Monthly Archives: August 2013

But did they cheat me?

It is a bit curious to witness so much fan and media outrage over baseball’s continuing performance-enhancing drug (PED) scandal, and yet feel so disinterested. My disinterest, which others may share, stems not from any curse-upon-your-houses anger at players (I … Continue reading

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Three progressive positions that don’t benefit from popular education

It is a common refrain on both the left and right of the political spectrum: If only people knew more about the issue, they would agree with my position. The left side of the political spectrum – let’s call ourselves … Continue reading

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The war on drugs, incarceration, and the murder rate

Mandatory minimum drug sentences for non-violent offenders are unfair, unpopular and unaffordable, but they may have prevented many minor drug offenders from becoming homicide victims. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has decided to advise federal prosecutors to charge low-level drug offenders … Continue reading

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The disappeaing Intentional Walk

Given the historic and unprecedented rise in strikeout frequency in Major League Baseball, On-Base Percentage is diminishing. During the Home Run Era, league average OBP never went below .330. In 2010, it went down to .325 and slipped below the … Continue reading

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The Era of Strikeouts

This is the era of strikeouts in Major League Baseball. The simple most obvious trend in MLB is the rising rates of strikeouts per team per game. Including this season, the five seasons with the most strikeouts in baseball history … Continue reading

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Why no more big sluggers?

If home-run frequency last year was not that far below some years of the Home-Run era, why are players no longer hitting 60-70+ home-runs per year? To make a direct comparison, in 1998 the league hit 1.04 home-runs per team … Continue reading

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