1. Houston Astros: Jim Crane Ownership Situation Turning Ugly

    This morning, the New York Post reported that Jim Crane has asked MLB to compensate he and his group of investors for moving to the American League...

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  2. 2012 MLB Offseason: Boston Red Sox Fielding Breakdown

    We are continuing our team fielding series with the fourth team on our list: the Boston Red Sox . If you have just stumbled onto our little project, I invite you to read the original ...

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  3. 2012 MLB Offseason: Baltimore Orioles Fielding Breakdown

    For those of you that have been following along patiently, you can skip through this introductory paragraph. If you haven’t sampled one of these yet then please take the time to read the introductory piece titled “ Team Fielding Series ...

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  4. 2012 MLB Offseason: Atlanta Braves Fielding Breakdown

    Before we take a look at the Atlanta Braves, I wanted to throw out a quick reminder to take a look at the original “Team Fielding Series” if you haven’t already...

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  5. 2012 MLB Offseason: Arizona Diamondbacks Fielding Breakdown

    Before anyone continues reading this series, I invite you to read the original piece entitled "Team Fielding Series...

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  6. 2011 MLB Playoffs: Chaos Theory and the World Series

    The Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals begin the World Series tonight in the conclusion of what has been one of the more memorable Octobers in recent memory...

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  7. 2012 MLB Offseason: General Manager Rankings 1-5

    Okay, the moment everyone has been waiting for. Who are the best general managers in baseball? Well, if you have been following the series you already know who they are. The question is in what order they will come...

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  8. 2012 MLB Offseason: General Manager Rankings 6-10

    Now we are getting into the group of general managers that teams will start coveting for their very own. Sometimes, these teams may have come up short, but it cannot be put at the plate of the general manager...

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  9. 2012 MLB Offseason: General Manager Rankings 11-15

    We took a bit of a hiatus on the GM rankings, but it’s time to pick up the second half of the list. For those entering the game a little late, we are basing the rankings loosely on the analysis scores I developed earlier...

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  10. 2012 MLB Offseason: General Manager Rankings 16-20

    We now move on to the next phase of our general manager rankings. We are moving into the group that we could call mediocre. There isn’t a whole lot of separation between these guys, so we could really place them anywhere...

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  11. 2012 MLB Offseason: General Manager Rankings 21-25

    Last time, we took a look at the bottom five general managers in the game. Two of them have already resigned or been fired. We have to imagine at least a couple of them aren’t far behind...

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  12. 2012 MLB Offseason: General Manager Rankings 26-30

    I know many of you must have waited with bated breath for these rankings. I finished with my statistical analysis series some time ago. These rankings are largely based on them, but I have done some switching around based on common sense as well...

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  13. Houston Astros: Fielding Their Greatest All-Time 25-Man Roster

    Next year the Astros will celebrate their 50th anniversary of National League play. Those of you adept at math (1962-2011) know that last season was actually their 50th season...

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  14. 2011 MLB Playoffs: 10 Players Who Have Boosted Their Value in the Playoffs

    It seems that the playoffs make or break a player's reputation. Reggie Jackson will forever be known as Mr. October. Derek Jeter will be known as Mr. November. On the other hand, Alex Rodriguez seems destined to be known as a goat...

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  15. Houston Astros: The Nuts and Bolts of the Ownership Switch

    It's amazing how modern journalism works. MLBtraderumors.com reported the move this morning. Their source? Peter Gammons via his twitter account. Yup folks, that's where modern journalism has gone...

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  16. Theo Epstein: Where Do the Red Sox Go from Here?

    The deed is done. Theo Epstein has defected from the Red Sox and moved to greener pastures in Chicago. The Cubs took advantage of the collective panic attack in Boston and nabbed up Epstein before the Red Sox could respond...

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  17. Theo Epstein: 10 Cubs That Could Be On Their Way Out

    The honeymoon won't last long for Theo Epstein in Chicago. He takes over a fifth place franchise that has a lot of bloated contracts and a farm system that hasn't produced many good players...

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  18. Theo Epstein: 10 Most Significant Moves (or Non-Moves) as Boston GM

    Now that Theo Epstein seems destined to join the Chicago Cubs , the time has come to look back at his time in Boston . Following are the ten most significant trades and free agent signings from the Epstein era in Boston...

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  19. MLB Playoffs 2011: Do St. Louis Cardinals Fit the World Series Profile?

    In another article, I talked about how the wild card has a relatively easy road to the league championship series. The wild card has a 50 percent success rate in the league championship series following a victory in the divisional series...

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  20. 2012 MLB Offseason: 10 Possible Destinations for Brett Myers

    Wandy Rodriguez is obviously the biggest name on the board this offseason for the Houston Astros , but fans and teams alike shouldn't sleep on Brett Myers...

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  21. 2012 MLB Offseason: Top Under the Radar Free Agents at Each Position

    Every winter, there are a handful of a free agents that cause your heart to skip a beat. This offseason it will be Albert Pujols , Prince Fielder and Jose Reyes. Everyone is tracking where they go...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 3,209 reads 25 comments

  22. 2011 MLB Playoffs: Dispelling the Great Pitching Myth

    This time of year, the pundits usually love to look at the playoffs and make great pronouncements about how championships are won. Of course, the San Francisco Giants happened to fulfill the stereotype last season...

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  23. 2011 MLB Playoffs Playoffs: A Sneak Peak at Brewers/Cardinals Pitching Match Up

    Before we get started we should probably begin with one of those disclaimers you see in commercials. I release these for entertainment purposes only. First of all, anyone that bets significant money on baseball deserves what they get...

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  24. 2011 MLB Playoffs: Is It Too Easy for the Wild Card to Advance?

    As Bud Selig and MLB consider expanding the playoffs, it comes time to evaluate the current playoff system to determine whether it is the optimal approach. Naturally, the way the final month went down was a huge plus for the four-team playoff system...

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  25. Houston Astros: 10 Bold Predictions for the Offseason

    It was the worst season in franchise history on the field. The Houston Astros had been the only franchise in baseball not to lose 100 games in a season. That streak ended with a crushing 106 losses...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 1,592 reads 11 comments