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The third time I got caught stealing classified documents out of the National Archives, the judge said enough was enough. He and the prosecutor hatched up a plan to send me away to prison for 20 years so I’d learn my lesson. But there were plenty of things I’d stolen that the authorities didn’t know about (money things), so I used some of that loot and hired myself the best counsel in the city. He found a loophole in the law and convinced the judge that first he had to give me another option: I could learn my lesson by teaching young toughs about important life skills, in a structured and competitive environment. The judge looked through his binder full of ragamuffin teams in need and asked, "What about baseball? Can you coach baseball?” I nodded, because of how much codeine I had had that morning, and he interpreted my head movement as assent. That’s how I became the coach of the 12U GoldenTee baseball squad, and that’s how I found myself living a storybook season that ended with … well, we’re getting ahead of ourselves now.

“Pitching and defense wins” is what I knew about baseball, and I found out quickly that the boys (and girl) on the GoldenTees didn’t know squat about pitching. Lot of throwers on that team. Big kids, some mustaches and learner’s permits, and real strong arms; my glove hand was blue by the end of practice just warming up with them. It didn’t surprise me to learn that they had won the championship the previous season, and that most of the league was afraid to hit against them. But they weren’t doing it the right way, and I could tell them a thing or two about where life takes you when you don’t do it the right way. It takes you to a battered ballfield with a bunch of kids you don't even know, when you could be home sucking whippets and watching DVDs of Monk season four.

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April 24, 2012 8:00 am

Overthinking It: The No-Hitters That Almost Weren't

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Ben Lindbergh

Philip Humber's perfect game ended with a controversial call, but close plays to preserve no-hitters are the norm, not the exception.

Since the start of the 2009 season, 12 nine-inning no-hitters have been pitched. Over the same span, 24 nine-inning one-hitters have been pitched. The former will be remembered. The latter will not, except by Anibal Sanchez, who threw three of them. (Don’t feel too bad for Anibal Sanchez, since he already had a no-hitter. Anibal Sanchez: pretty good at pitching.)

The difference between a no-hitter and a one-hitter is—wait for it—one hit. But it’s too simple to say that, really. A hit can be a long home run or a hard line drive that lands somewhere on the field. It can also be an infield dribbler, a well-placed pop-up, or a routine fly that would have been caught by literally anyone but Raul Ibanez. This is a hit:

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Umpires shouldn't settle for "close enough" when it comes to perfection.

The Weekend Takeaway
Did he go? That was the question percolating through every baseball fan’s mind after the White Sox’ Philip Humber threw the 21st perfect game in major-league history against the Mariners on Saturday afternoon.

Brendan Ryan, who pinch-hit for Munenori Kawasaki, worked the count full, fouled off Humber’s first payoff pitch, and then either swung or did not swing at a slider that broke well off the plate outside. But did he go?


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Did Brendan Ryan swing at Philip Humber's final pitch?

Fox never showed a different angle of Brendan Ryan's final swing/checked swing, the swing/checked swing that completed Philip Humber's perfect game. This YouTube video purports to show the final pitch from the first-base side. 

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Four years after the Twins and Mets pulled off a blockbuster, almost no one involved is still standing.

Believe it or not, 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.

Aaron Gleeman writes for HardballTalk at NBCSports.com, serves as senior editor at Rotoworld, and blogs about the Twins and Mila Kunis at AaronGleeman.com. He once saw Jay Jaffe's mustache in person and it changed his life.

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September 22, 2011 9:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 9/22/11

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Mike Petriello

With one week left in the season, VP switches up the format to examine the best remaining two-start pitchers.

Since this is the final Value Picks article of the season, we’ll need to switch up the format just a bit. Rather than continuing with the list from last week, what’s more important than anything for those of you with exceptionally long playoff rounds is choosing from the small pool of starting pitchers who are still lined up to get  one (or sometimes two) more shots on the mound over the six remaining days of the season.

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April 29, 2011 9:17 am

Don't Believe the Hype: Barney and Friends

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Marc Normandin

Marc isn't buying everything the waiver wire is selling, but there are a few potential gems here worth unearthing.

Ryan Madson, Philadelphia Phillies (67 percent owned, +47 percent)
Madson, in the eyes of many including our own Mike Petriello, was the closer of choice in Philadelphia back before the season began, but it seems as if the Phillies have done everything in their power short of giving Danys Baez the job in order to keep it from Madson. Now that Jose Contreras is down with his own injury, Madson finally has the gig thanks to the fine quality of being the last man standing.

Madson has struck out 9.9 batters per nine with a 4.1 K/BB ratio since 2009 (140 1/3 innings pitched), has a 2.95 Run Average in that stretch, and has even finished 52 games without the world ending, so instead of asking yourself if you should acquire him until Lidge comes back, you should be asking why Charlie Manuel waited this long to give him the gig in the first place. Based on the way he uses relievers—did I mention Danys Baez is involved?—it's probably not because he prefers Madson in a relief ace role.


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January 19, 2011 12:00 pm

Transaction Analysis: Arbitration Avoidance

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Christina Kahrl

The predictable Prince-ly sum, Galarraga's gambit, the Royals' reward, and other odds and ends as teams and arb-eligibles settle up.

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December 20, 2010 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Greinke Trade

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Christina Kahrl

The Brewers land an ace, but how much of a future did they give up to get him?

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September 17, 2008 12:54 pm

Prospectus Preview: Wednesday's Games to Watch

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Caleb Peiffer

Playoff contenders are looking to some September call-ups to keep them in the hunt.

Today's Full Slate of Games

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March 11, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: The Tuesday Morning Monday Morning Ten Pack

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Kevin Goldstein

Springing ahead with a Monday staple.

Yonder Alonso, 1B, University of Miami

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Catching up on the moves and roster mayhem as we count down to pitchers and catchers.

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