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Which players preceded Jason Kipnis in breaking in with a bang?

A few days ago, Jason Kipnis got his first major-league hit in grand fashion—a game-winning RBI single. I posed this question on Twitter: What is the best first hit ever? I got a few responses, including Will Clark, Jason Heyward, and Adam Wainwright, all players whose first major-league hit was a home run.  But just going by memory of the event isn’t good enough for me. What if we look at Win Probability Added (WPA) instead? At Baseball-Reference, WPA is defined as “given average teams, this is the change in probability of the eventual winner winning the game from the start of this play to the end of the play.”

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Roger Clemens' mistrial prompts some thoughts on steroids from Chris' inner seven-year-old.

Today, Roger Clemens’ perjury trial was declared a mistrial, due to some evidence added by the prosecution that was already deemed inadmissible. Apparently. That’s what Craig Calcaterra tells me, and I trust him. I know basically nothing about courtroom stuff, besides what I learned at Boys State and a fake trial in Social Studies class in 9th grade*. But I do know I have some thoughts about Roger Clemens.

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An interactive visual look at Derek Jeter's first 2,998 (and counting) hits.

This interactive graphic will allow you to look up nearly anything you want about Derek Jeter’s hits. Each circle at the top of the graphic represents one of his hits. The size of the circle correlates to the value of the hit (singles are small, home runs are big), while the color throughout the graphic represents average leverage index (how “clutch” a situation the hit came in).

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A new Nationals manager: the Cliffs Notes version.

On June 23rd, 2011, Jim Riggleman resigned from his post as the Washington Nationals manager, convinced he wasn’t in the Nationals’ long-term plans. The Nationals didn’t look far for his eventual replacement, spending the three games bench coach John McLaren ran the team working out the details of front office consultant Davey Johnson’s return to the dugout after a hiatus of nearly 11 years. Johnson will manage the Nationals for the rest of the season and has an option to return for 2012, according to MASN. At whatever point he is done with managing, he will stay in the Nationals front office to help hire his successor.

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