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Which player do scouts feel is the best unknown major leaguer?

The question was posed to a dozen front-office types and scouts during the final days of spring training: Who is the best player in baseball that nobody knows about? The winner of the highly informal poll was a bit of a surprise, especially since he entered this season having played in just 43 major-league games. Yet there is a strong feeling that Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie won't be a secret much longer.

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Did watching Jack Morris make him seem like a Hall of Famer?

CBS's Jon Heyman Tweeted this comment earlier today:

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September 11, 2004 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Stats for a Saturday


Joe Sheehan

Some interesting notes on Odalis Perez and the Kansas City Royals.

Wednesday night, Odalis Perez went five innings, allowed three runs on four hits (two home runs) and struck out three men. The batter who hit for him in the fifth, Olmedo Saenz, made him eligible for the win by blasting a grand slam to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead, one they would yield in the top of the sixth. The no-decision was Perez's 17th in 2004; he has a 6-4 record in 27 starts. He hasn't received a decision in his last five outings, and has just a 2-1 mark in 13 starts since the middle of June.

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April 2, 2003 12:00 am

The Great Leap Forward


Mark Armour

In a recent article about the 1967 Boston Red Sox, I wrote that the team's 20-win improvement was not particularly unusual. I had spent a few minutes convincing myself that there were a few other teams in neighboring seasons that accomplished the feat, but made no attempt to determine how common it was, or whether the 1960s were particularly unique in this regard. This article delves into the topic quite a bit further, presenting an historical survey of the phenomenon, while contemplating patterns that might help us figure out who is most likely to leap forward this year.

First, we need to explain the methodology. To account for different season lengths, I adjusted all team seasons to 162 games. For illustration, lets look at the largest improvement by a team in baseball history:

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