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Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is […]

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Was the CBA process hijacked from the players? Are payrolls likely to stagnate? And, is the deal so one-sided that the seeds of future discord have already been sewn? All of these assessments are based on the premise that the new CBA will discourage spending, but is that true? As illustrated yesterday, the additional penalties imposed […]

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All data is updated as of the end of the 2016 World Series. One of baseball’s most often repeated axioms states that, although home runs work just fine in the regular season, once the calendar turns to October, small ball becomes a more effective method for scoring runs. This mantra is proclaimed with such certainty […]

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Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good. Or, in the case of the 2016 Texas Rangers, it’s even better to be good at getting lucky. 2016 Pythagorean Differential (Actual minus Expected Winning Percentage) Source: Baseball-reference.com data, proprietary calculations Based on run differential, the Rangers should have been a .500 team, not the 95-win juggernaut […]

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Despite providing instant gratification, debilitating long-term deals have forced the Yankees into a prolonged period of mediocrity. That’s the argument the organization has used to explain its relative underinvestment in the team, and which many fans and most in the media have adopted as infallible, conventional wisdom. Unfortunately, all of the available evidence contradicts that […]

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Gary Sanchez should be the Yankees’ biggest concern heading into 2017. Sounds absurd, right? After all, what trouble could come from a catcher who hits like Babe Ruth and throws like Johnny Bench? The trouble with Gary Sanchez isn’t the catcher himself, but the degree to which his unprecedented performance may be overshadowing the significant […]

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Flags fly forever, and nowhere have more championship banners been hoisted than at Yankee Stadium. This year, however, the flag flying in the Bronx is a white one. With the Yankees fresh off their first in-season surrender in nearly a quarter-century, there has been a lot of focus on how well Brian Cashman performed at […]

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