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Jason's time in Arizona comes to an end, but not before he reflects on how much March baseball means.

6:00 AM

I’m up early, Patricia, but I have nowhere to go. It’s an empty feeling, like spending a decade in school only to serve coffee or write positive articles about the Chicago White Sox system. Everything feels false: yesterday was my final day at the fields. I watched around 75 games over the past five weeks, ranging from amateur to pro, in the vacant environments of the backfields to the packed houses under the bright lights. I already miss it more than words by Extreme. Oh, my Dear, give me the strength to face the realities of the world without baseball in my bloodstream. I’m flying back to New York City in a few hours. This can’t be happening. The music for the mood is Feel Flows by the Beach Boys. Shadows supplied by the words:

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We Open the Tomb of the Baseball Prospectus on ballhawk Johnny Mostil and his Very Bad Day.

Dead Player of the Day (Johnny Mostil Edition)

#27 Johnny Mostil CF 1918, 1921-1929 (1896-1970)

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December 13, 2006 12:00 am

The Class of 2007

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Jay Jaffe

One candidate is different from every other candidate, but that doesn't mean that the rest of the infielders on the ballot have no hope of induction. Jay uses his signature JAWS system to investigate who's worthy of Cooperstown.

This is the fourth year I've used the very self-consciously named Jaffe WARP Score system (JAWS) to examine the Hall of Fame ballot. The goal of JAWS is to identify candidates on the Hall ballot who are as good or better than the average Hall of Famer at their position, a bar set so as to avoid further diluting the quality of the institution's membership. Clay Davenport's Wins Above Replacement Player (WARP) totals are the coin of the realm for this endeavor because they normalize all performance records in major-league history to the same scoring environment, adjusting for park effects, quality of competition and length of schedule. Pitchers, hitters and fielders are thus rated above or below one consistent replacement level, making cross-era comparisons a breeze.

JAWS does not include non-statistical considerations--awards, championships, postseason performance, rap sheet, urine test results--but that's not to say they should be left by the wayside. They're just not the focus here. While I'll discuss the 800-pound elephant in the room in the context of various candidacies, I don't claim to have a solution as to how voters or fans should handle the dawn of this new era. That's an emotional issue, and JAWS isn't designed to handle emotions.

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December 2, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 23-December 1

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Christina Kahrl

Christina details a few teams who were most enthusiastic about relievers, and breaks down a few trades and signings of note leading into the Winter Meetings.

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April 3, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 29-31, 2004

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Christina Kahrl

Pokey takes over at short after Nomar hits the Red Sox DL. Paul DePodesta's old mates gift him with Jayson Werth and Jason Grabowski. Clay Condrey may need to enter the witness protection program after landing in Philly. The Pads and Cards exchange crappy, speedy outfielders. These and other happenings in a special Saturday edition of Transaction Analysis.

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