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09-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Incompetence
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Joe Sheehan

02-06

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Building a Better Bullpen
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Caleb Peiffer

03-22

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Hope and Faith: How the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Can Win the World Series
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Derek Jacques

03-01

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Team Health Reports: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Michael Groopman and Will Carroll

11-22

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The Dick Martin Award Finalists
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Michael Groopman

09-21

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Prospectus Notebook: HOU, TB
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06-09

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Prospectus Today: Incompetence
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Joe Sheehan

05-06

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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David Kirsch

04-08

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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David Kirsch

04-04

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The Week in Quotes: March 28-April 3
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John Erhardt

03-11

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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David Kirsch

02-11

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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06-24

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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05-27

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Toronto Blue Jays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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06-25

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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05-28

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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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Prospectus Triple Play: Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays
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The Week in Quotes: February 4-16
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Ryan Wilkins

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The Week in Quotes: October 28-November 3
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03-31

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American League Predictions
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02-08

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What God Left Out
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Keith Scherer

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Projected 1999 American League Standings
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Projected 1998 American League Standings
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The day after Tampa Bay's thousandth 1000th victory as a franchise, remember how hopeless things seemed several years ago.

While looking toward the future with our comprehensive slate of current content, we'd also like to recognize our rich past by drawing upon our extensive (and mostly free) online archive of work dating back to 1997. In an effort to highlight the best of what's gone before, we'll be bringing you a weekly blast from BP's past, introducing or re-introducing you to some of the most informative and entertaining authors who have passed through our virtual halls. If you have fond recollections of a BP piece that you'd like to nominate for re-exposure to a wider audiencesend us your suggestion.

It seems like a long time ago now, but things had gotten bad enough for the Rays several years ago that Joe considered abandoning hope for the franchise in the following piece, which originally ran as a "Prospectus Today" column on June 9, 2005.
 


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February 6, 2008 12:00 am

Building a Better Bullpen

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Caleb Peiffer

After a historically awful season, the Rays are about to turn the corner with this unit, as with several others.

The Tampa Bay Devil Rays existed for 10 seasons-the club exorcised the Devil this past November-and have been plagued for most of that decade by an inability to put a decent bullpen together. Consider for a moment that in five out of 10 years, Tampa Bay's firemen combined for a negative Adjusted Runs Prevented (ARP) total.

What exactly is ARP, and why is it used here rather than another bullpen metric, such as WXRL? ARP is a pure context-free measure of pitcher effectiveness that doesn't take into account the leverage of the situation; a counting stat that compares a reliever's performance to how an average (not replacement-level) relief pitcher would have performed in the same situations. In other words, if you are looking simply for how many more runs a bullpen prevented or allowed than average, regardless of the timing of the relief work or how it impacted the game, then ARP is your stat. It boils away luck and any statistical advantage (or disadvantage) attained from pitching well (or poorly) in more important situations to get at the bare-bones underlying performance, which is what we want to evaluate in looking at past bullpen work. As Keith Woolner explained in a 2005 mailbag:

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Past championship success stories, Derek writes, should inspire Joe Maddon's guys.

Is there a fan base in America to whom the concept of Hope and Faith would seem more far-fetched than it would to supporters of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays? In Pittsburgh and Kansas City, fans at least have memories of the days when the victory champagne flowed freely. Texas, Seattle and the north side of Chicago have at least had opportunities to make noise in the playoffs, even if those opportunities were squandered. In contrast, Tampa Bay's nine years in baseball have been an exercise in frustration and incompetence, without even a modest run of success to relieve the monotony.

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March 1, 2006 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Tampa Bay Devil Rays

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Michael Groopman and Will Carroll

Check out the medhead view on Scott Kazmir's mechanics, Rocco Baldelli's comeback, and baseball's most reliably healthy backstop.

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November 22, 2005 12:00 am

The Dick Martin Award Finalists

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Michael Groopman

This year's four candidates for the second Dick Martin Award for Best Medical Staff include the 2004 winner. See how they all stack up.

Conversely, teams that are able to keep their players healthy can reap the benefits of doing so. Landing few players on the disabled list allows a club to let their minor-league players develop longer instead of having to rush them to the majors to fill in for injured regulars. Minimizing DL costs is also an investment in the future, as preventing traumatic injuries and their lingering complications allows players to realize their ability and produce on the field.

Last year, BP's Will Carroll presented the inaugural Dick Martin Award for Best Medical Staff to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' team. This year, the candidates have been narrowed down to the top four, with the winner to be named and the award presented at the winter meetings in Dallas next month. The criteria for the award include the amount of days spent by players on the disabled list, the amount of money spent on players' contracts while on they're on the disabled list, dollar distance from the average DL salary and percent of team payroll spent on DL salary. These criteria were chosen to demonstrate how well teams were able to keep their players healthy not only in comparison with their peers but also within their means.

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The Astros rely heavily on the top of their roster, and the Devil Rays tick off one of their top prospects.

If you answered HACKING MASS runaway All-Star Willy Taveras, you're wrong. And if you happen to possess an official ballot for postseason awards, please don't forget the timeless folly of Pat Listach.

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June 9, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Incompetence

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Joe Sheehan

The Devil Rays make yet another head-scratching move.

This week, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays fell permanently off my radar as a major-league franchise. Never really relevant, I'd seen enough signs of life--Carl Crawford, Jorge Cantu, Scott Kazmir--to entertain the notion that they weren't a lost cause. Given continued good work by the player-development staff, another strong draft or two and some judicious acquisitions at the major-league level, it wasn't hard to see .500 teams and better in the future.

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Mike Hampton is the Braves' third-best hitter, Chad Orvella continues to shine in the Devil Rays' system and the Blue Jays have some promising young pitchers, all in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

  • Offensive Offense: Quick, who's third on the Braves in OPS? Chipper Jones is clearly number one with a 1.180 OPS. After that, it gets a little hazy, doesn't it?
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    The Braves need a second base backup, the Rays could create another closer, and the Jays sink their sunk costs--all this and more in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

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    A former player talks about his retirement, another gets ready for his, and Billy Koch refuses to pay high gas prices.

    "And I miss looking that pitcher in the eye. I can't look my son in the eye when he's throwing me a Wiffle ball and say, 'I'm going to rip one off your forehead.'"
    --former A's infielder and current sports radio talk show host F.P. Santangelo, on what he misses about playing professional baseball (Sacramento Bee)

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    Prospectus Triple Play takes a look at the hot job battles for the Braves, Devil Rays and Blue Jays.

    Given that it's spring training, let's take a look this month at some players who might capture roles with their respective teams...

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    Keeping up with the Joneses in Atlanta, retreads in Tampa, and a new infield in Toronto--this and more in today's Prospectus Triple Play.

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