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02-03

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Future Shock: Giants Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

01-13

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Heartburn Hardball: Jack Morris in Motion
by
Jonathan Bernhardt

10-19

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World Series Prospectus: The Midwest Showdown
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Baseball Prospectus

08-17

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Spinning Yarn: Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?
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Mike Fast

06-15

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Spinning Yarn: Vogelsong Poetry
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Mike Fast

03-02

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Spinning Yarn: How Accurate is PitchTrax?
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Mike Fast

02-16

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59

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone
by
Mike Fast

02-03

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16

Overthinking It: A Little Bit Softer Now
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Ben Lindbergh

04-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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David Laurila

03-31

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One-Hoppers: Switch-Pitcher in Pinstripes
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Jay Jaffe

02-08

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37

Baseball Therapy: Why Not Two Pitchers?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-06

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On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists
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John Perrotto

05-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Ross Grimsley
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David Laurila

02-11

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You Could Look It Up: Going South?
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Steven Goldman

12-07

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Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
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John Perrotto

11-02

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Every Given Sunday: Off-season Moves
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John Perrotto

09-07

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Every Given Sunday: Scoops of all Sizes from Around the Major Leagues
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John Perrotto

07-27

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Every Given Sunday: All Busy-ness 'Round the Major League Table
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John Perrotto

07-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Aaron Laffey
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David Laurila

07-17

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On the Beat: The Two-Week Watch
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John Perrotto

06-03

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Future Shock: The Top 50 Talents
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Kevin Goldstein

05-20

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You Could Look It Up: Jon Lester, Meet Mel Parnell
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Steven Goldman

01-23

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Doctoring The Numbers: Marlins, White Sox, and Rays
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Rany Jazayerli

01-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Getting Shifty
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Dan Fox

12-16

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Prospectus Q&A: John Farrell
by
David Laurila

12-02

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On the Beat: Grand Ole Opry
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John Perrotto

10-21

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave LaRoche
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David Laurila

06-28

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Schrodinger's Bat: Playing Favorites
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Dan Fox

06-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Science and Art of Building a Better Pitcher Profile
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Dan Fox

05-08

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Career Path Choices
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Bryan Smith

10-16

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Future Shock: Monday Morning Ten-Pack
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Kevin Goldstein

10-16

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Future Shock: Where Did the Tigers and the Athletics Come From?
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Kevin Goldstein

10-14

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Four
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Joe Sheehan

10-14

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Playoff Prospectus: The Best and Worst of Mets and Cardinals Postseason Pitching
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Jim Baker

10-13

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day Three
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Prospectus Today: The Games Go On
by
Joe Sheehan

10-12

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Player Profile
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Marc Normandin

10-11

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Remembering Buck O'Neil
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Alex Belth

10-11

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Prospectus Today: LCS, Day One
by
Joe Sheehan

10-09

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Completely Random Statistical Trivia
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Keith Woolner

10-09

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Six
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Joe Sheehan

10-07

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Four
by
Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Three
by
Joe Sheehan

10-06

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Prospectus Matchups: October Musings
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Jim Baker

10-05

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Prospectus Today: Division Series, Day Two
by
Joe Sheehan

05-11

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part Ten
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Rany Jazayerli

04-13

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Irreducible Essence of Platoon Splits
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Dan Fox

03-21

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2006--Setting the Stage
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Rany Jazayerli

06-30

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Crooked Numbers: Left Wing Conspiracy
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James Click

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The future of the Giants' farm system will largely depend upon the team's most recent draft.

Previous Rankings: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008

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A writer who never saw Jack Morris pitch watches him in action for the first time and comes away even less convinced that the traditionalist case for his candidacy should earn him a call to Cooperstown.

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Sizing up every facet of each contender in this season's Fall Classic.

The Breakdown

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What factors determine how often hitters take one for the team?

Every season major league pitchers throw tens of thousands of pitches inside off the plate, yet they hit batters “only” about 1500-1800 times in a season. Why do some inside pitches hit the batter, while others do not?

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Examining the approach that has made Ryan Vogelsong a giant among Giants with the aid of PITCHf/x.

In January, Ryan Vogelsong signed a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants. He compiled a 3.27 ERA in 22 solid innings in spring training but was sent to Triple-A Fresno to begin the year. He followed that up with two strong starts at Fresno, allowing three runs and striking out 17 in 11 1/3 innings. On April 17, Vogelsong joined the big club when Barry Zito went on the disabled list with a foot injury, and on April 28, he took Zito’s place in the Giants starting rotation.

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Before you yell at the umpire, consider making a few adjustments to your dataset.

After the last two postseasons, most baseball fans are familiar with the strike zone location graphic known as PitchTrax. Here’s an example from Game One of the 2010 American League Championship Series:

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Examining umpire calling and catcher framing leads to thought-provoking questions about the amorphous nature of the strike zone.

Ever since the PITCHf/x system debuted in the 2006 playoffs, people have been interested in what it says about the strike zone that the umpires call.

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February 3, 2011 9:05 am

Overthinking It: A Little Bit Softer Now

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Ben Lindbergh

Do southpaws really tend to be soft tossers, and if so, why?

“They have crooked arms. They throw crooked, they walk crooked, and they think crooked. They even wear their clothes crooked. You have to figure they’re a little crazy.” —Al Schacht

“There ain’t a left-hander in the world who can run a straight line. It’s the gravitational pull on the earth’s axis that gets ’em.”Ray Miller

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A conversation about analysis and the game with the former skipper and present-day talking head.

Buck Showalter is in many ways an old-school baseball man, but that doesn’t mean the former Yankees, Diamondbacks, and Rangers skipper doesn‘t value data -- or that he hasn’t for more than three decades. He unmistakably understands the mechanics of the game. Currently an analyst for ESPN, Showalter offered his thoughts on a variety of subjects, including how the game has (and hasn’t) changed, why Paul O’Neill could hit southpaws, why switch-sliders make good switch-hitters, and what makes the Twins the Twins.

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Pat Venditte's Grapefruit League debut prompted a romp through the archives

It was only one inning and change in an exhibition game, but on Tuesday the Yankees finally got a good look at Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous reliever who has pitched for three of their lower minor league affiliates over the last two years. Drafted out of Creighton in the 20th round in 2008, Venditte has been regarded by the media simply as a curiosity, and even his own organization has treated him more as a suspect than a prospect. Nonetheless, He's done nothing but deliver the goods when asked, compiling dominating numbers — 1.53 ERA, 11.6 strikeouts per nine and 6.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio, against just 6.7 hits per nine — in an even 100 innings. Intrigued, manager Joe Girardi requested that the Yankees bring him along to the Braves camp for a command performance in a split-squad game. "I've wanted to see it all spring," said the Yankee skipper.

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February 8, 2010 11:46 am

Baseball Therapy: Why Not Two Pitchers?

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Russell A. Carleton

Alternating left-handed and right-handed relievers by temporarily shifting them to the outfield is an old strategy to reconsider.

It was the second game of a doubleheader last July 12, and the Cardinals were visiting Wrigley Field. In the top of the ninth inning, the Cards held a 4-2 lead, and the wheels were moving in the head of Cubs manager Lou Piniella. Piniella had brought lefty Sean Marshall into the game with runners on first and second and no one out to face the announced left-handed hitting Cardinals pinch hitter Chris Duncan (Tony La Russa countered by using Nick Stavinoha to pinch-hit). Marshall walked Stavinoha, and Piniella popped out of the dugout and called to his bullpen. In came the right-handed Aaron Heilman to face Brendan Ryan, and Marshall was dismissed from the mound to left field. It was Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano who was headed for the showers, rather than Marshall. Piniella apparently wanted to keep Marshall in the game to face Skip Schumaker and Colby Rasmus, the next two hitters due up after Ryan. Piniella's strategy worked. Heilman struck Ryan out. Marshall then returned to the mound. He ended up striking out Jaret Hoffpauir (pinch hitting for Schumaker) and getting Rasmus to fly to left field, where Marshall's replacement, Reed Johnson, made a fine catch.

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December 6, 2009 12:38 pm

On the Beat: Pre-Winter Meetings Shopping Lists

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John Perrotto

'Tis the season for who needs what at what price, and poor-mouthing high and low, as the industry heads for Indy.

INDIANAPOLIS-Since it's the time of year to make a list and check it twice, all 30 major-league general managers are in the spirit. Not the spirit of the holidays, but the spirit of baseball's annual Winter Meetings, which begin here Monday. As GMs begin to converge on Indy today, all of them have wish lists, some longer than others. In order to fill those lists, though, they might have to give something up in return. With that in mind, here is a look at where all 30 teams stand on the eve of the winter meetings:

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