Friday, August 14, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 14, 2020 -- "The Brewers' Lost Moment"

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"Ten months past that moment, the Brewers are 7-10, and they look every bit of it. The MVP is still around, if starting slowly. The star center fielder, the defensive anchor, has opted not to play through the pandemic any more. Hader is still doing what he does, but he’s pitched just four innings in 17 games, a testament to the Brewers’ lack of important moments thus far."

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 12, 2020 -- "Extra Innings"

 

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"Entertainment value cannot be the only measure of an idea, even in a spectator sport. The integrity of the competition has to matter, and placing a runner on second to start innings in extras is deleterious to the integrity of the competition. We know this in part because MLB has said so itself: MLB will not use the rule in the postseason, because the league recognizes that it’s a gimmick unfit for deciding a championship."
 
 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 10, 2020 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

 

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 "If there’s a player in this era who might go on to be a Hall of Famer and still be underrated, it’s Acuña. He arrived during Peak Trout, and he may already be getting passed from behind by Fernando Tatis, Jr. He does just about everything on the field, although he’s more a right fielder than a center fielder defensively, and he may need to cut down his swing-and-miss at some point. He’ll play this whole season at 22 -- he’s about five months younger than Luis Robert -- and will start populating the lower reaches of those 'most WAR by age X' lists we spent the last decade making for Trout. In a baseball moment loaded with fun players, Acuña shouldn’t be overlooked."


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 6, 2020 -- "8.1 Seconds"

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"From the moment Kenley Jansen started his motion, to the moment Will Smith swept a tag onto the back of Trent Grisham, the clock ticked 8.1 seconds. That’s a few sneezes. It’s the time it takes to remember where you left your water bottle. It’s the time it takes to have a fleeting thought about that one ex who never quite left your mind.

"It’s the time it takes to remind you that this is the greatest sport ever invented."

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 5, 2020 -- "Shohei Ohtani"

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"Shohei Ohtani isn’t a two-way player. He hasn’t been since 2016, no matter how much he wants to be or how much fans want him to be. The effort to become a two-way player is ruining a career that could be so much more than it has been so far. There’s a MLB superstar within Ohtani, whose incredible athleticism is wasted in a bat-only role, but he’ll only ever realize it if he picks one side of the ball and sticks with it."


Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 4, 2020 -- "A 2020 Perspective"

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"We have to detach from our usual thinking. There is no small-sample-size police in 2020. Ten games? That’s 17% of the season, and more importantly, it leaves just 50 games to go. So much of the framing coming into the 60-game schedule looked at it as the first 60 games of a season. (Did you know the Nationals started 19-31 last year?) We’re in it now, though, and once you’re in it, it looks a lot more like the last 60 games of the season. Everyone started 51-51, go play ball."