MLB 2015 Preview: American League West

Kyle Seager and the Mariners are poised to take the division. MARINERS Time after time, Seattle makes head-scratching maneuvers, but those maneuvers have finally built a team that (in the short term) is a contender. Seattle signed DH Nelson Cruz to a 4-year, $58MM contract in the offseason. That is not an insane amount of

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Second Graders, Baseball Men

1987 Varsity Tavern, Perry Heights Baseball Association champs Every year as baseball season begins anew, I think back to my first baseball club, a tee-ball team in Perry Township (Ohio), and to the euphoria of playing the game for the first time. In 1986, 13 boys, just finishing first grade, met at Whipple Elementary for the

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MLB 2015 Preview: American League East

Edwin Encarnacion at first base, where Ty Whetstone can almost stomach it. BLUE JAYS Toronto made a big splash in the offseason by adding 3B Josh Donaldson (trade with Oakland) and C Russell Martin (free agent). Though the Jays are projected to win the division, some mitigating factors limit the greatness of these deals. Brett

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MLB 2014 Preview: National League East

After coming up short in 2013, will the Nationals slide past their rivals and retake the NL East title in ’14? NATIONALS The Nationals won 86 games last year but were a big disappointment. Considering the history of the Expos/National, this seems to be contradictory, but things have come together recently for this club and

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Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI – The Latest Book from Brian Tuohy

Today, author Brian Tuohy contributes a guest column about his research for the new book, Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI (2013). It will be released on September 3, 2013 but is available for pre-order now. Gambling with Your Life is a movie you’ll never see. Produced by the NBA in association

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The Hallmarks of Quality Metrics

In a previous article I discussed some of the shortcomings of OPS as an advanced metric, which naturally leads to the question: “What are the characteristics of good advanced metrics?” While the relative importance of each criterion is debatable (the list that follows is in no particular order), the considerations should be relatively non-controversial. I’ve

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Performance-Based Pay for PED Policy Violators

PED Policy Violators Should Be Subject to Performance-Based Pay Major League Baseball has made significant progress in reducing the influence of performance-enhancing drugs on the game. Improved methods of testing, increased frequency of testing, and stiffer penalties for positive tests have all contributed. Cooperation from the MLB Players Association (driven by the long-awaited realization that

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Strength of Schedule at the All-Star Break

Over the last twenty years, MLB implemented a number of changes to the playoff structure and schedule. Among these, interleague play and the wildcard are the most noticeable to the typical fan. One change that can be overlooked is the unbalanced schedule, which with the advent of year-long interleague play in 2013 has become even

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Shortcomings of OPS as an Advanced Metric

Regular contributor Patriot makes his SDR debut with a column about OPS. To many in the general population of baseball fans, the singular metric associated with sabermetrics might be On Base Plus Slugging (OPS).  OPS has gained a measure of acceptance in the mainstream as an offensive metric in both its raw form and the

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