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Who Was the Best Pitcher of the 1960s?

The 1960s. The Decade of the Pitcher. The Second Deadball Era. Thirty wins for the first time since Dizzy Dean. Modern-record ERA of 1.12. We all know the story. 1,019 more words

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Signature Skills: That One Thing That Makes a Player Famous

When I say “Roberto Clemente” one of the first things you’re likely to think of is his renowned throwing arm. Always cited as the best ever. 1,694 more words

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Baseball's Dirty Word

The term “compiler” has always bothered me. It’s used to disparage certain players for wanting to continue playing baseball. Can you imagine that? Wanting to continue playing baseball, a crime?! 775 more words

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Is It Going to Be Drafty in the HoME?

For us fans the baseball draft is about dreaming. When your team drafts Lefty McFastball number one, you imagine him winning 20 every year, hoisting the World Series trophy, and retiring with 300 victories. 2,025 more words

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Positional MVPs, All-Stars, Starters, and Surprises

Sometimes I just like to play around with numbers. So what I did was look at my data at each position to see which players had the most MVP-level seasons (8 WAR), the most All-Star-level seasons (5 WAR), and the most seasons at the level of a starter (2 WAR), with my adjustments included, of course. 1,779 more words

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Fair AND Balanced? What the heck is positional balance?

They say you can never have enough pitching. But the Hall of Miller and Eric can’t be all pitching. Those pitchers need a catcher after all! 1,193 more words

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Walk This Way, Or Don't

A reader, Geoff, asked recently what player had the greatest difference between his career batting average and his career on base percentage. Naturally, he was asking about players with relatively long careers. 1,010 more words

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