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07-08

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The View from the Loge Level: Matt Williams Explains the Infield
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Daron Sutton

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 4/21
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Nick Bacarella, Morris Greenberg and Chris Mosch

11-05

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

08-24

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Painting the Black: Jerome Wasn't Built in a Day
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R.J. Anderson

07-01

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All-Star Selections
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Baseball Prospectus

06-09

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Future Shock: The Mock Draft
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Kevin Goldstein

07-06

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Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams
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John Perrotto

04-10

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Who Will Rid Me of This Pestilent McCovey?
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Brandon Isleib

04-05

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Transaction of the Day: Roster Review of the Centrals
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Christina Kahrl

09-13

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Transaction Analysis: September 5-11
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Christina Kahrl

05-30

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Transaction Analysis: May 25-29
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Christina Kahrl

05-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 12-14
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Christina Kahrl

04-26

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Transaction Analysis: April 21-25
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Christina Kahrl

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-26
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Christina Kahrl

09-01

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Transaction Analysis: August 26-31
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Christina Kahrl

06-24

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Transaction Analysis: June 14-22
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Christina Kahrl

06-16

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Transaction Analysis: May 24-June 12, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

05-26

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Transaction Analysis: May 10-24, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: May 4-9, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

05-09

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Transaction Analysis: April 26- May 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

04-25

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Pittsburgh Pirates @ Chicago Cubs, 4/24/05
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Jonah Keri

04-12

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Transaction Analysis: March 29-April 4, 2005
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Christina Kahrl

06-04

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 2, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

04-06

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Transaction Analysis: March 31-April 5, 2004
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Christina Kahrl

09-25

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Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21
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Christina Kahrl

08-27

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Transaction Analysis: August 19-24
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Christina Kahrl

07-25

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Transaction Analysis: July 7-20
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Christina Kahrl

07-09

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Transaction Analysis: July 3-8, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

06-07

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Transaction Analysis: May 27-June 5, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: March 25-April 6, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-22

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Transaction Analysis: March 17-19, 2003
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Christina Kahrl

03-21

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PECOTA Does Fantasy
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Nate Silver

01-23

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Breaking Balls: The Thrill is Gone
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Derek Zumsteg

11-18

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The Daily Prospectus: The Big Trade
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Dave Pease

11-08

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6-4-3: Starvation Through Force Feeding
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Gary Huckabay

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: June 25-July 14, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

07-12

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6-4-3: How to Easily Save $160 Million
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Gary Huckabay

03-27

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Transaction Analysis: March 19-25, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

03-18

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Transaction Analysis: March 6-13, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

11-09

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2001 Internet Baseball Awards Results
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Greg Spira

11-07

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Staff Ballots
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Baseball Prospectus

10-16

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Playoff Prospectus
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Christina Kahrl

08-16

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Transaction Analysis: August 13-14, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

07-19

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Transaction Analysis: July 13-16, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-17

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

04-03

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Transaction Analysis: March 23-31, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

03-24

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Transaction Analysis: March 14-22, 2000
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Christina Kahrl

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Tips and tricks for playing the infield, courtesy of the Nats skipper and former five-time All-Star.

This past holiday weekend, one would assume, was filled with barbeque, beer, baseball and fireworks. As family and friends gathered, the talk was about life, love, loot, and the Jeff Samardzija deal. Some families with baseball kids spoke of summer as a time of rest, while others shared tales of travel ball, tournaments, and Perfect Game. Meanwhile, Matt Williams concerned himself with his current foe, the Braves, and juggling his now deeper roster. So instead of cornering the Nats’ skipper on subjects of the day-to-day, let’s place the four-time Gold Glove winner in the middle of the Independence Day weekend family gathering and allow him to do some youth coaching, specifically infield instruction. The man who played nearly 16,000 innings on the infield in the big leagues shared with me some of the basics for those youngsters who dream of doing the very same thing.

First up is glove talk. How does one know what to select? What if my player might play both outfield and infield?

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Tyson Ross baffles the Giants, the benches clear at PNC Park, plus other recaps from the weekend and previews of today's action.

In the past, Tyson Ross has been viewed as a player with the raw talent to be a successful big-league pitcher, but one unable to put his skills toward sustainable success at the big-league level.

However, after an excellent outing on Friday against the Giants, Ross looks like a very good big-league pitcher. He completed eight innings with nine strikeouts, four hits, one walk, and no runs. This comes directly after another strong showing against the Tigers, in which he threw seven innings with seven strikeouts, six hits, one walk, and one run. Obviously, a two-game sample does not define the greatness of a big-league pitcher, but it is certainly a promising start. On the season, he owns a 2.13 ERA, a 2.95 FIP, and 25 strikeouts. Considering that he had a very solid second half of last season as well (2.93 ERA, 85 K in 80 IP), he may be hitting his stride.


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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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August 24, 2011 5:00 am

Painting the Black: Jerome Wasn't Built in a Day

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R.J. Anderson

Jerome Williams is struggling to shed a "bust" label in his return to the bigs, but what do his past pedigree and subsequent struggles tell us about the nature of pitcher prospect rankings?

When you break it down to the base level, Jerome Williams’ story isn’t unusual. “Former top prospect attempting to return to his peak” is a tried-and-true story that teeters from precocity to failure to redemptive triumph in heart-warming fashion. Maybe that’s why the first step in Williams’ return to a major-league rotation felt scripted and even a little predictable—as if the baseball gods conspired to have him face the less-than-full strength Orioles, whose six-through-nine slots went Andino-Pie-Tatum-Davis. Williams succeeded, of course, going seven innings, striking out six batters, walking none, and allowing just one run (that coming on a Matt Wieters homer).

Prior to that outing, Williams’ most recent major-league start had come in May 2007 with the Nationals. He faced the Braves, who batted Kelly Johnson, Willie Harris, Edgar Renteria, Andruw Jones one-through-four, then Jeff Francoeur, Scott Thorman, and Pete Orr six-through-eight, and left after two innings after allowing five runs. Micah Bowie, Winston Abreu, Ray King, and Chad Cordero appeared in relief for Williams on that day. If the date and those names don’t give you an indication of how long it’s been since Williams last started, consider that Derek Jeter had 2,204 hits, Jim Thome had 477 home runs, and Tim Wakefield had 155 wins. 

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With All-Star selection around the corner, the BP staff fills out their ballots for who deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic.

It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

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June 9, 2009 12:40 pm

Future Shock: The Mock Draft

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Kevin Goldstein

One expert's educated guesstimate on how things will go down later today.

This one could be a mess folks, and it's all about bonus demands at this point. Right now, you have as many as four high school pitchers-Jacob Turner, Tyler Matzek, Matt Purke, and Shelby Miller-looking for big, big money, with the first three all telling teams they're looking for Rick Porcello-level deals (or more). This has the potential to blow the first round wide open, and turn it into into a very college-oriented first 30 picks, with numerous top talents falling to later picks than initially expected. One team picking in the top ten I spoke to this morning said he still had very little idea of who was going to be picked ahead of his club's choice.

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July 6, 2008 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday: One Man's Teams

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John Perrotto

Picking all 64 All-Stars, plus news and notes from around the major leagues.

The All-Star Game is still nine days away, but this year's event is already on the verge of becoming the most-hyped Midsummer Classic ever. The game will be played at Yankee Stadium in the Yankees' last season in the venerable Bronx ballpark. Major League Baseball and the Yankees plan to boost the event's memorability factor by bringing in more than three dozen Hall of Famers for a dizzying array of events and ceremonies.

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Everything you ever wanted to know about the lost art of pinch running, past, present, and future.

With the help of Mat Kovach and Retrosheet, pinch running statistics in the last 50 years have now been compiled, along with leaderboards for seasons, lifetime, and most times removed, along with team and manager statistics. (E-mail me if you want this.) In compiling all this information, a few things jump out from the statistics, and so here are the highlights of pinch running statistics.

Motorin': The Best of the Best

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April 5, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: Roster Review of the Centrals

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Christina Kahrl

Christina continues her analysis of the Opening Day 25-man rosters, and the decisions that led to their composition, by running down the Central Division teams.

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The Tigers are in panic mode starting........now.

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May 30, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 25-29

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Christina Kahrl

Jered Weaver and Matt Kemp make their debuts, Ian Kinsler returns from the DL, and medicore pitchers get swapped around like mad.

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May 16, 2006 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: May 12-14

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Christina Kahrl

The Orioles sort through their corner players, the Mets scrape the bottom of the barrel in May, and the Curse of DePodesta claims another victim.

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