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08-20

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Baseball Therapy: Are Closers Worse When They're Surprised?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-20

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Bizball: Inside the 2012 Salary Arbitration Class
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Maury Brown

01-18

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Arbitration Process
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Thomas Gorman

11-02

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Transaction Analysis: Quade-ing Through the Wreckage
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R.J. Anderson

10-03

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On the Beat: The Next Managers
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John Perrotto

07-29

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Cito Culver, Angelo Gumbs, and the Burden of Being a Tourist
by
Jason Parks

07-20

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Value Picks: Outfield for 7/20/11
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Rob McQuown

04-26

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Transaction Analysis: Return of the Busted Prospects
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Ben Lindbergh

04-01

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Fantasy Beat: Three Tips for Surviving April
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Jason Collette

03-08

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Fantasy Beat: The Art of Auction
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Jason Collette

02-10

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Purpose Pitches: Farrell, Mattingly, and Roenicke
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Christina Kahrl

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: NL Central Roundup
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Christina Kahrl

12-31

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On the Beat: A Bird of a New Feather
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John Perrotto

11-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Jerry Howarth, Part I
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David Laurila

09-01

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Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Outfield
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Rob McQuown

08-31

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Prospectus Q&A: Closer Persona: Chris Perez and Brian Wilson
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David Laurila

08-03

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28

Under The Knife: On Will's Mind
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Will Carroll

08-03

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Prospectus Q&A: Matt Williams
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David Laurila

06-15

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Future Shock: Draft Wrap: NL Central
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Kevin Goldstein

05-27

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Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir
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David Laurila

05-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Eric Nadel
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David Laurila

10-07

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On the Beat: Post-season Notes
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John Perrotto

09-20

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Prospectus Q&A: Paul Konerko
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David Laurila

08-23

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On the Beat: Weekend Wrapup
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John Perrotto

07-26

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Prospectus Q&A: John Russell
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David Laurila

05-17

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Prospectus Q&A: Jim Palmer
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David Laurila

04-21

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Prospectus Q&A: James Shields
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David Laurila

01-02

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Prospectus Q&A: All the Lettuce
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David Laurila

11-06

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Prospectus Audio Q&A: Bob Costas
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Will Carroll

10-26

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Player Profile: Andy Sonnanstine
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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

10-26

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Prospectus Q&A: Gene Tenace
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David Laurila

08-20

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On the Beat: Reversals of Fortune
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John Perrotto

06-08

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Prospectus Q&A: Travis Snider
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David Laurila

06-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Marvin Miller
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Jay Jaffe

06-01

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Prospectus Q&A: Mike Lowell
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David Laurila

10-22

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You Could Look It Up: Joe Torre in a Box
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Steven Goldman

09-20

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Best Player in Baseball, Part One
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Nate Silver

09-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Dave Trembley
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David Laurila

05-16

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Under The Knife: The Right Questions
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Will Carroll

04-08

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Prospectus Q&A: David McCarty
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David Laurila

02-05

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The Week in Quotes: January 29-February 5
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Alex Carnevale

03-02

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Prospectus Q&A: Lee MacPhail IV
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Jonah Keri

11-09

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Prospectus Notebook: Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Cubs
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Baseball Prospectus

05-16

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Prospectus Q&A: John Schuerholz
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Jonah Keri

05-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Mark Johnson
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Thomas Gorman

04-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Manny Acta
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Carlos J. Lugo

04-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Juan Marichal
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Carlos J. Lugo

01-31

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The Arbitration Process
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Thomas Gorman

09-24

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Prospectus Q&A: Tom House, Part II
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Jonah Keri

07-14

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Prospectus Q&A: Terry Ryan, Part II
by
Jonah Keri

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December 31, 2010 9:00 am

On the Beat: A Bird of a New Feather

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John Perrotto

Ex-pitcher John Farrell looks forward to his first season as the Blue Jays' manager, along with other news and notes from around the major leagues.

John Farrell stands as a rare bird in baseball, and it goes beyond the fact that he will be in his first year of managing the Blue Jays next season. Farrell is just the second active manager who spent his playing career a pitcher; he joins the Padres' Bud Black, the 2010 National League Manager of the Year. It is only fitting because Farrell's career path to reach this point has been anything but conventional.

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The voice of the Blue Jays discusses getting into broadcasting and baseball in Toronto.

If you’re a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jerry Howarth needs no introduction. The 64-year-old has been the radio voice of the Blue Jays for three decades—24 of those years paired with the late Tom Cheek—and few broadcasters in the game are more popular, or as respected. A graduate of the University of Santa Clara, Howarth grew up in San Francisco and is now a Canadian citizen and a resident of Toronto.

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September 1, 2010 10:03 am

Fantasy Beat: Hot Spots: Outfield

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Rob McQuown

Rob McQuown adds three outfielders to the Value Picks list for September.

September Scramble: Mike Petriello accurately assessed that Desmond Jennings is unlikely to get playing time. But he's being added as a Value Pick anyway. Why? Loving the obvious answer here, he stole 37 bases in 458 plate appearances in AAA (with just 4 times caught). Combining all his minor-league time, Jennings has pilfered 171 bags in 1831 PA.

Combine Jennings' tremendous speed with the facts that Sean Rodriguez is hitting .257/.309/.405, right fielder Ben Zobrist has started four of his past 6 games at second base, incumbent center fielder B.J. Upton is hitting just .234/.321/.413, Dan Johnson is hitting under .200, Matt Joyce is hitting .222, and it's unclear what Brad Hawpe will do in the AL. Well, what the Rays have is a team that could find a use for a good offensive player... enter Desmond Jennings. Jennings is a great defensive center fielder, but the team has played him in the side fields in preparation of exactly this moment. His rate stats don't wow, with a mediocre Davenport Translation (DT) of .240/.313/.330 (.238 TAv). But with the abundance of lefty bats, he should start the majority of the games against left-handed starting pitchers. He should also get a lot of opportunities to pinch-run and/or play defense for some of the slower guys. The bottom line, however, is that whether or not he performs well at the plate, he's very very fast, and Joe Maddon likes to have his players steal bases. Few freely available players have the potential to impact a category in September the way Jennings does.

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August 31, 2010 8:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Closer Persona: Chris Perez and Brian Wilson

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David Laurila

The closers of the Indians and Giants talk about what it takes to handle such a high-pressure role.

Chris Perez and Brian Wilson are closers, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that they are both a little… different? Each is definitely unique, but given the proliferation of oddballs that have thrived in the role—from Al Hrabosky and Rod Beck to Mitch Williams and John Rocker—they somehow fit right in.  

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August 3, 2010 10:45 am

Under The Knife: On Will's Mind

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Will Carroll

Some of the things Baseball Prospectus' resident injury expert ponders on a daily basis.

In the last 24 hours, I've had three men I really respect discuss three topics with me. One asked about pain and baseball. Another asked about the dangers of wall vs. player collisions. The last one asked about the cost of injuries. This is a bit of a change of pace for UTK, but it's all related, so I wanted to share the type of things I think about on a day-to-day basis.

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The Diamondbacks' first-base coach and former Gold Glove third baseman discusses the intracies of fielding the hot corner.

Matt Williams hit 378 home runs and won four Silver Slugger awards, but the former Giants, Indians, and Diamondbacks third baseman is most proud of his Gold Gloves. A stalwart at the hot corner for 17 big-league seasons, Williams currently serves as Arizona’s first-base coach.

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June 15, 2010 8:53 am

Future Shock: Draft Wrap: NL Central

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Kevin Goldstein

The Cubs pull a major first-round surprise along with breakdowns of the picks of the other teams in the division.

Chicago Cubs

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May 27, 2010 8:37 am

Prospectus Q&A: Scott Kazmir

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David Laurila

The Angels left-hander talks about his evolution as a pitcher and breaks down his repotraire in great detail.

Scott Kazmir is not unlike the little girl with the little curl. When he’s good, he’s very, very good. When he’s bad, he’s usually out of the game with a high pitch count by the end of the fifth inning. The Angels left-hander has unquestionably flashed brilliance since coming up with the Rays as a 20-year-old wunderkind in 2004, but just like the girl in the nursery rhyme, he has been maddeningly inconsistent. His first seven starts this year tell the same story, but the hard-throwing southpaw sees a light at the end of the tunnel. Only time will tell in which direction that train is headed.

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A conversation with the voice of the Rangers about baseball in Texas, using stats in broadcasting, and answering the question, WWVSD?

Eric Nadel is a baseball-broadcasting legend in Texas. The radio voice of the Rangers is now in his 32nd year calling games in Arlington, making him the longest-tenured announcer in franchise history. A five-time winner of the state’s Broadcaster of the Year award, the 59-year-old Nadel is a member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.

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October 7, 2009 12:13 pm

On the Beat: Post-season Notes

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John Perrotto

Rounding up the news on the varies LDS matchups, with a focus on the skippers.

This time last year, Jim Tracy was about as far removed from the postseason as a man who spent almost his entire adult life in professional baseball could get. That's because Tracy spent the 2008 season out of the game; he had been fired by the Pirates after the 2007 season following a two-year run as their manager, one that saw his teams go 135-189. Tracy had a house on a golf course in suburban Pittsburgh, and spent the year working on his game on the links when he wasn't watching his son play catcher at Duquesne University. Tracy's chances of managing in the major leagues anytime soon appeared slim. He was just focused on getting some kind of job in baseball.

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September 20, 2009 12:10 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Paul Konerko

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David Laurila

The South Side slugger drops by to talk about his time with the Sox, the power hitters he's played with, and more.

Paul Konerko has somewhat quietly established himself as one the most prolific sluggers in White Sox history. The humble first sacker has never put up the gaudy numbers of a Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, or Magglio Ordonez-players who have overshadowed him in his 11 seasons on the South Side-but he has consistently helped to put runs on the board. A 1994 first-round pick by the Dodgers who came to Chicago via Cincinnati, Konerko currently ranks second in ChiSox history in home runs, and is third in RBI, total bases, and extra-base hits. As of mid-September, the 33-year-old Konerko's career numbers were a workmanlike .278/.352/.491 with 324 round trippers.

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August 23, 2009 10:43 am

On the Beat: Weekend Wrapup

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John Perrotto

The Angels keep on rolling, the Nationals make their call on who's in charge, and the Rays go black to lighten the mood.

Their top three starting pitchers have spent time on the Disabled List. Their primary set-up reliever is out for the season after their record-setting closer left as a free agent in the winter. Their hard-hitting designated hitter has been plagued by injuries all season, and their center fielder missed more than a month; these injuries befell a lineup that lost its power-hitting first baseman to free agency in the offseason.

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