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Can rational fans pull for fluky teams, or are we bound to support good process over unpredictability?

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Nick Piecoro is in his sixth season as a beat writer covering the Arizona Diamondbacks for ​The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com. Once an all-glove, no-stick Little Leaguer, he grew up playing APBA games in the suburbs of Phoenix. If he’s not writing or talking or watching baseball, he’s probably listening to or watching or falling asleep to music, movies, or television shows. You can follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.

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February 23, 2011 9:00 am

Prospectus Hit and Run: The Curious Case of Francisco Liriano


Jay Jaffe

Can the Twins learn to love their power lefty, or will they finally get a good return in trade?

Earlier this month, the Twins made waves via a Minneapolis Star Tribune report stating that team officials are open to the possibility of trading Francisco Liriano. The 27-year-old lefty is coming off a strong 2010 season, and the Twins feel that his value may never be higher, that he's getting too expensive for their tastes, and that their rotation appears to be stocked well enough to withstand his departure. If those assumptions are true, it may be sensible to deal him, but a closer look at the situation suggests flaws in that reasoning.

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October 7, 2008 12:48 pm

Prospectus Q&A: Sal Fasano


David Laurila

The veteran catcher discusses the tools of ignorance, pitching patterns, and crushing Cliff Lee in chess.

When fans think of Sal Fasano, the first things that come to mind are usually the Fu Manchu, Sal's Pals, and a popular journeyman catcher who poses little threat with a Louisville Slugger in his hands. Those working within the game of baseball see a cerebral backstop who is both a mentor to young pitchers and a great presence in the clubhouse. Fasano is, without question, all of the above. A 37-year-old veteran of 11 big-league seasons with nine teams, Fasano finished the 2008 campaign with the Cleveland Indians.

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