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March 4, 2011

What You Missed

2/28-3/4

by Stephani Bee

Here at Baseball Prospectus, we are dedicated to providing you with oodles of cutting-edge sabermetric analysis and keeping our finger on the pulse of the baseball world. With a slew of daily articles, it’s easy for one piece to get lost in the shuffle or for you to overlook a post while you’re busy hiding your monitor from your boss. Just in case this happens to be your situation, here’s what you might have missed this week at BP.

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Monday

Sad news broke on Sunday afternoon when it was announced that Duke Snider, one of Roger Kahn and the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Boys of Summer, died at age 84. Monday, Jay Jaffe broke down the Hall of Famer’s road to the majors, detailed his illustrious major-league career, and highlighted the time he nearly walked away from the game.

  • Spring training’s arrival means that hope is in the air; teams are turning that metaphoric new page, and even the Pirates and their fans can speak optimistically about their chances of winning for an entire month. But honestly, do all clubs have a legit shot at post-season glory? Tommy Bennett is on the case.
  • With all of the glum day-after chatter about James Franco and Anne Hathaway’s Oscar hosting performances, there was a definite need for a pick-me-up. Christina Kahrl seized the opportunity to go Hollywood and find 10 examples of baseball movies that should be made.

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Many clubs keep their moundsmen on strict pitch counts to preserve their golden arms. Some guys can find new life after 100 pitches, but others have a significant dropoff in velocity late in games. Jeremy Greenhouse delved deeper into this phenomenon, arguing that pitchers should be taken out at the 100-pitch mark.
  • It is usually those who are anointed “Staff Ace” that get tabbed for Opening Day assignments. Ben Lindbergh points out sometimes that designation is premature as, more often than not, those who start the first game of the season do not wind up as a team’s most valuable hurler.

Friday

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 Have a wonderful weekend, take in a few ballgames, and maybe even venture outside if the weather permits. We’ll see you again on Monday!  

Stephani Bee is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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