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What weight can be given to batted ball data? How much can we use it to refine our knowledge of pitcher skills?

This question really implicates two related subquestions. First, how reliable is the underlying raw data? In other words, how accurate are scorers' codings of batted balls? Second, if we had perfect information about batted ball type (that is to say entirely consistent), which types can be consistently induced (or avoided) and which ones are the result of contingent (or luck) based factors?

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History nerds should especially love Wezen-Ball's history of the batting helmet.
It's unexpectedly thorough and typically fascinating. Larry demonstrates the power of Google's search tools as well as anyone.

If your goal is to improve umpiring, whom should you fire?
J.C. Bradbury says firing supervisors and hiring retired umpires is not a solution at all. What do you think?



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What does signal detection theory teach us about batting eye?
In a series of articles at Sabometrics, Craig Glaser has attempted to provide an answer. 


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Shirts, timelines, runs modeling, and Tim Lincecum.

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I say it's about time shirts began pulling their weight. Luckily, engineering students at Northeastern University have developed a shirt that can log data on a pitcher's mechanics.
The students claim it can identify deteriorating mechanics in real-time, since it can read out to a computer monitor in a stadium.


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Why mutual options in contracts aren't as pointless as they may seem.

Last week, Buster Olney reported that Russell Branyan had been signed by the Cleveland Indians to a one-year, $2-million deal that included up to $1 million in incentives and a $5-million mutual option for 2011. Two weeks ago, the Mariners signed Erik Bedard to a similar deal (one year, $1.5 million plus incentives with an $8-million mutual option for 2011). Over the years, many have wondered about the usefulness of mutual options. What are mutual options, and why would teams and players agree to them?

There are three ways an option can be structured: player, team, or mutual. Player options must be exercised by the player to take effect; team options must be exercised by the team. (For the interesting result that team options at the end of long-term contracts are exercised unpredictably, see Dinerstein 2007 (PDF)). Mutual options, however, must be exercised by both the player and the team to take effect.

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