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05-23

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The Platoon Advantage: Life and Ed Whitson
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Cee Angi

08-18

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The Lineup Card: 11 Memorable Breakdowns, Antics, and Tirades
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Baseball Prospectus

07-28

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Don't Call it the Veterans' Committee
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Jay Jaffe

07-20

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BP Unfiltered: Lou Piniella: Hall of Fame Manager
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John Perrotto

07-19

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You Can Blog It Up: The Lou Piniella All-Stars (and a chat note)
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Steven Goldman

06-16

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Outfield
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Rob McQuown

05-19

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
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John Perrotto

05-05

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On the Beat: Wednesday Update
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John Perrotto

03-31

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On the Beat: Mid-Week Update
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John Perrotto

07-12

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Hendry
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David Laurila

06-29

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The Week In Quotes: June 22-28
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Alex Carnevale

03-09

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The Week In Quotes: March 2-8
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Alex Carnevale

03-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Al Fitzmorris
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David Laurila

01-28

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On the Beat: Roads Less Traveled
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John Perrotto

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Dodgers versus Cubs
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Christina Kahrl

09-28

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Ballot
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John Perrotto

09-15

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The Week In Quotes: Week of September 8-14
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Alex Carnevale

09-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Ozzie Guillen
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David Laurila

08-27

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On the Beat: Staying the Course
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John Perrotto

07-02

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On the Beat
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John Perrotto

04-15

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You Could Look It Up: Hit Second and Like It
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Steven Goldman

04-09

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The 100-Year Itch
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John Perrotto

10-02

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Playoff Prospectus: Cubs versus Diamondbacks
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Nate Silver

05-09

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Morning in Chicago
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John Perrotto

03-22

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Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And More
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Dan Fox

10-23

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The Ledger Domain: Steve Lyons Speaks Out
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Maury Brown

05-02

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The Week In Quotes: April 25-May 1
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John Erhardt

04-19

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The Week In Quotes: April 12-18
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Ryan Wilkins

06-19

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Breaking Balls: Kid Stuff
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Derek Zumsteg

02-17

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The Week In Quotes: February 4-16
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Ryan Wilkins

11-04

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The Week In Quotes: October 28-November 3
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Ryan Wilkins

09-13

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Emerald City Blues
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Jeff Bower

07-22

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The Week In Quotes: July 15-21, 2002
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Derek Zumsteg

11-07

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Staff Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

10-17

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Playoff Prospectus
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Joe Sheehan

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

07-07

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From The Mailbag: Orthodoxy, All-Stars, Mariners and Rockies
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Baseball Prospectus

06-27

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AL West Notebook
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Derek Zumsteg

05-28

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AL West Notebook
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Jeff Bower

12-02

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Pitcher Usage and Result Patterns: Seattle Mariners
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Jeff Bower and Christina Kahrl

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May 23, 2012 3:00 am

The Platoon Advantage: Life and Ed Whitson

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Cee Angi

We can learn a lot from our most difficult seasons.

Routine decisions are the easiest. I know which coffee I like best, which chair in my living room is most comfortable, and which jeans in my closet are flattering. Medium-hard decisions require more thought, but when pushed I can decide where to go for vacation and what color would look best should I decide to paint the kitchen. But the hardest decisions are the ones that have financial implications, because, let’s face it, a life without money would be incredibly difficult.

There is nothing wrong with being particular if you can afford it. Roy Oswalt can afford to be the Van Halen of baseball—with stipulations that he’ll play only for teams in a particular time zone, and that all the brown M&Ms be removed from the clubhouse bowls. Most of us, though, players and people alike, have to risk venturing into situations that might not be suitable to us so we can maintain mere subsistence, never mind repose in candy-coded splendor.

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The BP Crew recalls their favorite baseball freakouts.

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July 28, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Don't Call it the Veterans' Committee

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Jay Jaffe

Noting yet more changes in the Veterans' Committee and considering Lou Piniella's Hall of Fame case.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame's Board of Directors threw another changeup. One day after the Class of 2010 enjoyed its day in the sun, the board announced a restructuring of its procedures to consider managers, umpires, executives, and "long-retired players" for election to the Hall of Fame. In doing so, it buried the lead: the institution has put a pillow over the face of the Veterans Committee it radically expanded in 2001. In fact, the press release outlining the re-re-revamped procedures doesn't use the phrase "Veterans Committee" at all.

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Sweet Lou, who announced Tuesday that he will retire from the Cubs at the end of the season, has earned his way to Cooperstown.

It certainly came as no surprise, at least to me, that Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced his retirement on Tuesday. Whether he stays retired remains to be seen but that's another matter for another day.

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One more look at a manager's "best-of" team, this time the peak seasons at each position by Lou Piniella.

The by-now-familiar boilerplate: the inspiration here is Bill James' The Bill James Guide to Managers, which contains several of these "teams" for various historical managers. The idea is to find the peak player at each position and put together a “best-of” team. Previously I’ve compiled teams for Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa.

This was the most surprising of the three managerial all-star teams we’ve done so far, because there wasn’t the same range of great players and seasons to choose from as there was for Cox and LaRussa; I’m pretty sure either of their teams would lick Piniella’s in any seven-game series. There is a reason that both of those managers are going to go to the Hall of Fame and Piniella might not; they’ve had the horses, or created them (if you chose to give them that much credit) while Piniella worked with some lesser rosters. Here is Sweet Lou’s team, featuring fewer Yankees than I expected:

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June 16, 2010 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Outfield

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Rob McQuown

Rob McQuown channels both Lou Piniella and Steve Stone in deciphering the Tyler Colvin situation. More importantly, two new Value Picks are analyzed for fantasy value.

Is Steve Stone'd, or Just Stupid? Here's a (very) loose translation of the recent war on words between analyst Steve Stone and manager Lou Piniella, regarding Value Pick outfielder Tyler Colvin:

Steve Stone: “Play the kid, already. He shouldn't be sitting on the bench. Jason Heyward is playing every day; Mike Stanton is playing every day; so should Tyler Colvin.”

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May 19, 2010 8:57 am

On the Beat: Wednesday Update

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John Perrotto

The Rays are being carried by their red-hot starting rotation, along with other major-league notes.

James Shields pondered the questions for a moment, then boomeranged it right back at the person making the query.

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May 5, 2010 6:34 am

On the Beat: Wednesday Update

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John Perrotto

The Cubs are making lemonade with Zambrano and Soriano, along with other notes from around the majors.

It would be hard to find a more well-liked person in baseball than Jim Hendry. The Cubs' general manager is personable, egoless, and friendly. Perhaps it is Hendry's pleasant nature that has put the Cubs in the predicament of holding some of the worst contracts in baseball. Maybe he just can't say no to agents. Perhaps because Hendry is such a good guy, his superiors in the Tribune Co., the Cubs' previous owners, did not have the heart to stop him from overpaying for players.

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Rookies Heyward and Jackson prepare for their debuts, Sweet Lou says he hasn't lost his fire, plus other notes from around the majors.

One of the biggest questions on the Grapefruit League circuit this spring has been: Who is the better prospect, Jason Heyward or Stephen Strasburg? Both Heyward, the Braves' right fielder, and Strasburg, the Nationals' right-hander, have been the talk of Florida throughout the exhibition season

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July 12, 2009 12:38 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Jim Hendry

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David Laurila

A conversation with the Cubs' GM about his home park, baseball history and PEDs, and his relationship with his managers.

Jim Hendry doesn't shy away from the old-school label, but the straight-shooting Cubs GM is by no means narrow-minded in his approach. In his current position since July 2002, Hendry has seen the game through a wide array of lenses, having served in multiple capacities at both the college and professional levels. Named the National Coach of the Year after leading Creighton University to the College World Series in 1991, he subsequently spent three years working with the Florida Marlins before coming to Chicago in 1995. Since joining the Cubs organization, the native of Dunedin, Florida has worn multiple hats, including those of Director of Player Development, being in charge of scouting, and Assistant GM/Director of Player Personnel.

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A key figure in the industry sets his schedule for leaving, too many absent friends in St. Pete, plus other notable quotables from around the game.

HE MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE CYCLED STEROIDS DURING NEGOTIATIONS

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This week's notables and quotables, from wars of words to across the globe.

ANYWHERE YOU GO, THE GAME'S THE SAME

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