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    Shouldn't we have a launch angle thread?

    Slate has an excerpt from a new book, The MVP Machine: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players It's very Red Sox focused, so some of this is familiar, but it gives a bit more depth than I've seen elsewhere.
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    2019 HOF Finalists

    Didn't see this posted, sorry if I missed it in another thread. FINALISTS (Not counting the senior/contributor nominees) Nice to see both Ty Law and Richard Seymour on the list, but I don't think they have much of a shot with shoo-ins like Gonzalez, Bailey, and Reed.
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    Levangie saw Machado stealing signs

    link Poor Dana Levangie.
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    Scouting the Dodgers - what do we need to know?

    I'm hoping that there's someone out there who has followed the time who can chime in here, but in the meantime, here are a few observations just from looking at the stats: - Don't be fooled by the 91-71 record. The lineup was far and away the best in the NL by fWAR (33.0; Cubs were second at...
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    Wright likely to miss ALDS/ALCS (knee)

    Well this sucks. https://www.mlb.com/redsox/news/steven-wright-knee-likely-off-alds-roster/c-297193954
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    Sox 2019 schedule

    Posted on MLB.com today. Looks like we get that West Coast road trip out of the way really early. (p.s. As of this second, I only see the schedule through June 13, but supposedly the full schedule is available somewhere.)
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    Meaningful or meaningless? Playoff odds discussion

    Fangraphs has the Nats at 57.5% to make the playoffs, which seems a bit high to me. They have Nats and Phils finishing at about the same records, while BP has the Phils likely to be five games ahead. Either way, there's nothing like a series against the Marlins to shake a team out of the doldrums.
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    The Dodgers [s]are[/s]were really, really good(?)

    [Splitting out from the MLB Game Thread] MLB.com has a nice stat-heavy piece on the 2017 Dodgers so far. Among the findings: ERA- is 4th best since 1920 27.4 percent hard-hit rate allowed, No. 1 in MLB 10.6 percent batting walk rate, highest in MLB, and 27.4 percent batting chase rate, second...
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    Usage-adjusted starting pitcher stats

    Last night's box score says that Doug Fister pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing 2 runs (both earned) and 5 hits (1 HR) throwing 108 pitches. The box score is lie. What Doug Fister actually did can be best described as two completely separate things: Thing 1. Fister threw seven scoreless innings...
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    Is Washington, DC now the most cursed sports city in America?

    [Not sure if this is the right forum, mods feel free to move.] Until last year Cleveland was the undisputed worst city for sports. I think everyone pretty much knows the Indians/Browns/Cavs legacy of failure lasting for decades. But that run ended with the Cavs championship last year. At the...
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    Goose Eggs: fixing the save stat and reliever usage

    A double-goose game?
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    Verizon will "get out of the email business"

    ...and will be migrating people to AOL Mail? Is this a bad April Fool's Joke or WTF? verizon.com/email
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    Hall of Fame class of 2017

    Semifinalists announced, Ty Law is on the list again -- I wonder if he'll make the cut this time. I'd say Terrell Owens and Jason Taylor are definites. At least one of the safeties, not sure which. Mawae or Faneca or Boselli on OL?
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    NOTO

    Any font geeks here? I'm curious to hear any reactions to this. https://www.wired.com/2016/10/meet-noto-googles-free-font-800-languages/
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    Looking back at the 2011 NFL Draft

    Great WPost article article today. I think we're going to hear a lot more about this when we get to this year's draft. In short, everyone knows that it takes a good five years before you can evaluate the success of a draft. So take a quick look back at the top two picks of the draft five...
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    Burning bridges, a.k.a. the relocation thread

    Rams owner Stan Kroenke tears into St. Louis in their relocation application. Per WPost:
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    Offseason hirings & firings

    Matt Williams out as Nationals' manager, per washingtonpost.com   No surprise there.
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    The AL Least

    As of July 9: 1. NYY 46-39 2. BAL 43-42 3. TOR 44-44 4. TAM 43-45 5. BOS 41-45   Baltimore, Toronto, and Tampa have won six games in the last week and a half...combined.   -Baltimore is coming off a 1-5 road trip against Chicago and Minnesota. -Toronto is on a 2-5 road trip against Detroit and...
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    A 2016 thread

    We interrupt this teeth-gnashing and hair-pulling about 2015 to bring you this dose of optimism...     I am genuinely excited about 2016.  We have two elite players in the infield, lots of young, improving talent, and plenty of payroll being freed up from Napoli and Victorino's expiring...