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January 3, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: Class of 2011: Don't Stop The Rock

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Jay Jaffe

One left fielder on this year's Hall of Fame ballot clearly deserves induction.

Among the 19 holdovers on the Baseball Writers Association of America's 2011 Hall of Fame ballot, no player clears the JAWS standard at his position by a higher margin than Tim Raines—not Bert Blyleven, not Barry Larkin, and not Roberto Alomar, all of whom the system shows as being more than worthy of election. During his 23-year major league career, Raines combined the virtues of a keen batting eye, dazzling speed and all-around athleticism with a cerebral approach that made him an electrifying performer and a dangerous offensive weapon.

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June 16, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005

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Christina Kahrl

The Cubs shuffle through pitching options, the Brewers have one of the most interesting rosters in the game, and the Dodgers fight through injuries as they try to stay in the race. This and much more in Transaction Analysis.

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The Dodgers and Giants start bringing in some reinforcements, while the Twins work to keep what they already have.

'04 VORP Age Contract J.D. Drew 78.7 29 5 yr/$55 Derek Lowe -11.5 32 4 yr/$36 Eric Gagne 28.4 29 2 yr/$19 Cesar Izturis 29.7 25 3 yr/$9.9 Odalis Perez 49.7 28 3 yr/$24 Like the moves of other sabermetrically-inclined GMs (Billy Beane, Theo Epstein, J.P. Ricciardi), DePodesta's decisions have been scrutinized more than most, with traditional media, casual fans and even statheads ridiculing, scratching their heads, or just plain struggling to keep up. A quick look at some of these signings:

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April 19, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Wasting Away in Rochester

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Joe Sheehan

Why the hell is Justin Morneau in the minors? Morneau, the 22-year-old hitting machine from British Columbia, nearly made the Twins in spring training, losing out because Ron Gardenhire and Terry Ryan didn't think they could give him enough playing time in the majors. Since then, three of the Twins' Opening Day starters have made their way to the disabled list, including Matt LeCroy, who nominally beat out Morneau for the DH job. When Joe Mauer injured his knee in the second game of the season, I figured that would create the opening for the Twins to recall and play Morneau. LeCroy could take over behind the plate, and Morneau could get the majority of the DH at-bats until Mauer returned. When LeCroy himself was hurt the next day, the move seemed even more logical. Now the Twins needed a bat in a big way, and Morneau would have no competition in the DH role for at least two weeks. The Twins instead went to 12 pitchers and no Morneau. Torii Hunter's strained right hamstring didn't help him, either; the Twins instead recalled Lew Ford, a decision that actually made sense under the circumstances.

Morneau, the 22-year-old hitting machine from British Columbia, nearly made the Twins in spring training, losing out because Ron Gardenhire and Terry Ryan didn't think they could give him enough playing time in the majors. Since then, three of the Twins' Opening Day starters have made their way to the disabled list, including Matt LeCroy, who nominally beat out Morneau for the DH job.

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March 12, 2004 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: San Francisco Giants

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Will Carroll

Every March, there's some college basketball team that climbs on the back of some player and makes a run deep into the tournament. It happens nearly every year and probably always has, but it's burned into my memory with the Kansas Jayhawks' championship run behind Danny Manning. Now known as "Danny and the Miracles," Manning simply carried an inferior team to the top. Baseball has similar runs from time to time--Orel Hershiser's amazing run through the 1988 season comes to mind. But as the Giants essay in BP04 shows, General Manager Brian Sabean and Assistant General Manager Ned Colletti are expecting more from Barry Bonds, even as he becomes less likely to be able to deliver. Bonds' homers may defy gravity, but there's a point where his body will no longer be able to defy age.

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The Expos have cooled after their blazing hot start; the Giants have had their share of Good, Bad, and Ugly; and the Blue Jays pitching leaves something to be desired. All this and much more news from Montreal, San Francisco, and Toronto in your Friday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • First-Half Review: The Expos started the 2003 season with a bang, surging to a franchise-record 32-18 start, capped by two straight dramatic victories over NL East rival Philadelphia in front of sizeable, lively crowds.
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    February 5, 2003 2:19 pm

    Transaction Analysis: Transaction Analysis, The Wests

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    Christina Kahrl

    Re-signed INF-R Benji Gil and DH-L Brad Fullmer to one-year contracts. Signed OF-R Eric Owens to a one-year contract, and LHP Rich Rodriguez, 2B-R Adam Riggs, and UT-R Oscar Salazar to minor league contracts. Avoided arbitration with 2B-L Adam Kennedy, INF-B Scott Spiezio, and LHPs Jarrod Washburn and Scott Schoeneweis. Claimed C-R Wil Nieves off of waivers (from the Padres).

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    "I really have no timetable. The good Lord has blessed me with the health. I'm not going to give it up if I can still perform, compete and enjoy the game." --Rickey Henderson, Red Sox outfielder, asked how much longer he'd go

    SOMEONE PLEASE HIRE RICKEY FOR NEXT SEASON

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    September 11, 2002 9:29 am

    The Daily Prospectus: The Focus

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    Gary Huckabay

    A year ago, a horrible atrocity occurred which will never be forgotten. We at Prospectus Entertainment wish to extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who were lost on September 11, 2001. Our thoughts and encouragement go out to those people still gamely working their butts off to get better, and our gratitude goes to all who have given so generously of themselves to help others during this very difficult year. With due respect, let's get down to baseball... This is a strange time for me personally. I find myself rooting for the Giants. This is a similar feeling, I suspect, to finding yourself cheering for influenza, spoiled shellfish, or for a victor in the California Gubernatorial Race.

    A year ago, a horrible atrocity occurred which will never be forgotten. We at Prospectus Entertainment wish to extend our condolences to the families and friends of those who were lost on September 11, 2001. Our thoughts and encouragement go out to those people still gamely working their butts off to get better, and our gratitude goes to all who have given so generously of themselves to help others during this very difficult year.

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    Baseball Weekly recently ran a Bob Nightengale column that focused on some of Scott Boras's ideas for improving competitive balance. Buried at the end of the article was an interesting quote from a major-league general manager that cited the most oft-repeated mantra of the small-marketeers.

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    October 11, 2000 12:00 am

    Catching the Damn Ball

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    Gary Huckabay

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