy not known for hitting lefty pitching.

"I've been petitioning the league to start in March for years," laughed Mark Teixeira, a career .235/.342/.411 hitter in April, but .294/.382/.557 the rest of the year. "Finally they let us start in March because everyone knows about my Aprils."

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April 4, 2010 2:12 pm

Transaction Action: Turn of the Screw, NL

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Christina Kahrl

Roster machinations, Marlowe, barbarism in the nation's capital, and more.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Optioned RHPs Kevin Mulvey and Billy Buckner, 1B-L Brandon Allen, and OF-R Cole Gillespie to Reno (Triple-A). [3/30]
Outrighted RHP Jose Marte to Reno. [4/2]
Optioned LHPs Clay Zavada and Zach Kroenke, C-R Jon Hester, and INF-R Ryan Roberts to Reno; purchased the contract of RHP Rodrigo Lopez from Reno. [4/3]

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National League projected rosters

With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 16 National League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members. Keep in mind these are projected rosters and subject to change.  American League lineups are here.  You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.

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AL Projected Rosters

With Opening Day a little more than a week away, here is a look at the projected rosters for each of the 14 American League clubs following conversations with club executives and media members.  National League lineups are here. You can also look at the fantasy depth charts at any time to see our latest updated projections.

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June 1, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: Maple Mayhem

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John Perrotto

Questions abound about the use of maple instead of ash, plus news and notes from around the game.

Don Long has a lot of reasons to smile this year. The Pirates' first-year hitting coach has finally made it to the major leagues after spending 21 years in the minor leagues as a manger, coach, and instructor. Furthermore, the Pirates' three starting outfielders, left fielder Jason Bay, center fielder Nate McLouth and right fielder Xavier Nady, are having All-Star caliber seasons under Long's tutelage. However, it is physically impossible for Long to smile right now thanks to something that is becoming more of a problem with each passing day in the major leagues-the breaking of maple bats at an alarming rate.

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October 31, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL West

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Nate Silver

To catch the young D'backs for the division, the other contending teams--including the defending NL champs--will have to shift team-building philosophies.

This is the last of a six-part preview of the impending offseason. Once I hit the 'submit' button and send this article to Christina, my column output is likely to be sporadic over the next several weeks as I tend to BP2K8 and PECOTA. I'll still be pitching in on Unfiltered in the meantime, and we'll have plenty of coverage for you as the stove turns from lukewarm to white hot.

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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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August 8, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: AL Roundup

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Christina Kahrl

The Yankees and Red Sox stay busy, the Indians try another starting pitcher, and where did all the shortstops go?

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