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Prospectus Q&A: Manny Acta
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Carlos J. Lugo

09-30

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Thanks for the Memories
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Jonah Keri

07-06

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners
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05-07

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Prospectus Triple Play: Cleveland Indians, Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners
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04-02

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Prospectus Triple Play: Anaheim Angels, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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02-20

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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01-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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11-13

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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09-26

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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09-12

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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08-29

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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07-18

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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07-07

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Prospectus Triple Play: Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos, Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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06-20

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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06-06

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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05-23

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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05-09

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Prospectus Triple Play: Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Toronto Blue Jays
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09-04

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The Daily Prospectus: Back From a Long Weekend
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Gary Huckabay

07-29

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Transaction Analysis: July 26-27, 2002
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Christina Kahrl

07-19

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

03-30

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National League Predictions
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04-16

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Projected 1999 National League Standings
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Projected 1998 National League Standings
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April 11, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Manny Acta

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Carlos J. Lugo

Current Mets third base coach Manny Acta seemingly came out of nowhere to be a finalist for Arizona's managerial vacancy. Carlos Lugo sat down with this successful Dominican League manager to learn a bit about his managerial philosophy, his background, and his experience in the Expos organization.

Acta managed for three years in the Dominican Winter League: in his first year he made the playoffs managing the Estrellas, and he spent the last two seasons at the helm of the nation's most popular and successful team, the Licey Tigers. Acta won the League's championship and Caribbean World Series in his first year with the Tigers, and lost a seven game Final Series against the Cibao Eagles this past January.

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September 30, 2004 12:00 am

Thanks for the Memories

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Jonah Keri

Overwhelmed by the groundswell of warm, reminiscing letters from Expos fans, Jonah Keri shares the best reader recollections, plus two more of his own.

There was one major benefit from all of it, though: The avalanche of e-mails I received, from BP readers, old friends, family, everyone who felt the pain of losing the Expos as much as I did. There were even well-wishers with no attachment to the Expos writing in with encouraging words. The letters I received made me smile, even laugh. For that, I offer my sincere thanks.

In fact, I'm going to go one better. After reading my Expos flashbacks, a slew of readers chimed in with recollections of their own, games, moments and players that left indelible marks, some from 20, 30 years ago. With their permission, I'm going to run those reminiscences here, for other readers to enjoy.

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Indians' GM Mark Shapiro likes picking up Colorado retreads, for whatever reason. The Expos have a number of hitters--including Orlando Cabrera--who could fetch some value on the trade market. And the Mariners, following their excellent pick-up of Jeremy Reed and Miguel Olivo for Freddy Garcia, seem unwilling to part with other usable parts like Jamie Moyer. All this and much more news from Cleveland, Montreal, and Seattle in your Tuesday edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • All-Stars: Cleveland will send four of their Indians (possibly Travis Hafner as well) to the All-Star game. What's surprising, however, is not the selection themselves--because, as you can see, each appears deserving, if you're a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately type of voter.
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    Positive Signs: The Indians started off this season almost as badly as their mates here, but then knocked off four straight against Baltimore and Boston before a Wednesday loss. Pleasant surprises have included the performance of lefty Cliff Lee who has gone five games, though not very deep into them--only 28.1 innings--hasn't allowed a home run yet, and in his last three games struck out 17 in 18.1 innings. Lee is a 6'3" guy with a rare repertoire for a pitcher of his size. He gets batters out with movement and his wicked slider more than sheer speed, and his success is a testament to the Indians' ability to look at what their prospects can do, rather than fixate on trying to get the big guy to throw 97 and close. Lee was part of the deal with the Expos that brought in Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and (cough) Lee Stevens in exchange for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew. Meanwhile, catcher Victor Martinez is creaming the ball: .286/.364/.519 (through Wednesday) and looking like the stellar catching prospect that we saw in him back in the day. Like Lee, Martinez is just 25 and part of the Indians youth movement that could build the next contender. Martinez also got some national attention when he hit a two-run home run in the first inning off of Curt Schilling on Monday that stood up in a 2-1 win. These two are backed up by Travis Hafner, who's mashing at a .313/.417/.550 rate (through Wednesday).

  • Positive Signs: The Indians started off this season almost as badly as their mates here, but then knocked off four straight against Baltimore and Boston before a Wednesday loss. Pleasant surprises have included the performance of lefty Cliff Lee who has gone five games, though not very deep into them--only 28.1 innings--hasn't allowed a home run yet, and in his last three games struck out 17 in 18.1 innings. Lee is a 6'3" guy with a rare repertoire for a pitcher of his size. He gets batters out with movement and his wicked slider more than sheer speed, and his success is a testament to the Indians' ability to look at what their prospects can do, rather than fixate on trying to get the big guy to throw 97 and close. Lee was part of the deal with the Expos that brought in Grady Sizemore, Brandon Phillips and (cough) Lee Stevens in exchange for Bartolo Colon and Tim Drew.
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    The Angels spent lots of money on their rotation this offseason, but was it worth it? Kerry Wood is having a fantastic spring, with improved control. The Tigers have spent the past few weeks upgrading their bullpen in a search for 65 wins. A number of Expos are taking trips to ''club med.'' The Giants have failed to upgrade their offense, while the Dodgers have made small strides. And the Blue Jays traded Jayson Werth, but perhaps for good reason.

  • But they spent so much money (Part II)... Last time, we looked how Arte Moreno's money isn't going to buy a whole lot of runs. Apparently, Moreno's money won't save a lot of runs either. The Angels spent $66.75 millio to sign Bartolo Colon and Kelvim Escobar, who are projected to post EQERAs in the 4.00s and be worth just a few wins above replacement, apiece. The Halos' starting staff needs to beat PECOTA's projection if the club is to be playoff bound.
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    How do the Expos look without Vlad the Impaler? With few meaningful offseason additions, do the Giants still have what it takes for the playoffs? Is there any hope for the Blue Jays while they're stuck in the division from Hades? All this and more from Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal in your Friday Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Ripped off!: It's how a lot of Expos fans feel in the wake of an off-season marked by Vladimir Guerrero's departure. Guerrero fled La Belle Province for Anaheim, signing a five-year $70-million dollar deal with the Angels and leaving a black hole in the heart of the Expos batting order.
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    January 12, 2004 12:00 am

    Transaction Analysis: The Easts

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    After a long hiatus, Transaction Analysis returns with a look at the moves in two of the most active divisions in the majors this off-season.

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    The Expos and Giants have some creative payroll massaging to do if they're to field contenders while cutting payroll. Plus the Blue Jays keep a close eye on their prospects at the Arizona Fall League. These and other news and notes out of Montreal, San Francisco, and Toronto in this edition of Prospectus Triple Play.

  • And Now, YOUR 2004 Montreal...uh, San Juan, uh Monterrey...Expos!: Of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball, none face as much uncertainty as the two clubs at opposite ends of well, pretty much every spectrum--the Yankees and the Expos. With far more money to spend than any other team and an owner looking to clean house at the slightest sign of weakness, the Yankees are expected to completely revamp their roster this off-season. The Expos' roster is equally full of uncertainty, though for very different reasons:
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    Livan takes home the WTF?! for the Expos. Jeffrey Hammonds has been a great deal for the Giants. Carlos Delgado can hit a little. Year-end reviews and looks ahead for Toronto, San Francisco, and Montreal in Friday's Triple Play.

  • Handing out the Hardware: In this the final 2003 regular-season edition of Expos Triple Play, we felt it appropriate to recognize several outstanding Expo achievements in the field of...excellence. So grab a Fin du Monde--yes, you read that right, 9% alcohol by volume...Fin du Monde means "end of the world" in French, to give you an idea--and let's do this thing:
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    How many different places will the Expos call home next season? Jose Cruz Jr.--he's not quite Roberto Clemente yet. The Jays have decisions to make on some single-season temps. All this and more from Montreal, San Francisco, and Toronto in Friday's Triple Play.

  • Same Old, Same Old: Major League Baseball continues to drag its feet and spit on whatever shred of integrity it may have left by dragging out the Expos situation. Nutshell: The players want to play 81 games in one city next year, preferably Montreal. MLB wants a split schedule as a way to maximize team revenue; by playing a slate of games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monterrey, Mexico, or wherever else they can find local businessmen who'll make guarantees, Bud Selig and company have ensured that the legacy of short-sighted decisions shaped by grubbing for a few million dollars at a time will live on.
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    The Expos have come back from the dead to land in a tie for the NL Wild Card race. The Giants keep having trouble with right-handed pitching. The Blue Jays' Roy Halladay's in the mix for the AL Cy Young Award. These and other news and notes in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Odds, Shmodds: When last we left the Expos, the team stood at 61-60, seemingly on the verge of exiting the Wild Card race. They trailed the Phillies by 5.5 games, and looked up at seven teams in the Wild Card race, including the NL Central leader.
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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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