Monthly Archives: March 2014

Steroids Hysteria – The Sound of a Skillset Being Rendered Obsolete

The internet. Blogs. Online baseball databases, and cyber communities of like-minded fans and analysts. A bunch of factors facilitated the growth of a new sort of baseball writing. * Many of these analytical baseball writers start out as complete outsiders. They … Continue reading

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Dempster, A-Rod, and Shaughnessy

I watched this game of August 18th last year. I was with my kids. It was tough to watch. Ryan Dempster was throwing at Alex Rodriguez’s head. The game was in Boston, so the fans were rather supportive of this. The … Continue reading

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The Sad State of Nutrition Science, continued

I don’t suppose we should hold James Hamblin responsible for the terrible headline – Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner is Real Food. Science, of course, is not a unitary body, and it can’t be usefully said to do anything, … Continue reading

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But did they cheat me? Part III

To quickly recap, PED use in baseball appears on its surface to be a matter of incentives (which have changed), and a problem that never undermined fan confidence that players were trying as hard as they could to succeed and … Continue reading

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Meat, overall mortality, and cancer risk: Seeing the link, regardless

You may have seen the study – recently reported on in the Washington Post (they get interested in population/cohort health studies a couple of times a year) – that says that a meat-rich, higher-protein diet in middle age is associated … Continue reading

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