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06-27

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The View from the Loge Level: The Evolution of Mike Scioscia
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Daron Sutton

05-29

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Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay
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Zachary Levine

05-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 452: The Exaggerated Demise of Managerial Ejections
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected
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Sam Miller

05-13

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Baseball Therapy: Analytical Master or Leader of Men?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-17

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Pebble Hunting: Every Manager's Face: The New Guys
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Sam Miller

03-20

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Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2013
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Evan Brunell

03-13

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Skewed Left: The Good and the Bad News About Instant Replay's Spring Trial
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Zachary Levine

01-29

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28

Throw the Flag
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Dan Brooks and Russell A. Carleton

01-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 373: Why the Manager Challenge System Might Be Broken
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-13

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 328: Chris Jaffe on Evaluating Managers and the Latest Trends in Managerial Hiring
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-05

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Overthinking It: Brad Ausmus and Cementing the New Model for Managers
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Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: What the Media Asked the Managers (and What it Means)
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Zachary Levine

10-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 303: Picking Playoff Narratives
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-09

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The Lineup Card: 8 Memorable Manager Decisions in the Playoffs
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Baseball Prospectus

10-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 301: Dusty Baker's Future and Joe Maddon's Perplexing Move/Favorite Prospects from Scout School
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-07

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Overthinking It: Dusty Baker and the Modern Manager's Survival Manual
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Ben Lindbergh

08-14

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 265: Answers to Your Burning Baseball Questions
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-19

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Pebble Hunting: Every Manager's Face, Part 2
by
Sam Miller

05-31

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Pebble Hunting: Every Manager's Face, Part 1
by
Sam Miller

05-20

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 206: When Does it Make Sense to Fire Managers?/What We Think about Hot Streaks
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-18

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Baseball Therapy: You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated
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Russell A. Carleton

03-04

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Baseball Therapy: Of Dogs, Men, and Stolen Bases
by
Russell A. Carleton

02-19

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Paul Richards, Maker of Major-League Managers
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Jonathan Bernstein

01-25

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Overthinking It: Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2012
by
Ben Lindbergh and Evan Brunell

01-24

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 125: The Umpire-Manager Relationship
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

01-14

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Pebble Hunting: The Probably Pointless Pitchout
by
Sam Miller

01-03

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 111: How Do Major-League Managers Differ from Non-Baseball Bosses?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-28

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Sobsequy: How to Think Like a Major-League Manager
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Adam Sobsey

11-20

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Value of Good Coaching
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C.J. Nitkowski

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

11-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Fresh Blood
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Nate Silver

11-08

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Manufactured Runs: What the Recent Trend Toward Inexperienced Managers Means
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Colin Wyers

10-03

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Sobsequy: The Unbearable Blandness of Joe Girardi
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Adam Sobsey

09-28

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Overthinking It: Mourning Manny Acta
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Ben Lindbergh

09-11

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Baseball ProGUESTus: What the Insiders Say Makes a Good Manager
by
C. Trent Rosecrans

08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 31: Davey Johnson, How Much Managers Matter, and the Ideal GM-Manager Relationship
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-06

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Baseball Therapy: So You Wanna Be a Manager
by
Russell A. Carleton

04-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Manager Narrative
by
Dash Treyhorn

03-23

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Extra Innings Excerpt
by
Colin Wyers

03-09

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The Stats Go Marching In: The Hidden Helpers of the Pitching Staff
by
Max Marchi

01-31

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

11-18

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Why Having a Quick Hook Helps
by
Mitchel Lichtman

11-04

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The BP Broadside: Exorcising the Ghost of Leo
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Steven Goldman

10-31

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Silly Goose: Mariano Rivera and the Myth of the Seven-Out Save
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Kevin Baker

02-09

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Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers
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Christina Kahrl

11-17

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Prospectus Q&A: J.C. Bradbury, Part II
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David Laurila

08-16

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Prospectus Perspective: The Last of The Czars
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Steven Goldman

07-28

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

04-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Franklin
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David Laurila

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June 27, 2014 6:00 am

The View from the Loge Level: The Evolution of Mike Scioscia

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Daron Sutton

The Angels skipper reflects on what he's learned in close to 15 full seasons at the helm.

Do you happen to remember the catchy tune "Maria Maria" by Santana and the Product G? Not a bad blast from the past, at least not in my mind. The song was the top dog on Billboard’s Hot 100 the very week Mike Scioscia started his managerial career in April of 2000. Doesn’t quite give you perspective on Scioscia’s tenure? Fair enough…a gallon of gas would have run you about $1.50 based on the national average when the new skipper took the helm (about $0.50 more in California). This past Thursday morning, in the back hallways of the Angels clubhouse, just hours before he won his 1,277th game as a skipper, Mike remembered that 41-year-old rookie manager and compared him to the 55-year-old seated behind his desk today.

“You can’t help but change, I think,” Scioscia said. “It’s easy to say that everything’s the same and that your thought process is the same. I do think the process stays the same, but certainly I think the way information’s gathered has changed. I think the nuts and bolts of this game, as far as I’m concerned, haven’t changed, and haven’t changed in a century as far as the fundamentals and what you need to do. The way players are evaluated keeps evolving daily, and I think to be in tune with that helps you to make some cleaner decisions. So yeah, I would say that there’s been some growth in myself as a manager over that time and I think you’d expect that.”

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May 29, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: What We've Learned About Replay

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Zachary Levine

A look at challenge rates, success rates, and delays so far.

When a totally new system like Major League Baseball’s expanded instant replay—complete with brand-new job descriptions and job openings and technology—is assembled on the eve of the season, you’d imagine its implementation would look more like an evolution than the arrival of a fully formed process.

And by most accounts it has been. Whether it’s the change in the transfer rule that tangentially went along with it, or managers getting used to the silly choreography of how to argue with an umpire while simultaneously looking back at the dugout for a thumbs-up or a thumbs-down, everybody involved in the process seems to be getting better at it.

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Ben and Sam banter about the Dodgers and run differential and then discuss a surprising trend in managerial ejections thus far.

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected

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Sam Miller

Despite replay, ejections aren't down (or aren't down by much) this year.

I remember last summer, the day after Bob Melvin had been ejected in what would turn out to be an extra-innings loss to the Astros, Melvin talking to the media in the dugout. He was abashed to have been ejected from such a game. I wasn’t trying to get run, he stressed. As opposed to all the other ejections we see.

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An attempt to settle an age-old debate: What's more important for a manager to possess, people skills or tactical savvy?

There are two men in front of you who want to be your team’s manager. One of them is fully up to date on all the latest baseball research. He reads Baseball Prospectus religiously, and that’s not a metaphor. He actually has a shrine to Dan Brooks in his bedroom. (We have a support group that meets on Wednesdays, that’s how I know.) He’s fully on board with the analytical movement, dabbles in his own research, drops the phrase “run expectancy matrix” into sentences, and has pledged that he will make sure that the supercomputer is in the dugout with him every night. He’s also rather boring. Not a jerk, just…boring.

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Reading the faces of Lloyd McClendon, Rick Renteria, Matt Williams, Brad Ausmus, and Bryan Price.

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Lotta new faces in the game this year, and those new faces have faces. Look at their faces:



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What were all of those manager-ump arguments ABOUT? (Warning: strong language.)

Evan Brunell is a baseball writer and the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. You can read more about his lip-reading methods, follow him on Twitter @EvanBrunell, send him lipreading requests @sportslipreader, and find his other baseball writing at Fire Brand of the American League.

Last January, Ben Lindbergh asked Evan Brunell for his assistance in deciphering the previously almost unintelligible arguments conducted during baseball games by people who don’t even play. The result was this article on the best manager-umpire arguments of 2012. Evan followed up on that piece with a sequel at Deadspin on the best manager-ump arguments of the first half of last season, and now he ties a bow on 2013 with a roundup of the best verbal battles that took place after last All-Star break. With the advent of expanded instant replay, the future of manager-umpire arguments has never been less clear. But the manager-ump arguments of the past have never been clearer.

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What do expanded replay's early returns tell us about how well the expanded replay system will work this season?

I give it one year until there’s a fundamental change to Major League Baseball’s new replay system.

I’d give it even less time if we weren’t less than three weeks from baseball season. While MLB certainly isn’t opposed to going seat-of-the-pants on this, the league probably won’t want to make another major change so soon.

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January 29, 2014 6:04 am

Throw the Flag

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Dan Brooks and Russell A. Carleton

Could the manager challenge system sink expanded instant replay?

About that instant replay system that MLB put in place—we found a little problem with it. It started with us asking a pretty easy question. What is the best strategy for a manager to use in deciding when to throw “the flag” to challenge a call? We were sitting around talking about it, and the answer that we came up with is actually kinda scary: Managers should just throw that flag for any close play, the first time that they see one. When we say any close play, we mean just about anything that they have a smidgen of belief could be overturned by consulting a replay. And they shouldn’t fear throwing it even in the first inning, or throwing it to contest something that would give them only a trivial advantage.

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Ben and Sam talk to Dan Brooks about why the expanded replay review system should motivate managers to challenge early and often.

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Ben and Sam talk to Evaluating Baseball's Managers author Chris Jaffe about how to assess managers and what the latest managerial hirings mean.

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No prior major-league managerial jobs, no coaching experience, no problem.

Early in the World Series, my girlfriend wondered aloud why FOX was showing so many reaction shots of the same St. Louis player. “Which player?”, I asked. “That one,” she answered, the next time the broadcast cut to the dugout camera. She meant Mike Matheny.

It was an understandable mistake. Matheny can pass for a player because he’s not that far removed from being one. His playing days were done after 2006, his age-35 season, and he’d been retired officially for only five seasons when he was hired to take over for Tony La Russa. Given 25 years and approximately 20,000 packs of cigarettes, a fresh-faced manager like Matheny could come to look like Jim Leyland. (Okay, maybe not Leyland, who looked like this at Matheny’s age.) But that’s a long way away, and Matheny doesn’t smoke.

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