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If the World Series is on national television, but “no one” watches, does Tim McCarver make a sound? In a very well presented video essay, ESPN’s Keith Olbermann became the latest to lament the gradual decline in World Series ratings that has occurred over the last four decades. In particular, Olbermann points to the nearly […]

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Tom Verducci has struck again. In an effort to pound home his theory that baseball’s decline in offense is in large part related to the more patient approach adopted by modern hitters, the senior SI columnist has once again run the numbers and, despite evidence to the contrary, run wild with his conclusions. Last month, […]

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Biogenesis has become the latest scarlet letter in Major League Baseball. Like BALCO before it, simply being mentioned in the same sentence has become the equivalent of a conviction. However, this guilt by association is without due process. Unlike BALCO, which became a household name only after federal authorities raided the Bay Area lab, criminal […]

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Hall of Fame voters have taken character into account since the very first election, but, ultimately, it has rarely been given significant weight, at least not on many ballots. However, the issue of performance enhancing drugs is more than just a question of morality. Authenticity, not personal integrity, seems to be the driving force behind […]

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The Blue Jays have almost single handedly kept the baseball hot stove burning in November. The team’s busy off season coalesced yesterday as Toronto’s blockbuster trade with the Marlins was approved, the signing of Melky Cabrera was finalized and the selection of John Gibbons as the team’s new manager (again) was revealed. The flurry of […]

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Baseball fans and writers are an impatient lot. Instead of letting the 162-game schedule run its course, many can’t resist skipping ahead to the end by drawing conclusions based on “if the season ended today”. The latest example of this rush to judgment comes from ESPN’s Wallace Matthews, who, based on the team’s first 50 […]

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Was Andy Pettitte’s less than perfect recollection while testifying last week during the Roger Clemens’ perjury trial a genuine lapse in his memory, or a concerted effort to help his friend beat the wrap? Although lawyer-turned-blogger Craig Calcaterra did a good job demonstrating that Pettitte did not flip flop on the stand, that didn’t stop […]

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