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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
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

05-19

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Pebble Hunting: How to Still Get Ejected
by
Sam Miller

05-13

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

04-17

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

03-20

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Understanding the Umpire-Manager Arguments of 2013
by
Evan Brunell

03-13

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

01-29

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Throw the Flag
by
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
by
Ben Lindbergh

10-24

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

10-09

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

10-07

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

08-14

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

03-18

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Baseball Therapy: You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated
by
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
by
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
by
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?
by
Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

11-28

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

11-20

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

11-19

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

11-09

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The BP Wayback Machine: Fresh Blood
by
Nate Silver

11-08

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

10-03

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Sobsequy: The Unbearable Blandness of Joe Girardi
by
Adam Sobsey

09-28

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Overthinking It: Mourning Manny Acta
by
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
by
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
by
Steven Goldman

10-31

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

02-09

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Purpose Pitches: A Dozen New Skippers
by
Christina Kahrl

11-17

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

08-16

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Prospectus Perspective: The Last of The Czars
by
Steven Goldman

07-28

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

04-23

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Prospectus Q&A: Tony Franklin
by
David Laurila

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What the questions posed to each manager before Game One reveal about the storylines surrounding each team.

Conceptually, if not always in actuality, the baseball manager’s pregame press conference is an incredible opportunity.

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Ben and Sam discuss the narratives that are dominating the discussion this October.

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The staff recounts moves made by postseason skippers that stand out for the right or wrong reasons.

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Ben and Sam talk about two managers in the news, then discuss a pair of prospects Ben saw in Arizona.

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Want to stick as a 21st-century skipper? Don't be like Baker.

Dusty Baker was fired on Friday, and few Twitter tears were shed. When a manager who’s perceived to be anti-analysis gets the axe, sabermetricians celebrate. It's about time, we think. All those bunts by position players, all those illogical lineups, all those refusals to bring in the closer with a tie game on the road. We said they didn’t make sense, and someone finally listened. Maybe Bob Castellini reads blogs! Ding-dong, the Dusty era is dead. We did it!

Well…no, probably not. Most managerial hirings and firings aren’t referendums on the industry’s acceptance of sabermetrics, or the result of what anyone on the internet says. Sure, Baker was known as one of the game’s most first- and second-guessable tactical managers, and sure, he’s now out of a job. Correlation, causation, etc. Maybe Baker was let go because the Reds felt his in-game decisions and reluctance to look at certain stats were costing them wins, but it’s not the only (or even the most likely) explanation.

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Ben and Sam answer listener emails about baseball with clockwise bases, whether in-game managerial moves help or hurt, who pays players who get released, and more.

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The meaning of several more managers' faces.

Hey look sharp, it's the second stage of Every Manager's Face. Here was the first part. And here is the second part:

Bob Melvin Face, Or: Bob Melvin? Face

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Like Mike Scioscia Face, but for managers not named Mike Scioscia.

On every major-league team, in every major-league dugout, you will find the same thing: A manager, with a face. This is important to remember if you ever find yourself filming a baseball game for a regional sports network, because the manager's face is the spine of your narrative. Every manager's face is different, but every manager's face is important, and every manager's face can be counted on to do some sort of Manager Face thingy when the manager's team screws up.

We now embark on a tour of the Manager's Faces in Major League Baseball today. The exact context of these faces isn't terribly important, but know that every face is motivated by chagrin, caused by either a team miscue (usually a bases-loaded walk, a fielding error, or bad baserunning), an umpire's call, or some sort of bad luck. We will start with our first set of 10. Others to follow at some point soon. 

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Ben and Sam talk about the circumstances under which they'd feel comfortable recommending that a manager be fired, then discuss different beliefs about hot streaks.



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March 18, 2013 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: You Gotta Keep 'Em Separated

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Russell A. Carleton

Does separating starters of the same type in the same rotation make sense?

It's the time of year when managers start thinking about games that will actually count. Positional battles are heating up, because decisions need to be made. Opening Day starters are being named. Variations in lineups are being considered, for facing righties, lefties, and Pat Venditte. Your favorite team has spent the spring trying to decide between two players, both of whom are relative unknowns. Due to the 50/50/90 rule (when you have a 50/50 chance of getting something right by chance, you will get it wrong 90 percent of the time), they will pick the wrong utility infielder and the other guy will become a decent starter for some other team.

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March 4, 2013 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Of Dogs, Men, and Stolen Bases

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Russell A. Carleton

Can managers be conditioned to change their in-game tactics?

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Remembering a man whose career may have spawned those of many subsequent skippers.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Jonathan Bernstein writes A Plain Blog About Politics and also writes about politics at the Washington Post and elsewhere. He misses, always, rec.sport.baseball.
 


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