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01-02

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BP Unfiltered: The Year in Clint Hurdle's Face
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Ben Lindbergh

11-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 85: Manny Acta and the Blue Jays' Managerial Job
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

07-20

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21

Inside The Park: Ozzie Guillen and His Big Mouth
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Bradford Doolittle

06-21

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10

On the Beat: Who Wants to be the Next Skipper?
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John Perrotto

05-11

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15

Prospectus Hit and Run: Donnie Buntball
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Jay Jaffe

01-31

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25

Overthinking It: Managing Expectations: Baseball's Next Big Inefficiency
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Ben Lindbergh

11-09

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11

On the Beat: Handicapping the Managerial Candidates
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John Perrotto

11-04

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25

The BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of Leo
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Steven Goldman

11-01

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Tony La Russa
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Larry Granillo

10-03

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On the Beat: The Next Managers
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John Perrotto

09-30

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Regular-Season Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

08-15

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Resident Fantasy Genius: Managing a Need for Speed
by
Derek Carty

07-07

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Prospectus Perspective: Davey Johnson: Man, Beast, or Cheese?
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Chris St. John

10-22

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On the Beat: Creating a Mindset
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John Perrotto

09-27

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3

On the Beat: Septembers To Remember For Some Longshots
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John Perrotto

09-20

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9

On the Beat: Being Part of the Solution
by
John Perrotto

07-26

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Contractual Matters: The White Rat Reluctant
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Jeff Euston

06-29

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22

Top 10 Week: Manager Prospects
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John Perrotto

02-01

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36

Baseball Therapy: Profiling a Manager, Part 3
by
Russell A. Carleton

01-25

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23

Baseball Therapy: Profiling a Manager, Part 2
by
Russell A. Carleton

01-18

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38

Baseball Therapy: Profiling a Manager, Part 1
by
Russell A. Carleton

01-03

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Prospectus Q&A: A.J. Hinch
by
David Laurila

12-31

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The Year in Quotes
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Alex Carnevale

12-27

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33

Fine Penmanship
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Tim Kniker

12-06

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Beattie
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David Laurila

10-26

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The Week in Quotes: October 19-25
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Alex Carnevale

10-18

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Winter League Preview
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Carlos J. Lugo

10-11

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On the Beat: Post-season Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

10-05

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The Week in Quotes: September 28-October 4
by
Alex Carnevale

10-04

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15

On the Beat: Final Weekend Update
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John Perrotto

09-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Ozzie Guillen
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David Laurila

07-14

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The Week in Quotes: Week of July 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

05-04

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Prospectus Q&A: Torey Lovullo
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David Laurila

04-28

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The Week in Quotes: April 21-27
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Alex Carnevale

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

12-10

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The Week in Quotes: December 2-9
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Alex Carnevale

10-14

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Analyze This: Hope, Faith, Change, and Money
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John Perrotto

10-08

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The Week in Quotes: October 1-7
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Alex Carnevale

09-30

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Every Given Sunday: Tribe Success, and Its Duplication
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John Perrotto

09-23

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Every Given Sunday: Changing of the Guards
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John Perrotto

09-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Trembley
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David Laurila

03-22

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Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And More
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Dan Fox

11-13

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The Week in Quotes: November 7-13
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Alex Carnevale

10-31

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Internet Baseball Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

10-23

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The Week in Quotes: October 16-23
by
Alex Carnevale

10-02

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The Week in Quotes: September 25-October 2
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Alex Carnevale

03-28

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2006--Setting the Stage
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Christina Kahrl

08-30

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Prospectus Q&A: J.P. Ricciardi, Part I
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Jonah Keri

08-25

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Breaking Balls: Derek's Guide to Winning Baseball, an Occasional Series: Part 3
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Derek Zumsteg

03-19

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You Could Look It Up: Prejudices
by
Steven Goldman

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The faces Clint Hurdle made shortly before or after getting ejected in 2012.

According to Body Language University, which sounds like a completely legitimate and accredited academic institution, facial expressions are among the most important elements of human nonverbal communication. That explains how Clint Hurdle has earned a reputation as an especially good communicator: he has the most expressive face of any major-league manager. Most of the time he uses his facial expressions for good, but sometimes he gets angry at umpires. And when Hurdle gets angry at umpires, his face contorts into shapes that some viewers may find disturbing.

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Ben and Sam discuss whether Manny Acta's lousy career win-loss record has any bearing on his likelihood of success if he becomes the Blue Jays' manager.

Ben and Sam discuss whether Manny Acta's lousy career win-loss record has any bearing on his likelihood of success if he becomes the Blue Jays' manager.

Episode 85: "Manny Acta and the Blue Jays' Managerial Job"

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Wherever he goes, Ozzie Guillen attempts to be the center of attention. And we give him exactly what he wants.

Pure as th' expanse of Heav'n; I thither went
With unexperienc't thought, and laid me downe
On the green bank, to look into the cleer
Smooth Lake, that to me seemd another Skie.
As I bent down to look, just opposite,
A Shape within the watry gleam appeard
Bending to look on me, I started back,
It started back, but pleas'd I soon returnd,
Pleas'd it returnd as soon with answering looks
Of sympathie and love; there I had fixt
Mine eyes till now, and pin'd with vain desire.
- Milton, "Paradise Lost"

No one knew it at the time, but the feeling had been circulating among us for weeks: The Ozzie Show was drawing to a close, and this September night, an innocuous Monday pregame before a meaningless late-season clash between the White Sox and Blue Jays, was to be the final performance.












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June 21, 2012 5:00 am

On the Beat: Who Wants to be the Next Skipper?

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John Perrotto

A look at 10 new managerial candidates, and a conversation with Mets manager Terry Collins.

The All-Star break is coming into view, yet no managers have been fired this season. In fact, there have been only a few reports of any of the 30 major-league skippers even possibly being in trouble. But it will eventually happen. Some owner will finally get fed up, drop the axe, and his club will begin a managerial search.

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May 11, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Donnie Buntball

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Jay Jaffe

Don Mattingly's affinity for the bunt could be keeping the Dodgers from scoring more runs.

Like many a Dodger fan, I found myself pulling out clumps of hair on Tuesday night. The Dodgers—a first-place team at 19-10 to that point, surprisingly—were facing the Giants (14-15) in L.A. Despite having Clayton Kershaw on the hill, they were on the short end of a 2-1 score, because with a man on base in the second inning, their ace left a high fastball to Brett Pill a bit too far out over the plate, and Pill drove it 384 feet into the left-field bleachers. The Dodgers had plated a run against Ryan Vogelsong in the bottom of the second thanks to a pair of doubles, but they could get no more, and as the innings passed, the situation grew more desperate.

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Why the next big step for baseball teams might not be learning something new, but making better use of the information they already have.

“The management and analysis of data, whether it be scouting reports, statistics, medical information or video, is a critical component of our operation. We look forward to developing a customized program that utilizes the most advanced and efficient technology available in the marketplace today to facilitate quicker, easier and more accurate access to all the sources of information we use to make baseball decisions.”—Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, January 2012

“[Statistical analysis] helps but doesn’t tell the whole story of the game. There is a lot of gut feeling you got to make. If you have a stat and see a flashing number and you see that this guy is doing very good against this other guy, you can use that in a game during a key situation. Yes. But we cannot just depend on stats alone. You got to depend on many other things… I don’t like to become a fantasy manager. The goal for a good manager is to have players who are able to manage themselves on the field.”—Unsuccessful Cubs managerial candidate Sandy Alomar Jr., November 2011

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November 9, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Handicapping the Managerial Candidates

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John Perrotto

Which managerial candidates have the best chances to be the next skippers in St. Louis, Chicago, and Boston?

Maybe it is coincidence or maybe it is serendipity, but three of the most high-profile manager jobs in the major leagues are currently open.

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November 4, 2011 8:50 am

The BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of Leo

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Steven Goldman

Theo Epstein can put an end to the Cubs' managerial merry-go-round.

Back in February, I wrote about how the Chicago Cubs had never had an iconic general manager. The dismissal of Mike Quade is an opportunity to ask a similar question of the Cubs. It’s not that they have never had a great manager—Hall of Famer Joe McCarthy got his start in the majors with Chicago, taking the team to the 1929 World Series, in the process becoming the first and last manager to get Hack Wilson focused on baseball, but McCarthy was forced out in a power struggle with Rogers Hornsby 71 years ago. That’s a lot of baseball under the bridge without a skipper putting his mark on the team in some way.

Some might point to another Hall of Fame skipper, Leo Durocher, who coached the team from 1966 to 1972, but despite the Lip’s helping the Cubs go from 50-103 in 1966 to 92-70 in 1969, he never did win anything with the Cubs, clashed with key players such as Ron Santo, and wasn’t exactly focused, wandering off on the team from time to time to deal with personal matters that somehow seemed more important than his job. Durocher is also, correctly, far more identified with the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants than he is with the Cubbies.

Lou Piniella, Dusty Baker, Don Zimmer, Charlie Grimm, and Jim Frey all had their moments, and of course Frank Chance and Gabby Hartnett shone as player-managers, but the Cubs have never had the great skipper that dominates the memory of other clubs. Instead, they’ve had Bob Scheffing, Bob Kennedy, the College of Coaches, Jim Essian, and now—fairly or unfairly—Mike Quade.  

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A look at how Tony La Russa was viewed throughout his career on the night of his retirement.

The newly-crowned and paraded World Champion St. Louis Cardinals called a press conference Monday morning. Initial speculation wondered if the Cards had somehow wrangled a long-term contract out of Albert Pujols. Other, more cautious spectators imagined that it was about a contract extension for catcher Yadier Molina. At least one person thought the Cards were making an announcement about the latest Wezen-Ball post.

Instead, the Cardinals shocked the baseball world by announcing the retirement of 34-year-veteran manager Tony La Russa. It would make La Russa the first manager in history to retire following a World Series victory. Considering that the announcement came less than 72 hours after the final out of the Series, it must not have been that difficult of a decision for La Russa.

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John names ten men who appear poised to join the ranks of major-league managers.

They call it the Silly Season in NASCAR. It is that time right after the stock car season ends, in which drivers and pit crews began jumping from one team to another, the sport's version of free agency.

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Now that the regular season has wrapped up, here's a look at who BP staffers think should win the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff choices for the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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August 15, 2011 11:28 pm

Resident Fantasy Genius: Managing a Need for Speed

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Derek Carty

There are some managers more afraid of turning runners loose on the basepaths, but just how much do skippers affect the running game?

Prior to the 2011 season, much ado was made in the fantasy community over the Brewers declining to bring back manager Ken Macha, instead replacing him with Ron Roenicke. While Roenicke was far from a household name, his stated desire to allow his players to run more than they did under his predecessor piqued the interest of fantasy owners:

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