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A look at the final contenders in the mix to buy the Dodgers and the chances of each succeeding

That which does not kill us makes us stronger. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Who knows how many fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers prescribe to Nietzsche’s well-worn quote, but it’s a fervent prayer for baseball and certainly for many who are watching the bankruptcy sale of the club. The Dodgers are more than just some random club; they are a cornerstone of the league’s history.

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Owners are in the news for all the wrong reasons, and just when the CBA re-enters the picture.

What time of year is it? Wait, is it CBA season already? Maybe so, because when pitchers and catchers report to camps in Arizona and Florida, we're already coming down to short time for the current agreement between 30 mega-wealthy operators and the MLBPA.

Yet, how can we tell that 'tis the season, when the snows are still piling up, yet we have no war of words to heat things up? In today's day and age, we're not getting the brinksmanship to which we had become accustomed as a run-up to full-fledged labor wars. Instead, we get polite quips about ongoing process.

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January 27, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Mike Pagliarulo

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David Laurila

Former big leaguer Mike Pagliarulo shares some ideas about consulting and information within MLB.

Mike Pagliarulo hit 32 home runs for the Yankees in 1987, and was a key contributor to the World Series champion Twins in 1991, but his impact on the game has arguably been greater since retiring. Successful, and sometimes controversial, "Pags" has been at the forefront of scouting Japanese baseball for the past 10 years, both advising and correctly predicting results on both sides of the Pacific Ocean. A third baseman during his playing days, Pagliarulo hit .241 with 134 home runs over 11 big league seasons with five teams.

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September 13, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: New Life on Different Fields

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Nate Silver

Analysis is dead? Not in every sector of the baseball industry.

This piece was originally intended as a response to Gary Huckabay's column of last week, the idea being to contradict his assertion that baseball analysis is dead by counting down 10 points of decision that at least a significant minority of baseball franchises get wrong. But after reading through my article-I generally write my introductions last-as well as re-reading Gary's piece, I am not so sure it is orthogonal to it at all. I agree with Gary that there is relatively little to be gained from what he describes as "the rigorous review of player performance data." Relatively little does not mean "nothing," however, and I have isolated some of the exceptions below. Most of the items on my list, however, have to do with questions that run outside the scope of the GM or the field manager. They have more to do with the guy sitting in the owner's box, and those places on a baseball team's org chart where the names stop becoming familiar.

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January 29, 2007 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Q&A with Branch Rickey III

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Maury Brown

Running the Pacific Coast League is how this third-generation baseball man continues the family tradition of service to the game.

The name "Rickey" evokes a strong place in baseball history with Branch Rickey Jr.'s signing of Jackie Robinson to break the color barrier, as well as the same man's introduction and development of the farm system.

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June 12, 2006 12:00 am

The Ledger Domain: Stan Kasten Interview

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Maury Brown

Maury sits down with the President of the Washington Nationals to talk about their new ballpark, organizational philosophy, and rebuilding the team from the ground up.

At the beginning of May, I interviewed Kasten just two days after the club was awarded to the ownership group headed by developer Ted Lerner. That interview, for Business of Baseball, covered how Kasten's relationship in the past with the Lerners made for an easy transition into the group, whether the formation of the Red Sox ownership group in 2002 had any bearing on the Nationals' ownership creation (Selig moving individuals from the groups around to get a "super group"), and what Kasten learned in the development of Turner Field that can be applied to the new Nationals stadium.

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Baseball ownership groups have for too long resembled Dark Age European royalty--closely related and weak. Hand-picked for convenience and agreeability rather than on any objective basis, they've given us undercapitalized owners like Steve Schott, lapdog owners like Jeff Loria, evil owners like Carl Pohlad.

Baseball ownership groups have for too long resembled Dark Age European royalty--closely related and weak. Hand-picked for convenience and agreeability rather than on any objective basis, they've given us undercapitalized owners like Steve Schott, lapdog owners like Jeff Loria, evil owners like Carl Pohlad.

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