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06-29

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Short Relief: Small Blessings of Baseball
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Nathan Bishop, Patrick Dubuque and David Temple

06-28

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Cold Takes: The Need For (More Than) Speed
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Patrick Dubuque

06-23

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Cold Takes: Shadows Stretching Across the Field
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Patrick Dubuque

06-22

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Short Relief: A Box Full of Things to Fill Holes and Other Stories
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David Temple and Patrick Dubuque

06-20

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Short Relief: The Logical Continuation of Jesus Montero, and Fallacies Among Follicles
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Kate Preusser and Patrick Dubuque

06-16

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Short Relief: The Zone Not Taken and Other Works
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

06-15

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Long Relief: The Baseball Card Pose Power Rankings
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Patrick Dubuque

06-14

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Short Relief: Scouting Reports from the Near Future, and Newly Released Sufjan Stevens Album Details
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Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

06-09

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Cold Takes: The Average of Everything (Else)
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Patrick Dubuque

06-09

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Short Relief: Detrimental Diamondbacks Games, and an Apology
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Matt Sussman and Patrick Dubuque

06-02

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Short Relief: Another Mascot Firing, and the Oppposite of Schadenfreude
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

06-01

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Cold Takes: The Average of Everything
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Patrick Dubuque

05-31

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Short Relief: On Fighting, Friendship, and Negotiation
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Patrick Dubuque, Jason Wojciechowski and Nathan Bishop

05-24

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Short Relief: Votto's Insult Comedy, Weaver's Embarrassment Comedy, and Nancy's Achievement
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Jason Wojciechowski, Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

05-22

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Short Relief: Witnessing Assault, Keeping a Journal, and Mixing Baseball and Board Games
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Meg Rowley, Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

05-17

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Short Relief: How to Keep Score and Analyze Outfielders
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Patrick Dubuque and Meg Rowley

05-16

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Cold Takes: Mike Zunino Has Them Right Where He Wants Them
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Patrick Dubuque

05-15

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Short Relief: On Phillies Closers and Yankees Authors
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Holly Wendt, Trevor Strunk and Patrick Dubuque

05-12

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Short Relief: How to Grip a Pitch, Ruin a Career, or Compare Someone to Tony Gwynn
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Patrick Dubuque, Mary Craig and Matt Sussman

05-10

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Short Relief: First Pitches and Final Farewells
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Nathan Bishop, Emma Baccellieri and Patrick Dubuque

05-09

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Cold Takes: The Best of All Possible Jeffrey Leonards
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Patrick Dubuque

05-08

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Long Relief: Around the Glacier
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Patrick Dubuque

05-05

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Cold Takes: Reconciling the Outliers
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Patrick Dubuque

05-04

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Short Relief: Short Cuts
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Zack Moser, David Temple and Patrick Dubuque

04-28

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Cold Takes: The Natural Conclusion of Baseball Statistics
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Patrick Dubuque

04-26

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Short Relief: Two Science Fiction Short Stories
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Patrick Dubuque and Nathan Bishop

04-24

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Short Relief: Of Sad Lexicons and Sad Hardware
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

04-20

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Short Relief: The End of Cy Young and the Statcast TV Guide
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Patrick Dubuque and Zack Moser

04-19

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Cold Takes: How to Attack Baseball's Weakest Hitters
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Patrick Dubuque

04-14

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Transaction Analysis: Franklin and Stash
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Bryan Grosnick and Patrick Dubuque

04-10

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Cold Takes: Do You Know This Man?
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Patrick Dubuque

04-10

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Short Relief: High Noon, Phantom Pain, and Failure Versus Success
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Holly Wendt, Patrick Dubuque and Trevor Strunk

04-07

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Short Relief: Love of Elevation, The Sultan of Statcast, and An 8-Bit Scouting Report
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Matt Sussman, Mary Craig and Patrick Dubuque

04-03

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Cold Takes: Everything is Unlikely
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Patrick Dubuque

03-30

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Short Relief: Machado's Sublimity, A Past-Life Scorecard, And A Dark Tale
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Zack Moser, Martin Alonso and Patrick Dubuque

03-29

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Short Relief: Spring Dismissals, Veteran Expletives, and JaCobies Jones
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James Fegan, Nathan Bishop and Patrick Dubuque

03-27

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Prospectus Feature: Christian Bethancourt and Fun
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Meg Rowley and Patrick Dubuque

03-27

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Short Relief: Talking (And Not Talking) Baseball
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Holly Wendt and Patrick Dubuque

03-24

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Cold Takes: Always Tell Me the Odds
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Patrick Dubuque

03-22

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Short Relief: L'Essene du Danks / The Last Show
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Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-21

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Short Relief: Fielding as Metaphor, Teams as Monsters, and Sumo Suits as Disguises
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Patrick Dubuque, Bryan Grosnick and Emma Baccellieri

03-16

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Looking Back on Tomorrow: Oakland Athletics
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Patrick Dubuque

03-15

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Short Relief: Tales of Cubs Fans, Extroverts, and 1987 Topps
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Nathan Bishop, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-13

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Short Relief: Fallen Heroes, Anonymous Foot Soldiers, and Dale Sveum
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Holly Wendt, Mo Bjonski and Patrick Dubuque

03-07

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Cold Takes: How Computers Killed a Sport
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Patrick Dubuque

03-07

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Short Relief: Opening One's Heart, Calculating Existence Odds, and a Correction
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Emma Baccellieri, Jason Wojciechowski and Patrick Dubuque

03-06

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Short Relief: Perfect Numbers, Lying Numbers, and Fraudulent Pitchers
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Patrick Dubuque, Trevor Strunk and Holly Wendt

03-02

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Transaction Analysis: Bourn on a Hill
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Matthew Trueblood and Patrick Dubuque

02-27

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Cold Takes: How to Kill the Strikeout
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Patrick Dubuque

02-23

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Cold Takes: A Single Ray of Hope
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Patrick Dubuque

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Nathan on waiting for spring, Patrick on an unexpected bonus of replay, and David on going to SABR.

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Brian McCann lives his life 23.4 feet per second at a time.

Yesterday, Statcast released the comprehensive leaderboards for its newest metric: Sprint Speed, measured in terms of “feet per second in a player's fastest one-second window.”

These were derived by measuring when runners were likely to be heading at top speed, taking multiple bases (other than from second on an extra-base hit). The full list is available here for your perusal: there are a few surprises, like the proximity of John Jaso to Jonathan Villar, or the sad state of Troy Tulowitzki. But for the most part, it’s an intuitive ordering of names, what you’d want when measuring baseball players.

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Baseball, suicide, and defending life.

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David writes a story of the junk wax era of a man, and Patrick dissects a typical Short Relief article so you can see how the sausage is made.

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Kate reviews the performance of Jesus Montero, extra-inning position-player pitcher; Patrick rants about hair.

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Matt applies tunneling stats to Robert Frost; Mary gives Scooter Gennett an origin story; and Patrick defends whimsy.

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A comprehensive ranking of every baseball card pose, from Jeff Reardon to Wally Joyner.

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Patrick supplies a scouting profile for a player your team will draft today, and Nathan leaks the track listing for an indie-rock album about the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Average means different things for different numbers, and the scales are forever sliding.

Last week I began a project: to take every major pitching statistic and look at its distribution along various percentiles, mostly to provide a feel for what a "good" or a "bad" number looks like for many of our important and unintuitive statistics. This isn’t so much a work of analysis as it is a dip in a statistical hot tub, just soaking in the numbers and getting comfortable in them.

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Matt investigates the history of Diamondback games taking their toll on people, while Patrick issues an apology.

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Patrick reports on another mascot issue, while Zack finds a small rooting interest between author and subject.

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What does average mean for each number? And how long will it take to get used to our new environment?

There’s a reason why batting average is often still, after 150 years, the first number you see attached to a hitter’s name. It’s not because it’s a good stat for measuring a player’s offensive performance: it’s hardly terrible, but there are a dozen better ones. It’s because fans have internalized its value: they can glance at it and quickly establish whether it’s good or not. .310? Pretty great hitter. .220? Not so much. That’s all it takes: no counting, no comparing, just instant verification.

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