1. Detroit Tigers and Dave Dombrowski in the Final Analysis

    David Dombrowski got a contract extension on August 8th. Some questioned the move as the Detroit Tigers have not had a great deal of success in recent seasons. Yet, the team was in first place and has since gone on a huge hot streak...

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  2. Houston Astros: 10 Current Players Worth Holding onto During the Rebuild

    Baseball teams that lose 100 or more games usually want to turn over the roster. The Houston Astros have already done that. Since last July, they have dealt four of their regulars and their best starting pitcher...

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  3. Colorado Rockies and Dan O'Dowd in the Final Analysis

    Dan O’Dowd was always one of those general managers that I felt should be on the short list of general managers to be fired. For whatever reason, he wasn't...

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  4. Cleveland Indians and Chris Antonetti in the Final Analysis

    The Indians are more or less an anonymous group of players, coaches and executives that everyone in baseball wants to emulate. Officially, the masthead says Chris Antonetti is the general manager and Manny Acta is the manager...

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  5. Cincinnati Reds and Walt Jocketty in the Final Analysis

    The Reds came into the 2011 MLB season expecting to compete for the NL Central crown. They came seemingly out of nowhere to win the division in 2010. They did it on the strength of talented young position players and a strong rotation...

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  6. Prime Nine: Top Nine Houston Astros Prospects to Watch in 2012

    Watching a 100 loss team is about as painful experience as one can find in sports. Yet, the great thing about baseball is that each team has a farm system with young players fans can look forward to watching some day...

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  7. Kenny Williams and Chicago White Sox in the Final Analysis

    How much time does a World Series victory buy you? The White Sox won the 2005 World Series and they advanced to the ALDS in 2008, but otherwise have been a disappointment...

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  8. Houston Astros and a shortcut to competitiveness in 2012

    Most fans and analysts believe the Houston Astros will be bringing up the rear in the NL Central again in 2012. Honestly, the odds weigh heavier there than in a rebound...

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  9. Chicago Cubs and Jim Hendry in the Final Analysis

    Jim Hendry has already gotten the pink slip, so a lot of the venom Cubs fans may have felt is gone. Now, it is time to pick up the pieces and move on. Unfortunately, there are a lot of pieces to pick up...

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  10. Boston Red Sox and Theo Epstein in the Final Analysis

    The Red Sox and Yankees have been battling for the AL East so long it is hard to remember anyone other than Tampa Bay Rays actually competing with them. This year has been no different...

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  11. Baltimore Orioles and Andy MacPhail in the Final Analysis

    The 2011 campaign was supposed to be a better year for the Orioles . Andy MacPhail is on the hot seat and may not return. Of course, we have to remember that analysis and performance is not the same thing...

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  12. Atlanta Braves and Frank Wren in the Final Analysis

    It has been a tumultuous couple of years for Frank Wren and the Braves . Last year, Bobby Cox managed his last season in Atlanta. Fredi Gonzalez was a pretty easy tab for the Braves, but it was the first managerial hire they had to make since 1990...

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  13. Arizona Diamondbacks and Kevin Towers in the Final Analysis

    After a lot of sleepless nights, the analysis research is done and now it is time for the fun part: relaying the results. Kevin Towers has had a lot of fun moments this season with the D-backs...

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  14. Pros and Cons of a Houston Astros Move to the AL West

    A lot has been made of the Houston Astros ownership situation. Bud Selig wants to find a way to expand the playoffs and evening out the leagues at 15 each seems to be the way to do it...

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  15. What Do the Houston Astros Need to Do to Get Back into Contention in 2012?

    The 2011 Astros season has been an unmitigated disaster. On the field, the club will lose 100 games for the first time in its history and obviously shatter the mark for the worst winning percentage in history...

    Scott Barzilla Written by Scott Barzilla about almost 3 years ago 426 reads 5 comments

  16. Statistical Analysis: Which MLB Teams Do the Best Job Analyzing Statistics?

    After much research and sleepless nights, the numbers have been compiled for our final analysis scores. I included lineups, rotations and bullpens to come up with final team rankings...

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  17. MLB Authentics Collection: Offering Astros Fans a Piece of the Real Game Action

    Sometimes, it’s good to take a break from the action and this seemed to be a perfect time. Mike Acosta has been a good friend of SABR for some time and we got an opportunity to catch up...

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  18. The Softer Side of Scott Boras: Is He Really as Bad as We Think He Is?

    Scott Boras has been called a lot of names before in his career as a sports agent. Most of them are not printable, but the most common is “the anti-Christ”. So, when I saw him on the docket to speak to SABR this week I had mixed feelings...

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  19. Baseball and Social Media: Alyson Footer and Houston Astros on the Cutting Edge

    Anyone that is an avid Astros fan knows Alyson Footer. Most of us remember her as the beat writer for Astros.com (through MLB .com). Since she was an employee of MLB...

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  20. Baseball Between Us: Journalist Mike Luery Tries His Hand at Publishing

    I got to meet a lot of interesting people at the national SABR conference, so I thought I would begin a series of interviews with those nice enough to come on with us. Mike Luery was one of those interesting people I came across...

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  21. The New Moneyball: How Billy Beane Has Reinvented the Oakland Athletics

    Those that read Moneyball remember it well. There was the case of Scott Hatteberg. Hatteberg moved from behind the dish to first base because he could no longer throw effectively...

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  22. Houston Astros Blockbuster Trades, Pitcher Hauls: Which Will Make the Grade?

    The Astros traded five of their best players in the last two seasons. They managed to bring in nine different pitchers to help build for the future. Of course, pitching is always unpredictable...

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  23. Houston Astros Blockbuster Trade Hauls: How Will the New Hitters Do

    In the span of a calendar year, the Houston Astros traded the four best position players and the best pitcher in franchise history. The primary reason was to cut payroll. Jim Crane and associates are due to take over the team pending MLB approval...

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