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July 30, 2012 5:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Seven Minutes of Terror

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Russell A. Carleton

What happens to closers when they don't know a save situation is coming?

There are two types of days in my world, both marked by how they begin. One day involves my waking up, going downstairs, having a leisurely glass of orange juice, and packing my lunch. Soon enough, my daughters will wake up, so I get breakfast ready for them and mentally prepare for the demands that come with having a three-year-old and an almost-one-year-old. That's a good day.

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August 8, 2011 10:34 am

Fantasy Beat: Preparation Only Gets You So Far

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Jason Collette

Jason looks at Coco Crisp's surprise 2011 and muses on how luck and preparation can play into fantasy seasons.

Ed Bradley once said that he found the harder he worked, the better his luck was because he was prepared.  Ben Franklin told us that diligence is the mother of good luck. Seneca told us that luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. That is all fine and dandy, but any fantasy player that does not admit to luck being more than just a miniscule factor in a fantasy season is simply not being honest.

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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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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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June 22, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Tom Foley

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David Laurila

The Rays' third-base coach discusses baserunning, the team's improved defense, and his playing career.

Tom Foley has seen it all in Tampa Bay. The Rays third-base coach for each of past seven seasons, Foley's history with the team goes all the way back to 1996 when he oversaw the first mini-camp in franchise history. Now 48 years old, Foley spent 13 seasons as a big league infielder before beginning his coaching career. David sat down with Foley when the Rays visited Fenway Park in early May.

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September 9, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Dave Trembley

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David Laurila

Once-interim Baltimore manager Dave Trembley was recently extended through next season. David spoke to him about his decision-making, his role as a manager, and what it was like to take over for the Orioles.

After 20 years of riding the buses in the minor leagues, Dave Trembley has experienced a rollercoaster ride in Baltimore this season. Originally hired on an interim basis, Trembley's contract was extended through the 2008 season on August 22; the Orioles went 29-24 under him, and 29-40 with Perlozzo. That same night, the Orioles suffered their worst loss in franchise history, losing 30-3 to the Rangers in the first game of a double-header. Since that time, the Orioles have gone 3-15.

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September 24, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Tom House, Part II

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Jonah Keri

Baseball Prospectus: You've worked with some interesting characters over the years. What lessons did you learn from Bobby Valentine when you worked with him in Texas? Tom House: He's a perfectionist. He helped me create a preparation base as a pitching coach. One time I'd planned the rotation out to a certain day. He'd say that's not enough, tell me out to this day; five presentations later he finally gave it his stamp of approval. It was never enough, he was never just satisfied with what he had. His search for perfection and a better way to do things are second to none. He made me a better pitching coach.

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There's only one game this season I've gone back and watched again from start to finish: Mike Mussina's May 7th start against the Mariners, where he pitched eight innings, gave up five hits, one a homer, struck out 12, and walked none. Mussina's been otherworldly so far this year, and watching him I know that it's not that he's particularly lucky--he's working with top-shelf stuff and great command. Batters are left walking back to the dugout shaking their heads and asking their hitting coach: "What am I supposed to do with that knuckle-curve he's throwing for strikes?" And the coach shrugs, because he doesn't know either. It was a great game, because it made me sit and think about what pitchers are and become: Mussina was almost forgotten last season, his years of excellence not recent enough, and now he's offering a traveling clinic on how to pitch. And this, in turn, leads me to wonder about Freddy Garcia's failure to move from future ace to ace. I wrote about this a little last September and found that Garcia had been lucky in his good seasons with seeing balls put into play turned into outs by the fine Mariner defense of 2000-2001.

It was a great game, because it made me sit and think about what pitchers are and become: Mussina was almost forgotten last season, his years of excellence not recent enough, and now he's offering a traveling clinic on how to pitch.

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