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08-10

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Raising Aces: Hocking LOOGYs
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Doug Thorburn

02-03

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16

Overthinking It: A Little Bit Softer Now
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Ben Lindbergh

11-16

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5

On the Beat: The NL Winter Agenda
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John Perrotto

11-09

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On the Beat: Scioscia's Tree is Branching Out
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John Perrotto

08-25

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42

On the Beat: Playing from Behind
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John Perrotto

05-26

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Fantasy Beat: Playing The Platoon
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Craig Brown

04-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Buck Showalter
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David Laurila

02-02

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19

Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000
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Christina Kahrl

12-06

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9

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

09-06

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4

On the Beat: Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

07-16

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18

On the Beat: Buyers Rush Nearly Empty Shelves?
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John Perrotto

06-28

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29

Prospectus Idol Entry: LaRussa's Choices
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Brian Cartwright

05-08

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11

Fantasy Beat: Dreaming of Zach Duke
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Marc Normandin

04-24

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Fantasy Beat: Dreaming of Chris Volstad
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Marc Normandin

02-11

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9

You Could Look It Up: Going South?
by
Steven Goldman

02-08

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4

On the Beat: More Questions and Even Less Time
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John Perrotto

12-07

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5

Every Given Sunday: Winter Meetings Preview
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John Perrotto

11-20

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24

Future Shock: Marlins Top 11 Prospects
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Kevin Goldstein

11-02

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Every Given Sunday: Off-season Moves
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John Perrotto

07-17

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On the Beat: The Two-Week Watch
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John Perrotto

02-03

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Every Given Sunday: Gearing Up For Pitchers and Catchers
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John Perrotto

01-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Getting Shifty
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Dan Fox

12-20

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Issue of the Day, and Ranging into the Outfield
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Dan Fox

12-02

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On the Beat: Grand Ole Opry
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John Perrotto

11-18

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Prospectus Q&A: Andy Etchebarren
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David Laurila

08-16

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Schrodinger's Bat: Putting the Pedal to the Metal
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Dan Fox

07-11

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Looking Ahead
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John Perrotto

07-05

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Schrodinger's Bat: Searching for the Gyroball
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Dan Fox

06-21

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Schrodinger's Bat: Gameday Meets the Knuckleball
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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
by
Dan Fox

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Padres versus Cardinals
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Dan Fox

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Tigers versus Yankees
by
Rany Jazayerli

05-11

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Doctoring The Numbers: The Draft, Part Ten
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Rany Jazayerli

04-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Of Crowds and Splits
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Dan Fox

04-13

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

06-30

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Crooked Numbers: Left Wing Conspiracy
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James Click

03-18

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Prospectus Matchups: Lefty Roundup: The Sinister Starters
by
Jim Baker

09-02

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The Disappearing Southpaw
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James Click

05-27

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Lies, Damned Lies: Southpaw Stories, Part I
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Nate Silver

02-21

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Doctoring The Numbers: Do Lefties "Break Out" More Than Righties?
by
Rany Jazayerli

09-06

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Transaction Analysis: August 31-September 4, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

06-28

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Doctoring the Numbers
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Rany Jazayerli

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
by
Christina Kahrl

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August 10, 2012 5:00 am

Raising Aces: Hocking LOOGYs

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Doug Thorburn

How do left-handed specialists make the most of their platoon advantage, and at what cost does their approach come?

Growing up left-handed is a tough gig. We left-handers can't write a sentence in ink without needing to wash our hands, classroom scissors malfunction in our claw-like grips, and driving a stick-shift requires a certain degree of ambidexterity. In little league, defensive assignments were restricted to roaming the outfield pasture unless one happened to have a hyperactive pituitary gland, thus earning a trip to play first base with the right-handed infielders. I was able to fool one coach into putting me at catcher for a season, but that experiment was predictably short-lived.

The mound is a southpaw's chance at redemption, where the bar for lefties to gain acceptance is lowered. Left-handers sit right in the cross-hairs of the supply-demand curve in the majors due to the limited player-pool as well as a league-wide desire to exploit platoon splits (see table for 2012 figures). Just 10 percent of the world is left-handed, yet southpaws have been on the mound for 31 percent of all plate appearances this season. Lefty batters make up 44 percent of plate appearances, a function of the advantages that are inherent in a two-step head-start down the line, combined with the reality that it is much easier to switch sides of the plate than it is to alternate throwing arms.

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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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November 16, 2010 9:00 am

On the Beat: The NL Winter Agenda

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John Perrotto

A look at the course of action teams from the senior circuit are considering this off-season, along with news and notes from around the major leagues.

The general managers' meetings get underway in Orlando today, which means trading season should soon reach full swing. So while a few deals have already been consummated, let's take a look at what is on the agenda for the 16 National League clubs this winter:

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November 9, 2010 8:00 am

On the Beat: Scioscia's Tree is Branching Out

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John Perrotto

The Angels are becoming the cradle of managers, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

When ESPN.com's Jayson Stark went about determining who the best manager in the major leagues was last January, he ultimately decided on the Angels' Mike Scioscia. Though Scioscia might stay out of the spotlight while honing his craft in Orange County, he is certainly worthy of being considered the best in his profession as he has taken to his teams to the postseason six times his 11 years on the job.

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The favorite Cardinals must chase down the Reds to repeat as NL Central champions, along with news and notes from around the majors.

The Cardinals were considered to have the easiest road to a division title when the season began. PECOTA pegged them to win the National League Central by nine games. Furthermore, the Cardinals were universally picked to repeat as division champions by all the pre-season publications.

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May 26, 2010 5:04 pm

Fantasy Beat: Playing The Platoon

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Craig Brown

Three players to think about when playing the platoon advantage in Scoresheet.

One of the things I love about Scoresheet is the ability to play platoon splits to set your optimal lineup.  I find myself visiting my team on a daily basis, revisiting my lineups to get the most value out of my team.  

What follows is a look at three players whose roles should be adjusted in Scoresheet leagues based on their extreme platoon splits in the first quarter of the season.  In an effort to uncover some potential hidden gems, I searched for players with greater than normal splits.

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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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February 2, 2010 1:38 am

Transaction Action: Thome, Taveras, and 10,000

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Christina Kahrl

The Reds get a shortstop, the Mariners a fourth outfielder, and the Twins a shot at franchise history?

LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Agreed to terms with LHP Joe Saunders on a one-year, $3.7-million contract, avoiding arbitration. [2/1]

MINNESOTA TWINS
Team Audit | DT Cards | PECOTA Cards | Depth Chart

Signed DH-L Jim Thome to a one-year, $1.5 million base contract; noted the loss of UT-R Steve Tolleson on a waiver claim by Oakland. [2/1]

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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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September 6, 2009 12:47 pm

On the Beat: Weekend Update

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John Perrotto

Will a third time be the charm rebuilding the Indians, plus news and views from around the game.

Mark Shapiro understands rebuilding. In eight years on the job as the Indians' general manager, he has been forced to do it twice. The first time came in 2002 in his first season after replacing John Hart as the club's general manager. When he took over, the Indians had been to the playoffs six times in the previous seven seasons, but the core group of players of those teams had either gotten too old or too expensive.

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July 16, 2009 12:39 pm

On the Beat: Buyers Rush Nearly Empty Shelves?

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John Perrotto

With sellers heavily outnumbered, how can everyone get what they want at the deadline?

The grumbling among most general managers is that it is too hard to make a trade in the current climate. Just 15 days remain until the July 31 deadline for making trades without securing waivers on players. However, 18 of the 30 major league clubs are still within five games of a playoff spot as the teams begin returning to action from the All-Star break tonight. Just nine teams can be considered definite sellers with the deadline approaching, leaving 21 clubs either looking to buy or at least stand pat. Thus, it is truly a sellers' market.

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Can a manager cost his team a game? It's hard to tell, as the players throw the balls and swing the bats, leaving the managers to fill out the lineup cards, give the steal sign, pinch hit, and bring in numerous relievers. We don't get to mark down a home run or a strike out for the manager, as the best we can do is see what did happen when he made a choice, and surmise what might have happened with the opposite choice.

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