- Chris Burke
On Friday, the Arizona Diamondbacks decided not to tender an offer of arbitration to Chris Burke. After coming over from the Astros in the Jose Valverde trade, Burke was a massive disappointment
- Padres Add Prior, Burke
Padres sign Mark Prior and Chris Burke (minor league deals)
Prior is baseball’s version of Prometheus. No matter how many times he attempts to come back, it seems like that darn eagle will scoop
- Of Turf Artificial and Surface Au Naturel
!, associate fellow John “Peter” Thompson has thoughtfully paraphrased Henry David Thoreau in taking a more moderate and cautious position:
“We cannot adequately appreciate this aspect of nature
- Ask NotNot for Something Something
In addition to the very English and talented Craig Robinson, the editoriat of NotGraphs is pleased also to announce the debut here of John Paschal, who writes additionally for The Hardball Times
- Fun With Shapes: A Fan's Mental Exercise
, then, is that newly signed leftie John Lannan can take on the exact form of Clayton Kershaw – or, ironically, Bartolo Colon.
- Questions and Answers with the Unquestionable Answerman
: This is interesting: During John Axford’s stint with St. Louis last season, Cardinals coaches told the reliever that for the past few seasons he had been tipping his pitches. Do you know of any other player
- Name That Name! A Trilogy (Mercifully) Concluded
: Captain N. Tennille
Jeff Samardzija: Jeff Samarz Samarj Samarzj Smarjd Dammit!
A.J. Pierzynski: Anthony John Pierzynski
Andrew McCutchen: Aristeaus the Cooler
Ryan Dempster: Harry Caray II
- Preseason Picks: Lord Buddha Tabs the Astros
With Spring Training now upon us, and with lab-tested and science-approved psychic John Edward having predicted the imminent onset of predictions, many of our most luminous luminaries
- Revenue Sharing Deal Cubs Struck with Rooftop Owners Holding Up Wrigley Field Renovations
. In 1885, John Deppert, Jr. constructed a rooftop stand on his barn that overlooked Recreation Park, home to the National League’s Detroit Wolverines, future Hall of Famer Sam Thompson and a rotation
- Out the Wazoo: Anals of Great Baseball Writing
- They Might Also Approve "Emotion"
- Overheard at the Gym: Kershaw's Half of the Convo
- Name That Ballpark! Yep, Here's Your Chance
- Name That Team! Yep, Here's Your Chance
- Retrofitting Baseball to the Winter Olympics: A Brief Proposal
- Mystery Solved, Perhaps: Mystery Team Identified, Maybe
- Post-Kinsler, Darvish Adds Pitch to Repertoire
- Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment
- Baseball's Most Ridiculous Patented Equipment
- The Untold Story of Roberto Clemente's Plane Crash Litigation
- Burke Badenhop and The Rays' Infield Defense
earlier this week by acquiring right-hander Burke Badenhop from the Marlins for catcher prospect Jake Jefferies. In his work for MLB Trade Rumors, our own Matt Swartz projects Badenhop to earn $1.1
- Burke Badenhop: Sinkers, Shifts and PitchFX
Burke Badenhop and the Tampa Bay infield are a marriage made in ground-ball heaven. MLB’s league-average GB rate fluctuates around 44 percent, and the sinkerballing right-hander boasts a career mark
- FanGraphs Audio: Brian Burke, Advanced NFL Stats
The Perfect Running Back -- Built, Hypothetically!
Brian Burke, Advanced NFL Stats
Finally, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things.
- FanGraphs Audio: Brian Burke, Advanced NFL Stats
The NFL playoffs are a thing that is happening, and it's a well-known fact that Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats is the soundest, most rational voice on gridiron football in -- probably
- FanGraphs Audio: Brian Burke, Advanced NFL Stats
) and presents certain challenges for that reason. Brian Burke, the proprietor of said nerdly internet website, is the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related
- FanGraphs Audio: Brian Burke Analyzes All Football
Brian Burke is the proprietor of the internet's very excellent Advanced NFL Stats, itself roughly to football what FanGraphs is to baseball. He's also the guest on this edition
- Call John Buck
Since John Buck has the name of a Dodge City sheriff with nothing left to lose, it's somewhat fitting that he's a hero in real, actual life:
Buck ran to the overturned car and went to work
- John Jaso And Mountain Mantality
Tampa Bay Rays catcher and celebrated mustachioed gentle-man, John Jaso, was apparently on a mountain sometime recently.
Baseball and Internet's friend and associate, Fernando Perez, shared
- John Smoltz and ERA
All the Roy Halladay to Boston talk is centered around a line that goes something like this: “Off-season signings Brad Penny and John Smoltz have disappointed. Smoltz especially with a 7.04 ERA
- The Rise of the John Lackey Clause
When the Red Sox signed John Lackey as a free agent in December of 2009, they had some concern about an existing elbow injury, but not enough concern to walk away from the deal entirely. So
- Daily Graphing - John Patterson
After suffering various setbacks through out his career, John Patterson finally pitched his first full season in 2005 for the Washington Nationals. I guess you could say it was worth the wait, as he
- John Jaso is Free
." They jettisoned John Jaso and brought in Ryan Langerhans Mike Michael Morse. The fantasy impact has already been documented in these Rotographing pages. But I'd like to expand a little on Jaso.
First of all
- John Lackey Inks with Boston
A couple hours after reports surfaced stating the John Lackey was taking a physical with the Boston Red Sox, the rumors are now saying that a contract has been reached between the two. Jon Heyman
- John Lannan Demoted to AA
For two years, John Lannan looked like the luckiest man in baseball. In 2008, he struck out just 5.79 per nine and walked 3.56 per nine, yet still ended the year with a 3.91 ERA. His 4.79 FIP
- Interview: John Coppolella of the Braves
At the winter meetings this week, John Coppolella, the Braves Director of Baseball Administration, was kind enough to sit down with me and answer some questions about the Braves, his role on the team
- Marlins Ink John Buck
Dime stage of their careers. The conversation briefly, ever so briefly, centered on Loria’s sudden generosity yesterday when the team inked John Buck for three years and $18 million … then the team
- John Jaso is a Catcher First
find out that John Jaso is an asset with the bat and on the basepaths, it's no surprise that you can trace these things back to his training behind the plate.
Like when Jaso talks about his plate
- Introducing John Lannan
If you don't live in Washington D.C. and you actually know something about John Lannan, raise your hand. Don't worry hands-in-your-lappers, you're not alone. This nondescript lefty has snuck up
- John Danks: Ace?
season. That leaves John Danks, who has gotten off to a strong start this season. While he may not be a household name just yet, Danks has slowly developed into the White Sox best starter. If his
- John Grabow Gets Paid
According to Paul Sullivan, the Cubs will announce later today that they have re-signed John Grabow to a two-year contract. Previous reports have put the value of the deal at $7.5 million.
- John Ely's Changeup
John Ely, acquired from the White Sox in the Juan Pierre deal this offseason, has been a helpful addition to a Dodgers' rotation dealing with an injury to Vicente Padilla. Although Ely's ERA
- Strasburg Meets Tommy John
If you haven't heard yet, Stephen Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery, and is probably out until 2012. There's really one general reaction to this that everyone seems to be having - this sucks
- The New John Lackey
it this year and so is John Lackey. And Lackey's story might be the most interesting.
(Note: K% and BB% tell a similar story, the cut-offs are just harder to express and are not the real focus
- John Axford's Generous Tipping
We officially learned yesterday that John Axford had a tipping problem. Specifically, the Cardinals scouting staff noticed he had been tipping his pitches nearly the entire time they had scouted him
- Appreciating John Buck
If you polled 100 fantasy baseball owners a month ago and asked who would be the number one catcher through the first 10 games of the season, how many of them do you think would have said John Buck
- John Lackey is Relevant Again
Last season, John Lackey was selected as the 244th overall player in Yahoo! leagues according to Fantasy Pros. He wasn't auctioned frequently enough to show up on their auction values report, so we
- Daily Graphing - John Lackey
After winning game 7 of the World Series in 2002, John Lackey had two very mediocre seasons for the Angels. It was looking like 2005 might not be any different as he had an 8.27 ERA after his first
- John Patterson Retires
A cautionary tale to all of us never to under estimate the impact of injuries on a pitcher, John Patterson has retired from baseball after two surgeries and nearly three years were unable to rid him
- What to Make of John Lannan
to StatCorner's version of tRA, the starting rotation alone was nearly 100 runs below average. Our own measure of runs above replacement using FIP has the Nationals at roughly 62 runs below average.
- Free Agent John Lackey
Bay. On the mound, the closest thing to a superstar we have is John Lackey.
Recently, reports have come out linking Lackey to teams like the Brewers, Mariners, and Rangers, not to mention
- Appreciating John Jaso
John Jaso isn't much of a household name. A year ago, he was traded for felon-turned-reliever Josh Lueke, as the Rays decided that Jaso's deficiencies rendered expendable. The Mariners picked him
- The Next Tommy John?
approach. We just haven't seen one who has been able to limit the longball enough to make it work since Tommy John, who had a career 80 percent ball in play rate and a 3.38 FIP. I'm sure we'll see
- Tommy John for Tazawa
Greetings Fangraphians. I have awakened from my six-week Fangraphs slumber to bring you... analysis of Junichi Tazawa's surgery.
Last month, the Red Sox learned that Tommy John surgery would knock
- John Jaso? Really?
During the spring of 2011, John Jaso was near the top of a number of sleeper lists for fantasy catchers. His outstanding walk rate won him a place both in the heart of Rays manager Joe Maddon
- John Buck's New Approach
John Buck cannot be stopped. Buck was an afterthought in the mega Blue Jays/Mets deal that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto, but he's been the best player early on. In 66 plate appearances, Buck already
- John Farrell and Swapping the Skipper
Blue Jays manager John Farrell. Last year, the Red Sox tried to get Farrell until the Blue Jays were like, "wait, no." Now the Red Sox want Farrell again, and the Blue Jays are listening. Farrell's
- What's Wrong With John Axford?
John Axford is struggling. After blowing another save last night, the Brewers' closer is now tied for the league-lead with six blown saves. Over the last two seasons, Axford had emerged as one
- John Ely Impressing
This past off-season, the Los Angeles Dodgers shipped outfielder Juan Pierre to the Chicago White Sox for pitching prospects Jon Link and John Ely. Pierre is playing good D on the South Side, but his
- John Jaso: Unfairly Underrated?
After seven seasons spent meticulously climbing the Tampa organizational ladder, John Jaso finally got his first chance to play regularly in the bigs in 2010, and the then-26-year-old rookie catcher
- John Lackey: Waiver Wire
placed on the disabled list and wasn’t are few and far between.
I have no idea when in 2011 John Lackey tore his ulnar collateral ligament – if my life depended on guessing, I could talk myself
- Guy in John Franco Jersey Looks Like John Franco
NEW YORK -- Several riders of a Queens-bound 7 train confirmed Thursday the presence of a passenger not only wearing a John Franco jersey, but also matching the precise physical description
- Tommy John Surgery: Major Surgery
tissue from one body part and weaving it into another, it's something of a miracle that Tommy John surgery these days has a success rate even within sniffing distance of laser eye surgery. Of course
- John Mayberry Jr's Strikeout Rate
John Mayberry started the season in AAA for the Phillies and eventually got the call to the majors. He has been a pleasant surprise by hitting 15 home runs in only 275 PA. He had shown power
- John Axford Needs Your Help
Brewers ender of ballgames John Axford wants you to help him choose his entrance music. As we all know, a closer's entrance music is as vital to his success as his fastball and his morning muesli
- Photo: John Bowker Holding an Eel
It's not every day -- or even once, really -- that you see a professional base-and-ball player (in this case, former Giant and Pirate and Philly John Bowker) holding an eel. It's all a bit
- John Olerud's Hall of Fame Case
John Olerud is likely one of a multitude of players that doesn't pass the “feel test” for the Hall of Fame. He only made two all-star games, never won an MVP, and never even won a silver slugger
- John Buck Has a Big Night
Toronto Blue Jays catcher John Buck had a big night on Thursday, blasting three home runs against the Oakland As.
The graph doesn't really convey Buck's contribution (only showing two of his
- John Smoltz: The Smartest Man Alive
. Massholes, help a brother out: Were you there? Do you remember this incredible occasion?
I also can't help but wonder if John Smoltz had to do everything in his power to keep a straight face
- Nationals Trying To Trade John Lannan
Well, it looks like we finally have an aggressive suitor for Edwin Jackson. Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Nationals are trying to trade John Lannan - who just lost his arbitration case
- Streaming John Lannan and Chris Archer
others are in a similar situation, and after succeeding with Erasmo Ramirez last night I think John Lannan and Chris Archer are solid bets tonight.
Lannan is facing a struggling Dodgers team and has
- Post-Tommy John, Marcum Strong
Twins among AL squads. The grizzled veteran of the group is 28-year-old Shaun Marcum, who has impressed in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
In 125 innings pitched, Marcum has struck out
- Joel Hanrahan vs. John Axford
The consensus around the fantasy industry seems to be that John Axford is a top tier closer while Joel Hanrahan is more of a second tier guy. Among closers, Axford has been drafted third in standard
- John Jaso -- Putting the Postseason in Perspective
for looking at these inevitably tense battles as life and death. But they really aren’t. As seriously as we take the game of baseball, that is exactly what it is -- a game.
John Jaso understands
- An Appeal to John Hodgman, On Sport and Nerdom
Mr. John Hodgman,
I hope this letter finds you enjoying life, preferably in some manner of overstuffed chair, drinking one of the more expensive fermented beverages available legally
- President John Farrell's Resignation Speech
Over the past two years, we in Toronto had taken to calling John Farrell "President Farrell." Fine, it was mostly only me who called him "President Farrell," and I enjoyed it. Being a Canadian, I can
- Q&A: John Gordon, Broadcasting Legend
John Gordon will call his final game one week from today — an event that will mark the end of a broadcasting legacy in Minnesota.
The venerable play-by-play man has been the radio voice
- Tommy John to Have Miguel Sano Surgery
Tommy John's worst fears came true this weekend.
The highly-retired former pitcher has a tear in his U.S. work visa and will need Miguel Sano surgery. John will fly to the Dominican Republic
- John Barr: Scouting the Giants' Draft
. The Giants have a solid core of homegrown talent — with reinforcements on the way — and in recent years much of the credit goes to John Barr. A member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame, Barr
- Audio: A Totally Professional Conversation with John Axford
Both the present author and Brewers reliever John Axford are professionals in their respective fields. As a result, any and all conversations conducted between them are, by definition, professional
- John Kruk Is Having a Rough Morning
- John Axford Finishes Off Mexico
- Mustache Watch: John Axford Joins A Bike Gang
It has become apparent John Axford has recently joined or is petitioning for membership in the ever-popular bike gang the Hell's Brewers. His time-tested, well-feared facial hair arrangement tells us
- Evening Quiz: Rafael Betancourt or John Cage?
Below is an audio clip that is either an audio clip of an avant-garde work by late American composer John Cage or the result of an attempt by the author to record, this afternoon, a conversation
- Slideshow: Photos in Which John Kruk Is Definitely Sweating
populated by seven images in which former major-leaguer John Kruk is definitely sweating.
- FanGraphs Audio: John Jaso and Geoff Baker
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Mariners catcher John Jaso and Seattle Times beat writer Geoff Baker.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: John Sickels, Prospect Analyst to the Stars
John Sickels is a former research assistant to the actual Bill James, the author of a notable annual prospect book, and the proprietor of SB Nation site Minor League Ball. He's also
- John McGraw Is Grateful for the Silver Decanter, Baby Leopard
in his memory. That right-wise John McGraw, he was a Great Man of History!
The lesson, lads? One does not simply walk into Mordor. Unless one is John McGraw.
H/T: The lot of you, really.
- Mustache Watch: Ye Olde John Jaso
-season push with quality submissions such as the above-featured John Jaso.
In the presented image, we Jaso's mantastic face-stache displays some of its incredible flexibility, miming the governial
- Extry, Extry: John Lackey Not Unfeeling Monster
Every word on the internet to the contrary, the footage you see here seems to suggest that John Lackey -- who has recently not only divorced his cancer-addled wife but also called her repeatedly
- John Gibbons Is Getting Comfortable: North America Reacts
John Gibbons' return to managing the Toronto Blue Jays this past off-season was greeted with skepticism by some. After all, didn't he sink the ship five years ago? Why, with the Blue Jays re-making
- Audio: John Axford on Rumored Canadian Plot, Mustaches
The author had occasion Sunday -- during the Milwaukee Brewers' On Deck fanfest event -- to ask occasionally mustachioed and always Canadian John Axford three questions of considerable import. Below
- Mets Sign a Pair of Tommy John Survivors
Over the past two seasons, the biggest factor holding back the New York Mets has been injuries. Apparently undaunted by those injury concerns, the Mets signed a pair of pitchers coming off Tommy John
- Commercial: Alec Baldwin! John Krasinski! Hats!
Alec Baldwin and John Krasinski have at least two things in common that I can think of at the moment. One, they both star in pretty excellent examples of that most modern of art forms
- Just How Broken is John Axford, Really?
Henderson. Henderson allowed a little bit of damage, but he successfully slammed the door, picking up a save. Henderson pitched in part because John Axford threw 18 pitches on Sunday. Henderson pitched
- How Tommy John Surgery Helped George Kontos
Tommy John surgery might have been the best thing that could have happened to George Kontos. In 2009, the Giants' right-hander was in Triple-A for the first time, and he had the kind of stuff
- Nathan, Volquez, Zimmermann: Tommy John Surgery Returnees
Every year a dozen or so MLB pitchers need to have TJS (Tommy John surgery) done on their elbows. Today I will look at 3 of those pitchers (Joe Nathan, Jordan Zimmermann and Edinson Volquez) that had
- Means By Which John McGraw Reached Base
As a nation rages over the definition of sportsmanship and whether smiling is included in such, it's natural to reflect on the wisdom of John McGraw. Once, in the dark pre-internet ages
- Jarrod Parker On Tommy John Surgery and Sliders
, and then Jeff Zimmerman followed with a more statistically robust approach that backed up the general finding that the slider and curve are tough on the elbow. The fact that a Tommy John survivor
- Baker Undergoes Surprise Tommy John Surgery
is that the success rate for Tommy John surgery is now upward of 85-92 percent. The likelihood of returning to the big leagues in some capacity appears overwhelmingly positive. Most likely, though, his next big
- Phillies Find Back-End Bargain In John Lannan
National (and rival) John Lannan.
Lannan, as Phillies fans surely remember, started his big league career by breaking Chase Utley's hand with a pitch back in 2007. The bad blood has lingered
- Daily Graphing - Matt Murton & John Rodriguez
Typically when you think of the best sluggers in baseball, names like David Ortiz and Vladimir Guerrero come to mind. How about the Cubs' Matt Murton or the Cardinals' John Rodriguez? Probably
- John Axford & Brandon League: Buy Low Candidates
, but there’s no reason you can’t hoodwink an owner in May whose panicking over small sample sizes.
Of all the relievers with 10 or more saves John Axford and Brandon League have the highest ERAs
- Waiver Wire: John Danks and Logan Morrison
picking up injured players, but even the best of them are stashed on a team's disabled list far before they are ready to return. John Danks and Logan Morrison were injured to begin the year, but have
- Arodys Vizciano to Have Tommy John Surgery
The recent spat of injury news continued this morning, when the Braves announced that RHP Arodys Vizcaino was undergoing Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire 2012 season. Vizciano was rated
- Joakim Soria to Have Tommy John Surgery
This news was expected, but Bob Dutton confirms that Joakim Soria will have Tommy John Surgery on April 3rd and is going to miss the entire 2012 season. Given that the average recovery timetable
- Ryan Madson to Have Tommy John Surgery
The hits just keep on coming. Per Ken Rosenthal, Ryan Madson is the latest pitcher to need Tommy John surgery, and will be lost for the 2012 season. The falling dominos will push Sean Marshall
- Extry, Extry: John Henry Is Not in Your Tax Bracket
Though it contains little in the way of breaking news, Frank Dell'Apa's Boston Globe article about Boston owner John Henry's (pictured right) recent purchase of Liverpool FC does contain some
- John Maine's Slow Fastball, Quick Hook
Last night, New York Mets starter John Maine toed the rubber at Nationals Park. Washington leadoff hitter Nyjer Morgan stepped into the box. Maine tossed an 85 MPH fastball high. Ball one. An 83 MPH
- John Axford: the Cardinals’ newest reclamation project
On Friday the Cardinals acquired Brewers reliever John Axford for a player to be named later. While dominant in 2010 and 2011, Axford’s lackluster performance since 2012 has many Cardinals fans
- An Open Letter from John Ruskin to Baseball
of the creature, or a man of him, I tell you, O baseball heroes. You cannot make him both. And so it is that I ask you: which are you, pray tell? Which are you?
- Why Does John Hirschbeck Hate Left-Handers?
was fighting an uphill battle last night, because as a left-handed hitter in a game with John Hirschbeck behind the plate, he was screwed before he ever stepped up to the plate.
Via Brooks Baseball
- Pirates Trade John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny
Snell, Freddy Sanchez, Tom Gorzelanny, and John Grabow
Into these guys:
Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Gorkys Hernandez, Lastings Milledge, Joel Hanrahan, Eric Fryer, Casey Erickson, Argenis Diaz
- George Kottaras and John Jaso Walk a Lot
– or if by then he’ll be bored walking like Uncle Pennybags.
Speaking of radical happenings, John Jaso opened the season in Triple-A and yet there he was on the first weekend of June leading off while
- How John Buck's Deal Has Held Up
for a short span. The exception is John Buck, who signed a three-year, $18 million contract early in the free agency season. While the initial reaction pegged it as a poor deal, there was a chance
- Chris Parmelee & John Mayberry: Deep League Wire
for much more power than he has shown. But, his BABIP should rise a bit given a solid batted ball profile and increased playing time should boost all his counting stats.
John Mayberry | PHI 1B
- John Danks: The Left-Handed Edwin Jackson
and inserted themselves as sellers of pitching, and are rumored to be taking offers for both Gavin Floyd and John Danks. With Kenny Williams talking about rebuilding, moving one or both could make
- Can John Thorn Finally Erase Abner Doubleday?
Two days ago, Major League Baseball announced that it had hired John Thorn, an author and member of the Society for American Baseball Research, as its official historian. The position had been vacant
- John Dewan: Jeter vs Ryan and 10x10 Buckets
-named “The Fielding Bible” -- volume III is now available -- which was edited by John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec.
Dewan was a panelist at this year’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and between
- Felix Hernandez, John Jaso Outwit the Rays
Felix Hernandez's perfect game on Wednesday was a testament to both his excellent stuff, but also a well-deserved outcome for an excellent game plan executed by he and catcher John Jaso. A former Ray
- Photos in Which John Kruk Is Definitely Sweating
- Notable Facts from Pope John Paul II's Various Topps Cards
John Paul II's card from a 1988 Topps set released only in Europe.
The Topps Company has long made a practice of publishing notable facts about players on the reverse sides of their baseball cards
- FanGraphs Audio: Staying Totally Objective with Chris St. John
Chris St. John is the author of two of the most interesting baseball-related pieces from the past year-plus: first, a post at Beyond the Boxscore (a continuation of a series, in fact
- Mariners Reporter John Hickey Was All Over The Trade Deadline
be difficult on those in the media, but John Hickey of sportspressnw.com was all over it, not only on the site but at his twitter account too:
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All too often, we see analysis
- John Maine, "Habitual Liar" About Health, May Retire
On Monday, John Maine left the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, after posting a 7.43 ERA in 46 innings. Technically, he's trying to come back from a 2010 shoulder surgery which was intended to deal
- Adam Greenberg's Old Company; Or, a John Rheinecker Tale of Heartbreak
for Greenberg's at bat against R.A. Dickey, because I guess this is a strong enough link to justify bringing people together.
But we also have the case of John Rheinecker on June 28, 2006. Rheinecker
- It's Been a Year-Plus Since This Site Made a Jon/John Jay Joke
the same name.
So far as bailiwicks are concerned, this ought to be entirely within ours. John Jay was an 18th century politician. He was, in part, responsible for the Federalist Papers. A dorm