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July 27, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: July 20-25

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Christina Kahrl

Chris has all the latest transactions as we get closer to the trade deadline.

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April 27, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: April 20-27

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Christina Kahrl

Calvin Pickering heads to Omaha after 31 plate appearances, Brad Penny makes his return and Jaret Wright hits the DL. All that and more in today's Transaction Analysis.

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January 26, 2004 12:00 am

A Study in (Near) Perfection

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Blake Kirkman

To say that Eric Gagne's adjective-inducing 2003 performance was just another season would be akin to the notion that the Beatles were just another rock band. The truth of the matter, at least in the case of Gagne, is that his season's performance was one for the ages. The all-world reliever was not merely good, he was "Nintendo." Traditional metrics alone, such as his 55 saves and sporty 1.20 ERA, showed enough to make the goggle-wearing Dodger closer the sexy pick for the National League Cy Young Award, while he further impressed by striking out an astronomical 137 over-matched batters in only 82.3 innings. Further proof that his performance was from another world (and no, I don't mean Canada) was his limiting opponents to an eye-popping .133 batting average against. As is most often the case, the traditional metrics prove to be only the tip of the iceberg in discussing Gagne's 2003. For all the strikeouts and saves, the bottom line may best be seen through the realization that Gagne was the best reliever in baseball in terms of preventing runs. His 32.6 Adjusted Runs Prevented, based on the analysis of Michael Wolverton at Baseball Prospectus, represents the idea that Gagne prevented approximately 33 runs more than what would have been prevented by the average major league reliever during the course of his specific 82.3 innings pitched. That's an incredible difference of 3.6 runs for every nine innings pitched.

To say that Eric Gagne's adjective-inducing 2003 performance was just another season would be akin to the notion that the Beatles were just another rock band. The truth of the matter, at least in the case of Gagne, is that his season's performance was one for the ages. The all-world reliever was not merely good, he was "Nintendo."

Traditional metrics alone, such as his 55 saves and sporty 1.20 ERA, showed enough to make the goggle-wearing Dodger closer the sexy pick for the National League Cy Young Award, while he further impressed by striking out an astronomical 137 over-matched batters in only 82.3 innings. Further proof that his performance was from another world was his limiting opponents to an eye-popping .133 batting average against.

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September 25, 2003 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: August 25-September 21

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Christina Kahrl

A lost season for the Angels has folks in Anaheim scratching their heads. John Smoltz's injury buries Bobby Thigpen's name for another year. The Royals' run evokes memories of George Brett and company. Sandy Alomar...you can probably guess what Chris will write about Sandy Alomar. Witticisms, Kahrlisms and roster schmisms in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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March 10, 2001 12:00 am

Derek in the Desert

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Derek Zumsteg

Tucson is a sprawling city with wide streets built on a grid, featuring the University of Arizona. It has a crime problem and a ton of those annoying street kids who panhandle all day to buy high-end hiking shoes, skateboards, and nice second-hand clothes they can wear in hip bars as they nurse premium beers like strip-club customers, staring warily around to see if someone who gave them money is going to notice them and pick a fight. Tucson has packed frat bars and cool Swingers-style places to drink, like Plush, a beautifully decorated lounge bar complete with good low-key groove bands, cushioned stools with backs on them, and a bar surface of polished copper squares.

I last went to the Cactus League almost ten years ago, when developers in Phoenix were putting up strip malls as fast as they could, counting on the constant southwest migration of the nation's population to eventually fill them with franchises, Mexican restaurants, chiropractic offices, and palm readers. As I drove out of Phoenix, listening to Sleater-Kinney (the best rock band you've never heard of), I saw that the developers had bet correctly.

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