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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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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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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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April 25, 2012 3:00 am

The Platoon Advantage: What Valentine Brings to Boston

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Cee Angi

If you're looking for a scapegoat for Boston's struggles, skip the manager's office.

Tensions remain high in Boston following the Red Sox’ September collapse, and the departures of Terry Francona and Theo Epstein are still fresh in mind.  The Red Sox’ slow start has exacerbated the situation, leading some to condemn the easiest scapegoat: Bobby Valentine. Even if the Red Sox’ season had started on more positive footing, Valentine’s return to the dugout was going to be an uphill battle—10 years is a long time to be out of a major league clubhouse and still have credibility with players who are too young to be aware of your illustrious credentials or too old to care. But in an organization plagued by injuries, struggling pitching, an inconsistent offense, and inexplicable strokes of bad luck, the hostility Valentine has received has been disproportionate to any possible responsibility he could have had for the state of the team.

The team’s struggles have left some nostalgic for Francona, who received a standing ovation and chants of “We want Tito” at Fenway’s 100th anniversary celebration Friday. Those chants are a sure sign of lost perspective: Francona managed the 2011 Red Sox to the team’s worst start since 1945 and an unprecedented September collapse, then departed in the wake of questions regarding his ability to control the clubhouse, and reports of beer-guzzling and chicken-eating pitchers.

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Is there anything more to a manager's reputation than the abilities of the players who play for him?

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

​Dash Treyhorn watched his first Phillies game at two days old, and he led his Wiffle Ball league in OPS+ in 1996. He blogs about the Phillies for NBC Philadelphia.
 


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Jeremy Hellickson gets hit hard and Clay Buchholz impresses in the game of the week, plus thoughts about Tampa Bay's pitching and Bobby Valentine's way with words.

The night before Saturday’s game, the Red Sox scored eight runs against the Rays to turn a relatively normal game into a 12-2 laugher. Actually, there was something abnormal about it, even before the offensive explosion: Rays starter David Price lasted only three innings. He gave up three runs on four hits and three walks while running up an 83-pitch tab. Josh Beckett, meanwhile, suffocated Tampa Bay for eight innings, allowing just one run on five hits.

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Now that the regular season has wrapped up, here's a look at who BP staffers think should win the major awards.

Today we reveal the Baseball Prospectus staff choices for the major player awards  (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year) in the American and National Leagues. Each staff member's predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results.

For the MVP voting, we've slightly amended the traditional points system in place that has been used elsewhere, dropping fourth- and fifth-place votes to make it 10-7-5 for the MVP Award, and the regular 5-3-1 for the Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, and Manager of the Year Awards (that's 5 points for a first-place vote, 3 points for a second-place vote, etc.). Next to each of these selections we've listed the total number of ballots, followed by the total number of points, and then the number of first-place votes in parentheses, if any were received.

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June 27, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Adrian as Advertised

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John Perrotto

A recent offensive skid only serves to remind Red Sox fans of how well their team has hit after acquiring Adrian Gonzalez over the offseason.

Even though the Red Sox snapped their four-game losing Sunday with a 4-2 win over the Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, they managed just six hits in the game and have scored just 14 runs in their last five games. While fans of most teams wouldn't worry about a small cold spell, the Fenway faithful are alarmed, which is understandable given that the Bosox had just completed a stretch of 16 games in which they won 14 and averaged an amazing 8.0 runs a game.

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