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02-05

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The Keeper Reaper: Relievers for 2/5/2013
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Dan Mennella

08-03

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Raising Aces: Throwdown: Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Hellickson
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Doug Thorburn

08-04

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The Asian Equation: Finding Relief from NPB
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Michael Street

10-26

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Spinning Yarn: Interpreting Pitch Classifications
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Mike Fast

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: The Development of Tommy Hanson
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David Laurila

09-07

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Checking the Numbers: Freaky Concerns
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Eric Seidman

09-02

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Seidnotes: A Streak of Myers
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Eric Seidman

02-14

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Give and Take
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Marc Normandin and Tommy Bennett

08-11

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Checking the Numbers: Scouting the Cubs/Phillies Series
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Eric Seidman

05-15

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Checking the Numbers: Dissecting the Enigma
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Eric Seidman

04-23

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Checking the Numbers: Inside Pitch-f/x
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Eric Seidman

03-26

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Lies, Damned Lies: Stress Tests
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Nate Silver

03-11

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Checking the Numbers: Pedro's Tank
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Eric Seidman

09-27

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Player Profile: Ricky Nolasco
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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Will Carroll

05-11

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Prospectus Q&A: Jesse Litsch and Brad Arnsberg
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David Laurila

03-09

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Prospectus Q&A: Jeff Luhnow
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David Laurila

02-04

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Caribbean Series 2008
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Derek Jacques

09-17

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Player Profile: John Lackey
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Marc Normandin

08-23

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Schrodinger's Bat: Visualizing Pitches
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Dan Fox

08-05

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Prospectus Q&A: Brian Bannister
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David Laurila

07-05

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Schrodinger's Bat: Searching for the Gyroball
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Dan Fox

06-14

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Science and Art of Building a Better Pitcher Profile
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Dan Fox

05-10

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Schrodinger's Bat: Phil Hughes, Pitch by Pitch
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Dan Fox

04-05

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Doctoring The Numbers: Charlie Haeger
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Rany Jazayerli

04-27

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Schrodinger's Bat: Of Crowds and Splits
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Dan Fox

12-09

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Rule 5 Draft
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Dayn Perry

08-06

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Can Of Corn: Deadline's Prospects, Part 2
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Dayn Perry

05-28

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Lies, Damned Lies: Pitcher vs. Batter Matchups (Holes Part Deux)
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Nate Silver

04-11

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Not-in-Book Players
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Baseball Prospectus

03-22

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Top 40 Prospects of 1999
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Rany Jazayerli

05-14

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AL East Notebook
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Joe Sheehan

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March 11, 2009 12:08 pm

Checking the Numbers: Pedro's Tank

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Eric Seidman

The future Hall of Famer is slinging for his supper in the WBC, but does he have something more left to offer?

When Pedro Martinez toed his home rubber to kick off the 1999 All-Star Game, fans across the globe knew they were in for a special performance. The game's best pitcher had breezed through the offense-heavy junior circuit in the first half, compiling a 2.10 ERA, 184/24 K:BB, and a Rafael Belliard-esque .213/.254/.292 opponent's line. On national television against some of the best hitters in the game, Pedro did not disappoint, fanning five of the six hitters he faced, and making each look foolish in the process. That image of Martinez is ingrained in our minds: a dominant and diminutive Dominican capable of shutting down and intimidating anyone who stepped into the box.

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September 27, 2008 11:42 am

Player Profile: Ricky Nolasco

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Marc Normandin, Eric Seidman and Will Carroll

Will the new-look Marlins ace use a new repertoire to play Met-killer today?

Heading into the 2007 season, the Marlins looked to have a bright future in their rotation, as four of their five starters from the previous campaign were coming off of successful rookie seasons. While things overall have not worked out the way many expected for the quartet, one of the four, Ricky Nolasco, has hit his stride this year to become a better pitcher than many thought he could be. What changed for the now 25-year-old starter, and can we expect him to be the ace that Florida's rotation needs to compete in a tough division?

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May 11, 2008 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Jesse Litsch and Brad Arnsberg

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David Laurila

The Blue Jays piecher and his pitching coach discuss his broad arsenal of pitches and the challenges of creating a gameplan with so many options.

Jesse Litsch is a man of few words and many pitches. A 23-year-old right-hander, Litsch has quietly emerged as a dependable member of the Blue Jays' starting rotation, relying on an ability to throw strikes and induce ground balls. Litsch began last season in Double-A, but by season's end had established himself in the big leagues by posting a 3.87 ERA in 111 innings. David talked to Litsch--and to Toronto pitching coach Brad Arnsberg--about Litsch's repertoire and approach on the mound.

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The Cards' VP of amateur scouting and development talks about the state of his system, evaluating some of his players, and more.

Jeff Luhnow is the St. Louis Cardinals' vice president of amateur scouting and player development, a dual position that he has held since September, 2006. A 41-year-old graduate of the Wharton School of Business who earned an MBA from Northwestern University, Luhnow joined the Cardinals organization in 2003. David talked to Luhnow about the analytical approach he brings to the St. Louis front office and some of the organization's most promising young prospects.

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February 4, 2008 12:00 am

Caribbean Series 2008

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Derek Jacques

Two pairs of veteran hurlers hooked up in the second set of doubleheaders, as the Caribbean teams moved a step closer to crowning a champion.

Saturday, when I first installed myself in the Estadio Cibao press box, something peculiar happened: a waiter came around offering everyone rum and cokes. Now, that itself isn't peculiar-thanks to Dominican rules of hospitality, you're constantly being offered food and drink. You fly into the capital city's airport and virtually the first thing that happens when you get off the plane is that someone offers you a rum and cokeeven if your plane lands at 10:00 AM. So after the initial gesture I was again surprised when my press colleagues started passing around ice-cold cans of Presidente, the more famous of the various local beers. That raised an eyebrow. Then, an hour or so later, the rum and coke waiter came by again. Offer free booze once, and drinking's condoned, in a hush-hush, we-won't-tell-if-you-don't way; offer wait-service drinks regularly, and drinking's encouraged-in fact, it becomes a functioning open bar. I'm no great expert on press boxes-so far, I haven't been allowed to ply my trade in any of the major league variety-but I sense that this is unusual. Special, even.

There's a festive atmosphere here that's unique, or at least not stamped from the same stoic North American baseball mold. In the stands there's dancing between innings, and it's expected that you'll dance even if your team is getting trounced (a slightly different version of "There's no crying in baseball"). Both Dominican teams bring out their cheerleaders to dance on the roofs of their dugouts every few innings, and all four teams (to the delight of at least one of my colleagues' children) have mascots. That's not so alien to our thought. But then there's the Mexican contingent, who combine their love of baseball with a love of dress-up that's reminiscent of a Star Trek convention. There's a handful of the costumed partygoers who are members of the Mexican team's entourage, as evidenced by their constant dancing on the team's dugout roof, and, yesterday, an impromptu demonstration of masked Mexican professional wrestling. But others seem to have a wrestling mask, or a giant sombrero, or an Aztec priest outfit just lying in the closet, waiting for moments like these.

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September 17, 2007 12:00 am

Player Profile: John Lackey

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Marc Normandin

With his durability and relative reliability, the only question John Lackey needs to answer is how he'll do facing top offenses in October.

For the last four seasons, John Lackey has been one of the better pitchers in the American League. Nevertheless, you rarely hear his name from the mainstream media, and that's while teammates like Bartolo Colon undeservedly collect some of the praise Lackey's due. However, despite Lackey's consistent success--as measured by both traditional and more advanced pitching statistics--he does have his problems.

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After digging through this data, you'll no longer wonder why they say hitting is the hardest thing to do in sports.

"In the last few feet before the plate, the ball reaches an angular velocity that exceeds the ability of the eye to track the ball. The best hitters can track the ball to within five or six feet of the plate."
--Ken Fuld, visual psychophysicist, quoted on Live Science.com


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August 5, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Q&A: Brian Bannister

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David Laurila

Sitting down to talk about pitching with the Royals rotation regular.

Brian Bannister is a thinking man's pitcher. Known more for his guile and pitching acumen than for his stuff, the 26-year-old right-hander has established himself as a mainstay in the Royals starting rotation in his first full major league season. Originally a seventh-round pick by the Mets in 2003, Bannister was acquired from them last December in exchange for reliever Ambiorix Burgos. The son of former big league pitcher Floyd Bannister, the USC product has started 17 games for Kansas City and is 7-6, 3.45 in 107 innings.

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Is it there, or isn't it? Dan dives into Dice-K's data to find out.

"Hmm. How should I answer that question? I knew this question was coming today. And I was preparing some optional answers for this particular question. Should I say, 'I have that ball?' Or I could say, 'Which particular ball are you referring to?' Or 'Which ball are you calling a gyroball?' Overall, if I have the chance, I will pitch that ball."
--Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, answering a reporter's question during his first press conference after arriving in Fort Myers for spring training.


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Popping the hood on King Felix as a demonstration of what's possible with PITCHf/x data

"Hell, yeah, I want to throw that pitch. They don't let me, though. They tell me I'm too young, that it's bad for my elbow. I told them I want to throw it."
--Felix Hernandez talking about his slider before the 2006 season


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Dan uses MLBAM data to reconstruct the no-hitter that wasn't.

"We are approaching a new age of synthesis. Knowledge cannot be merely a degree or a skill... it demands a broader vision, capabilities in critical thinking and logical deduction without which we cannot have constructive progress."
--Li Ka Shing


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Rany comes clean about an obsession with the knuckler, and his active interest in the best prospect to throw it in years.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of the knuckleball and the men who throw it. Among the many clues I have left in my wake, the most obvious is the time I ignored the objections of a fewokay, all of my colleagues, and attached Charlie Zink to the bottom of our Top 50 Prospects list three years ago. Fortunately, Zink has gone on to great and glorious success since then, completely vindicating my faith in him.

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