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05-28

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BP Unfiltered: The Most Unexpected Steals
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Ben Lindbergh

03-22

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Fantasy Tier Rankings: Shortstops
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Paul Singman

02-27

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Pre-Season Positional Rankings: Top 50 Fantasy Outfielders, Part One: 1-25
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Josh Shepardson and Paul Singman

11-08

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Overthinking It: Why Nobody Gets Caught Stealing
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Ben Lindbergh

06-22

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Raising Aces: A Slide Step in the Wrong Direction
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Doug Thorburn

10-26

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The Keeper Reaper: Second, Short, and Catcher
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Michael Jong

07-29

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Fantasy Beat: Royalty Running Wild
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Jason Collette

06-15

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Value Picks: Outfield
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Rob McQuown

05-06

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Fantasy Beat: Stolen Bases and You in 2011
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Jason Collette

03-22

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Fantasy Beat: Value Picks at Catcher, Second Base, and Shortstop
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Michael Jong

01-26

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Fantasy Beat: Rankings Review: Center Field
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Marc Normandin

07-08

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Fantasy Beat: Steal This Post - Revisited
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Craig Brown

04-26

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Fantasy Beat: Weeks At A Time
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Craig Brown

04-09

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Fantasy Focus: Stolen-base Redux
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Marc Normandin

03-29

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Fantasy Beat: Steal This Post
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Craig Brown

01-05

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Fantasy Focus: Center Field Rankings Review
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Marc Normandin

12-31

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Prospectus Hit and Run: Hall of Fame Cases for Outfielders
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Jay Jaffe

06-21

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Prospectus Idol Entry: When It Doesn't Pay To Steal
by
Brian Cartwright

04-03

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Fantasy Beat: Stealing Stolen Bases
by
Marc Normandin

03-03

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Fantasy Beat: Center Field
by
Marc Normandin

02-13

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Fantasy Beat: Second Base
by
Marc Normandin

07-19

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Fantasy Focus: Speed Never Slumps
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Jeff Erickson

04-25

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Fantasy Focus: April Stolen Base Report
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Jeff Erickson

03-05

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Fantasy Beat: The Infielders
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Marc Normandin

02-27

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Fantasy Beat: Outfield Rankings
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Marc Normandin

02-13

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Doctoring The Numbers: Mets, Rangers, and Orioles
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Rany Jazayerli

12-20

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The Class of 2008
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Jay Jaffe

08-30

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Prospectus Today: Jose Reyes
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Joe Sheehan

05-27

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Wait 'Til Next Year: The Scouting Directors, NL Central
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Bryan Smith

04-08

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Every Given Sunday
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John Perrotto

03-29

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Schrodinger's Bat: The Price of Contentment
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Dan Fox

03-22

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Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And More
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Dan Fox

07-23

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Rogue's Gallery
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Jim Baker

03-28

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The Daily Prospectus: Manager Tendencies
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Steven Rubio

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February 27, 2008 12:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Outfield Rankings

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Marc Normandin

Marc lays out his personal PECOTA-aided cheat sheet for who he'd pick to stock his three outfield positions.

We're getting close enough to the baseball season that it's finally time to reveal my positional draft rankings. I've broken them up into outfielders, infielders, and pitchers, further separated by position; this week, we'll look at the outfield.

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February 13, 2008 12:00 am

Doctoring The Numbers: Mets, Rangers, and Orioles

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Rany Jazayerli

Two shortstops are on their way towards breaking formidable records, while Daniel Cabrera has struggled in a historic manner to harness his talent.

New York Mets

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December 20, 2007 12:00 am

The Class of 2008

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Jay Jaffe

JAWS gapes for the Hall candidacy of Tim Raines, but finds the other eligible outfielders not quite so tasty.

Picking up where we left off last week, we turn JAWS loose on the outfielders of the 2008 ballot, a mercifully smaller crop than last year's 13 outfielders, but one about which we have much to discuss.

Left Fielders

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August 30, 2007 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Jose Reyes

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Joe Sheehan

The extraordinary development curve of the Mets' shortstop is a testament to gifts that go beyond his tools.

The Angels sweep, the Indians sweep, the Padres take a third, the Phillies take a third, the Yankees take a second…we'll see how all of these storylines develop today as these series come to a close, some of them in matinees.

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May 27, 2007 12:00 am

Wait 'Til Next Year: The Scouting Directors, NL Central

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Bryan Smith

Bryan continues his analysis of the draft tendencies of scouting directors.

This series is my attempt to identify the drafting tendencies of Major League scouting directors. In looking at the scouting directors, I'm hoping that the past might tell us something about the future. I'm analyzing them in multiple categories: Best Player Produced, Best Prospect in Minors, Notable Steals (any notable player that was drafted after round five), Five-Round Strategy (total picks in first round divided by college and high school selections), and Strategy in a Nutshell (subjective look at the scouting director's choices). Finally, I use this information to look into the 2007 Draft Crystal Ball and determine if we can forecast choices merely based upon previous tendencies. Today, we move to the NL Central. You can find the AL West here, the NL West here, and the AL Central here.

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April 8, 2007 12:00 am

Every Given Sunday

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John Perrotto

John checks in with teams changing gears, players trying to show last year was no fluke, and guys disappointed with their lot in life.

Developments and news from around the league...

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March 29, 2007 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: The Price of Contentment

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Dan Fox

Dan looks at double steals from every conceivable angle, inspired by a wacky quadruple steal from the pages of Retrosheet.

"He told me the rule book doesn't specifically cover that situation. He said you've seen one of the most unusual plays in baseball."
--Official scorer Randy Minkoff, recounting his conversation with Seymour Siwoff about the Cardinals "quadruple steal" in August of 1985, as recorded by Retrosheet


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Two, two, two bags in one! How do managers employ this high-reward tactic?

--Cubs manager Lou Piniella showing his affection for the double steal

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July 23, 2004 12:00 am

Rogue's Gallery

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Jim Baker

The 2004 Mets are on pace to do something that only eight other major league clubs (that we know of) have ever done: steal bases at an 80 percent clip. I say "that we know of," of course, because for many years, nobody was writing down when men were getting caught. Why not? Because America was a happier, more optimistic place back then. We weren't all about negativity and failure in those days--no sir! Well, that's one theory anyway. The party line on steals in these parts is that they are overrated as an offensive weapon--you all know that. When a team gets up over an 80 percent success rate, though, even the most heart-hardened theft-cynic begins to contemplate granting absolution to the thieves. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan is often cited for his base-stealing acumen. Morgan stole right at about that rate for his career. These clubs are, then, his equivalent on the team level--or something like that.

Why not? Because America was a happier, more optimistic place back then. We weren't all about negativity and failure in those days--no sir! Well, that's one theory anyway.

The party line on steals in these parts is that they are overrated as an offensive weapon--you all know that. When a team gets up over an 80 percent success rate, though, even the most heart-hardened theft-cynic begins to contemplate granting absolution to the thieves. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan is often cited for his base-stealing acumen. Morgan stole right at about that rate for his career. These clubs are, then, his equivalent on the team level--or something like that.

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It's important to note here that the job of baseball manager includes tasks that aren't going to show up in this type of analysis. To me, managing is the one area in baseball where the "intangibles" we typically deride come into play in important ways. Getting someone to perform to the best of their abilities and being a good manager of people are important parts of a baseball manager's job, but are very hard to quantify. Absent a way to evaluate these aspects, there can be a tendency to overemphasize what we can quantify, like bunting strategies and the like. Can we quantify something like "played better under Manager X than under Manager Y?" Do players even do better under some managers than under others? It's not just a question of bench construction and use: it's whether or not a manager can convince a player that he's being used appropriately.

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