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11-04

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Release Points: How Francona Outmaneuvered Maddon and the Cubs ... Almost
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Dan Rozenson

10-30

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Playoff Prospectus: Wrigley Goes Silent as Indians See the Finish Line
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Aaron Gleeman

10-25

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Rubbing Mud: What We Really Know About Lester's Yips
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Matthew Trueblood

10-20

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Playoff Prospectus: Miller Genuine Craft
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Craig Goldstein

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona, Leverage King
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Matthew Kory

05-15

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Painting the Black: The Cleveland Show
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R.J. Anderson

01-22

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BP Unfiltered: Arguably the Worst Bunt Call Ever Called
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Sam Miller

10-09

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Out of Left Field: It's a Trap!
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Matthew Kory

10-08

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8

Transaction Analysis: Managerial Movement
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R.J. Anderson

09-12

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Painting the Black: How to Fail at Managing
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R.J. Anderson

08-20

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Out of Left Field: Bobby Valentine's Communications Problem
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Matthew Kory

06-25

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51

Overthinking It: What Does Everyone Have Against Homers?
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Ben Lindbergh

04-25

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The Platoon Advantage: What Valentine Brings to Boston
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Cee Angi

04-24

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Baseball ProGUESTus: The Manager Narrative
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Dash Treyhorn

04-17

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Prospectus Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox, April 14
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Adam Sobsey

09-30

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Regular-Season Awards
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Baseball Prospectus

06-27

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On the Beat: Adrian as Advertised
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John Perrotto

09-22

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On the Beat: Something to Build On
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John Perrotto

07-21

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On the Beat: Staying Positive in a Negative Situation
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John Perrotto

06-11

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On the Beat: Friday Update
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John Perrotto

07-15

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On the Beat: Francona's Non-quandary
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John Perrotto

03-24

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The Week in Quotes: March 17-23
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Alex Carnevale

03-19

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Hoisting the Flag Will Have to Wait
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John Perrotto

10-22

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Playoff Prospectus: ALCS Game Seven Report
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John Perrotto

10-22

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The Week in Quotes: October 15-21
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Alex Carnevale

10-15

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Playoff Prospectus: Terry Francona
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John Perrotto

03-22

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Schrodinger's Bat: Double Steals And More
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Dan Fox

08-21

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Prospectus Today: The Sweep
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Joe Sheehan

04-06

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

01-12

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Transaction Analysis: The Easts
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Baseball Prospectus

10-09

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The Managerial Shuffle
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Christina Kahrl

07-24

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PAP Scores Revisited
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Rany Jazayerli

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Field Marshal Terry Francona vs. Generalissimo Joe Maddon.

Imagine you are Field Marshal Terry Francona, lined up for battle with your 50 divisions behind you. You and your troops have fought well, having just defeated skilled armies from Boston and Toronto. But your nemesis now is Generalissimo Joe Maddon, who has 70 divisions to throw at you. Picture these two armies fighting over seven separate battlefields—first to seize four fields wins. What’s an underdog to do?

Suppose Maddon puts 10 divisions into position for each battle. Francona could mirror his opponent and evenly spread his forces, but he would be outnumbered all along his front. Or, he could do what outnumbered commanders have done for a long time: concentrate his forces selectively.

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Breaking down Game 4, which saw the Indians out-play the Cubs and Terry Francona out-manage Joe Maddon.

Game 4 was anything but a managerial chess match at Wrigley Field, as the Indians jumped out to an early lead and broke things open for good in the seventh inning on the way to a 7-2 win that puts the Cubs on the brink of elimination. However, there were no shortage of interesting pregame and midgame decisions on which to chew, including some that could have an impact in Game 5 and, if the Cubs win Sunday, beyond.

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Why haven't opposing teams and managers, including the Indians and Terry Francona, done more to exploit Jon Lester's throwing problesm?

The last time he faced his former manager, Jon Lester spun an old-fashioned gem, in an old-fashioned Monday afternoon game at Wrigley Field. It was August of 2015, and the Cubs were hosting the Indians in a wrong-footed getaway-day game, forced into the schedule on what had been an off day for both teams after rain washed out a contest in June.

Lester pitched 8 ⅔ innings and nearly beat the Tribe 1-0, but ended up allowing the tying run before departing. Kris Bryant won the game with an opposite-field walk-off home run in the next half inning. The character of Lester’s effort was strange, though. He scattered six hits, a walk, and two hit batsmen over his long outing. It’s not normal, in today’s MLB, for a pitcher to allow nine baserunners in a start and still nearly complete the outing with just a single tally on the board.

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Terry Francona's bullpen is the toast of Cleveland.

Ryan Merritt is an unknown; a top percentile athlete; a playoff starter. Ryan Merritt is a means to an end.

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Terry Francona went to his big bullpen guns early and the Indians took a 1-0 lead over the Red Sox.

It's easy to make too much of a single move in a postseason game. Taking a pitcher out one batter too late or sending a runner home on a long fly can have huge consequences. But if we step back and breathe deeply, we know a baseball game is too long, with too many moving parts, to ever truly be decided by any single event. Still, Thursday evening’s Red Sox-Indians game, the first of a five-game set, offered an easily graspable handle for those looking to turn that narrative crank.

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May 15, 2013 5:00 am

Painting the Black: The Cleveland Show

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R.J. Anderson

How the Indians have approached first place.

For all the lecturing about the early-season struggles of the Blue Jays and Angels—and how there are no shortcuts on the road to contention—the Indians accelerated their timetable after an offseason overhaul. 

General manager Chris Antonetti's to-do-list started with a managerial vacancy. So Antonetti hired a two-time World Series-winning manager. Then he added some new assets by signing two of the best free-agent hitters available and trading for a former top-five draft pick with top-of-the-rotation potential. While Cleveland fans enjoyed an uncharacteristically festive winter, their smiles turned into expletive-filled rants quickly. Four weeks into the season the Indians were in the familiar position of looking up in the standings at less-talented teams. The low point came on April 28 when the Indians lost 9-0 to the Royals in the first game of a doubleheader; a loss that pushed the Indians to 8-13 on the season, and extended their losing streak to three games.

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In 1999, Terry Francona ordered Doug Glanville to bunt. Here's why it made little sense.

The background.
In 1998, Mark Wohlers lost the ability to throw strikes. He walked nearly a batter per inning in April, then he walked a batter and a half per inning in May, and then things really got bad. In a couple of minor league assignments, he walked 37 batters in 13 innings. Then in August, he walked14 batters and struck out none in less than four innings. Steve Blass sent him a letter of encouragement, which might not have seemed encouraging. 


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Terry Francona and the Cleveland Indians

Through painstaking research, I have determined that most managers get fired for one or more of the following reasons:

1. Losing

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October 8, 2012 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Managerial Movement

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R.J. Anderson

The Indians hire a manager, and the Rockies are in the market for one.

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When it comes to talking about managers, it's as easy to ignore the most crucial skill as it is to overstate it.

The circumstances that led to Terry Francona’s dismissal are as played out as they get. His team played and behaved poorly. His bosses figured replacing the manager was easier than replacing the players, so they replaced him with a carbon opposite. Remnants of the story exist in every head coach and managerial firing; it’s the basis of the Great American Sports Story. What we forget about Francona’s final days is how they exposed him as a poor tactical manager.

Take Francona’s usage of Randy Williams. Williams entered the 2011 season with 90 career big-league appearances, a 5.74 earned run average, and a 1.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He looked like a left-handed specialist, but truthfully he didn’t even fit that role. (To this day, Williams has allowed left-handers to hit .253/.356/.420.) Yet, Francona used Williams seven times, against more righties than lefties, and in high-leverage spots. Williams’ average entrance leverage index finished just below that of Daniel Bard and Jonathan Papelbon, Boston’s two best relievers.

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August 20, 2012 10:25 am

Out of Left Field: Bobby Valentine's Communications Problem

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Matthew Kory

Well, sure, these conversations explain everything.

It’s no secret that there have been some problems with the Red Sox recently. Or, if it is a secret, whoops. Sorry. Cat’s out of the bag. So now you know if you didn’t already. There are issues in Red Sox land. Some have regarded those issues as holdovers from last season when things turned bad like cheese left out during a month long vacay to Maui. To others, the peculiar peccadilloes of this particular… uh, season, can be traced back to once single source: manager Bobby Valentine.

Valentine took over the team from Terry Francona, who was adept at handing the personal interaction side of managing in Boston. He was good with the players, he was good with the press. But those strengths belied a laissez faire attitude that permeated the Red Sox clubhouse, an attitude that some say led to the team’s downfall last September. That and also some incredibly awful baseball.

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June 25, 2012 9:00 am

Overthinking It: What Does Everyone Have Against Homers?

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Ben Lindbergh

Why anyone who thinks the Yankees' reliance on the home run is a problem should stop worrying and learn to love the three-run bomb.

A homer is a hit too, you know that? Eventually everyone will believe that.”Joe Girardi
 

As much as most of us enjoy home runs, many of us can’t quite bring ourselves to trust them.


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