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"Yesterday’s online cause célèbre was an article in USA Today in which 3% of Nicholas Castellanos’s career was used to make...I really don’t know what the point was. I do know that no analyst I’ve ever taken seriously would use 108 at-bats to draw broad conclusions, and no analyst I’ve ever taken seriously would be surprised that Castellanos, a career .274/.324/.459 hitter with almost exactly those numbers this year for the Tigers, would hit .350 for a month. Nick Ahmed can hit .350 for a month. With a few weeks of training, Nicholas Sparks might hit .350 for a month."