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Archive for December, 2012

2012 was the year of the strikeout. Last season, more hitters slumped back to the dugout than at any point in the modern era, continuing a recent trend that has seen strikeout rates rise significantly over the past few years. The rate of strikeouts has ebbed and flowed over baseball’s long history, usually reversing course […]

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Update: Please click here for comments from Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson regarding consideration of Japanese League statistics in evaluating a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. Hideki Matsui will best be remembered for his seven years in pinstripes, but his last three seasons bouncing around the American League could turn out to be among the […]

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Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead. But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change.- Ebenezer Scrooge, from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Nick Swisher’s departure from the Yankees had become a forgone conclusion, but the timing just before Christmas made the news like a […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstriped Bible) Las Vegas has installed Toronto as the early favorite to win the World Series, but in order for the Blue Jays to simply win the A.L. East, the team will need to undergo a historic improvement. Meanwhile, in the Bronx, there has been uncharacteristic pessimism. In fact, some have suggested […]

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that baseball players are an inflationary commodity (click here for a yearly progression of highest paid players), but for those who need proof, baseball-reference.com has significantly bolstered its salary database with the addition of information from Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse. Dr. Haupert obtained his data by […]

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Even before obtaining reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets, the Blue Jays could boast of an impressive offseason shopping spree. Earlier in the winter, the team bolstered its pitching staff by acquiring Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson from the Marlins, and then propped up the offense by signing outfielder Melky Cabrera. […]

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(The following was originally published at SB*Nation’s Pinstriped Bible) If George Steinbrenner were alive today, no one would be talking about how much money the Los Angeles Dodgers are spending. A popular meme surrounding the Yankees revolves around comparing how the team is being operated now to the modus operandi that prevailed under the Boss. Usually, […]

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