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August 29, 2012 11:18 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Wednesday, August 29

6

Jason Wojciechowski

Kelly Shoppach is trolling, and Lewwwwww Ford is Lewwwwww Ford.

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August 28, 2012 9:38 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Tuesday, August 28

3

Matthew Kory

The Reds have reached 100 percent playoff odds. Thirteen teams are at zero.

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Lew Ford and Ray Olmedo are back in the major leagues. Yes, that Lew Ford and that Ray Olmedo.

Every year, a few players whom you've long since decided you'll never see again resurface on someone's roster. In most cases, you think you've seen the last of them because they've washed out of the majors and have either taken some time off or continued to toil in lower-profile, lower-level leagues. But eventually, they work their way back to the big leagues, at which point you spot their name in a box score, do a double-take, confirm that they're the same player, and catch up on where they were all that time. Because I wrote the Angels chapter in Baseball Prospectus 2011​, I remember two typically obscure lost-and-found players, Mike Ryan and Cory Aldridge. Before getting into a few games for the 2010 Angels, Ryan hadn't been a big leaguer since 2005, and Aldridge hadn't appeared on a major-league roster since 2001.* 

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Let's hear it for rainouts, as Derek checks out the Schilling v. Santana showdown in Minneapolis.

Welcome to yet another edition of Game of the Week. As you might have noticed, the game we set out to cover last week was rained out. That game, the nightcap of a planned Saturday day/night doubleheader between the Red Sox and Rangers at Fenway Park, was to have featured Red Sox past and future--former Sock John Wasdin going for the Texans, young Texan ace-of-the-future Josh Beckett pitching for the Beantowners.

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How would Barry Bonds' absence affect the Giants? Who will fill out the Dodgers' rotation? And will Joe Mauer ever be an everyday catcher? This and more in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

Penny's absence looks to push lefty swingman Wilson Alvarez into the rotation, at least temporarily. Alvarez enjoyed a solid 2004, making 15 starts and relieving 25 times for a 4.03 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 120.2 innings pitched, good for a VORP of 21.0 runs. He's no stranger to injury himself, having missed all of the 2000 and 2001 seasons due to rotator cuff surgery, and his swingman role reflects the team's willingness to place only so many eggs in his oversized basket.

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Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards. The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings. Hitters: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (Avg/OBP/SLG/RARP/VORP) Pitchers: Ballots, Points (1st Place Votes), (ERA, IP, SNWAR or ARP, VORP)

Welcome all to the results of the Baseball Prospectus Mid-Season Awards.

The points system is 10-7-5-3-1 for the MVP and Cy Young Awards, and 5-3-1 for the Rookie Awards. BP authors' picks, with all-too-clever comments, are included here, below the awards standings.

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May 7, 2004 12:00 am

Can Of Corn: April Awards

0

Dayn Perry

The calendar has flipped, we've all celebrated that strange Mexican holiday by cramming fruit in our beers, and power bills around the country are preparing for the arduous climb that will face them in the coming months. Clearly, it's time to prematurely hand out (a split infinitive... for the people!) awards for the 2004 season. Here's my hardware for the season's first checkpoint. For my criteria, I'm using the dread "If the season ended today..." qualifier that leads to so much analytical white noise. Five months from now, these picks may be as relevant as Justin Guarini circa 2007, but, nevertheless, here they are...

NL MVP - Barry Bonds, Giants

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I was at Safeco Field on Tuesday, watching a fast-moving game that was on pace to wrap up 3-2 Mariners in about two and a half hours, and ended up with one of the longest, craziest games I've ever attended. I scored this game. I've been working on an article about scoring and finding a good card to match your style, and thought I'd finally settled on one. This game, of course, became the torture-test for a scorecard:

The last great extra-innings game I'd been to was Blue Jays at Mets, at Shea, June 9th, 1999, a 14-inning marathon I enjoyed a lot. That one took four hours, 35 minutes. I blame Bobby Valentine, who failed to pinch-hit for Rey Ordonez over and over when it could have won him the game. It was a great time, though. I got to see the game with Melissa Hughes, who wrote some good baseball articles for a while (including some good and scary ones on baseball groupies and the Web sites of the adoring fan) and then quit writing about baseball.

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Following up on yesterday's article, here is the definitive list of every transaction made at last weekend's Mock Winter Meetings in Chicago. The list of moves includes a blockbuster trade for Mark Teixeira, cheap contracts for Trot Nixon and Juan Gonzalez, and a surprise new home for Vladimir Guerrero.

AL WEST

ANAHEIM

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