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June 20, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Forty and Fabulous

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David Pinto

Clemens, Maddux, Johnson, Moyer...it's a great time to be an ancient hurler in the majors. David looks into why that is.

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June 13, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Getting to the Truth

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A proposal on how to real shut the door on the steroid era, and perhaps even learn something from it.

While performance enhancing drugs (or PEDs) have caused a great deal of controversy over the last ten seasons, they have also helped bridge the divide between owners and players--both sides have agreed that they want drugs out of the game. This led to the MLBPA and MLB working together to modify the CBA to improve testing and punishment.

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June 6, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Graying Offenses

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How has player age changed over time, and why is 2007 the year of the old player?

No doubt about it, hitters are getting older. A little over two months into 2007, the average age per plate appearance sits just below the all-time high achieved in 1945, when most young men were off fighting World War II. Why is age going up among hitters, and what are the implications for baseball?

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May 30, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Dynamic Pricing

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David Pinto

A little economic creativity could help teams capture more revenue while making the live baseball experience cheaper for fans.

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May 23, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: More Alignments

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Variations on a theme are on David's mind, as he proposes other possibilities in more sensibly structured divisions.

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David expands on his five-division realignment plan.

The previous column on rearranging the majors into five six-team divisions elicited many favorable comments and a number of questions and suggestions. The main questions concerned how to arrange the divisions and how to schedule the season. This article addresses those issues.

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May 9, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Rescheduling

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David Pinto

A radical solution that will solve all of MLB's scheduling problems.

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May 2, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Run Optimum

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Uncovering the game's optimum figure for run-scoring, and maintaining the precious balance between pitcher and hitter, is crucial for the game's health.

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April 25, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: If You Win, They Will Come

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David Pinto

The volatility introduced into the game in the thirty years since the advent of free agency has resulted in increased attendance throughout major league baseball.

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April 18, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture

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David Pinto

David addresses some reader feedback about why attendance has increased.

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April 11, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture

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David Pinto

What's driven the game's growth? And what has hurt it?

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April 4, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture

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David Pinto

New contributor David Pinto outlines the philosophy of his column, which will delve into the issues of what makes teams, leagues, and the game in general more healthy.

When Nate Silver contacted me about writing for Baseball Prospectus, I was both flattered and scared. I'm a two paragraph blogger who dabbles in research. Yes, I like to play with probability models and defensive play-by-play statistics, but I couldn't imagine coming up with something new every week. What could I add to this fine site?

However, I attended a sports business conference in February, and as noted at the time, Bill James talked about something different:

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