Showing posts with category "mlb"

What is New with MLB in 2022?

With a preliminary deal reached between the MLB and MLBPA, the 2022 season of baseball may now commence. For the 2022 MLB season, there will be a slew of

August 15, 2022
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Sports "Codes" and Society

Big League Stew recently posted an article from Jason Turbow on "The 'Code': Ten Unwritten Baseball Rules," drawing from his book, The Baseball Codes.  He

August 14, 2022
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mlb

MLB Umps Not so Color Blind?

The racial bias analysis of strikes-balls decisions of MLB umps by UT-Austin professor Daniel Hamermesh and coauthors (Parsons, Sulaeman, Yates) has generated

August 12, 2022
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mlb

MLB Lockout Set to Delay Start of the Season: This Is How You Cope

If you are a keen baseball fan, then you might know all about the union dispute between the players and the MLB league that has led to a lockdown that has brought major league baseball to a halt.Th...

August 18, 2022
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mlb

Why MLBPA Slow to Protect Non-Users?

Milwaukee Brewer Ryan Braun surpised the baseball world this week by admitting his use of steroids and accepting a suspension.  Of course, after failing a

August 12, 2022
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mlb

Steroid Use and HOF Debate Heats Up

This afternoon, MLB.com posted the results of this year's Hall of Fame balloting.  This has been an ongoing interest of mine partly because of the hotly

August 15, 2022
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mlb

MLB Umps: Evaluated but not Incentivized

The egregiously poor call against in the Yankees-Orioles game when Mark Texeira slid into first base throws attention back on to several issues with MLB

August 14, 2022
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mlb

Playoff Roulette

Jeffrey Beckmann at BleacherReport presents a slideshow of the "50 Best Teams" not to win a World Series.  Of the teams on this side of 1950, the 1996 Braves

August 11, 2022
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major league baseball

Pitch Til You Lose

Game 1 of the ALCS between the Tigers and Yankees  once again spotlighted the flaws in the use of MLB "closers."  I've written about the topic in How Much v.

August 16, 2022
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manager efficiency

The World is Not Enough

Ryan Jazayerli at Grantland offers a thorough and insightful survey of the demise of the Astros in "Rock Bottom in H-Town." Many turns to the story -- hiring

August 17, 2022
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major league baseball

How Much v. How Well -- Michael Jordan as "6th Man"?

In 1968, Gates Brown hit .450 as a pinch hitter and .370 in total with an OPS of 1.12.  Yet, Brown did not register in the year end MVP voting.  His AL record

August 16, 2022
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major league baseball

Something for Everybody: MLB's Mechanism Design

Continuing my recent Yankees theme ... in a curiously long post on his blog, SI writer Joe Posnanski considers the effect of MLB's playoff structure on the

August 11, 2022
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mlb