Are the Reds swinging at everything?
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Are the Reds swinging at everything?

Plate discipline was the crux of Moneyball. While Billy Beane’s now famous front office targeted players who could control the strike zone, Beane lamented how difficult it was for major leaguers to develop plate discipline. The A’s thought that players developed their strike zone recognition early in life, perhaps as young as high school. Due to … Continue reading

37 Games of Eugenio Suarez
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37 Games of Eugenio Suarez

Eugenio Suarez is confusing. While with the Tigers, Suarez flashed enough potential in the minor leagues to become Detroit’s everyday shortstop after Jose Iglesias sustained stress fractures in both legs. In 277 plate appearances, Suarez slashed .242/.316/.336 in 2014. The aggregate numbers mask the amount of variation in Suarez’s 2014 campaign: in June he slashed .279/.364/.485 but in September … Continue reading

You’re Outta Here! … Oh, you’re just challenging a call. Does replay cut down on ejections?
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You’re Outta Here! … Oh, you’re just challenging a call. Does replay cut down on ejections?

The dramatic, energized, and sometimes even violent nature of baseball ejections creates a spectacle that few other sports can offer. Indeed, baseball umpires have tossed more players and coaches than the other three major North American sports, combined. Yet has MLB’s use of instant replay robbed (or saved, depending how you view ejections) baseball of one … Continue reading