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October 3, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: What We Mean By Worthless

by Bill Parker

Almost no popular statistic will be "worthless," exactly, and a good discourse might require more specific objections.

September 26, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Is 12 Enough for Ichiro?

by Michael Bates

Ichiro Suzuki's major-league career has been great, but, because of where he was born, it will be short. Will it be enough for Hall of Fame voters?

September 12, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: The Year of Everything But the Shortstop

by Bill Parker

Why are shortstops so bad this year, and does it mean anything for the future?

September 5, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Shaving an Icon

by Michael Bates

What's a 'stache? Maybe immortality.

August 22, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Plunk Cost

by Bill Parker

Some players get hit by pitches so often that it must be a skill. But is it a good skill to have?

August 15, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: At What Price Revolution

by Michael Bates

The Red Sox aren't the first team to fight with their manager, and they won't be the first to regret it, either.

August 8, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Who is Jason Heyward?

by Bill Parker

Bill revisits a question raised on this site earlier in the season, and asks whether Heyward's excellent two months give us a more definitive answer.

August 1, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Remain Calm, All is Well in Minnesota

by Michael Bates

The Twins are the type of team that usually sells aggressively at the deadline, but they stood pat. Why?

July 18, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: The 24-Year-Old Masher Who Can't Get A Call-Up

by Bill Parker

The Blue Jays called up a promising minor-league outfielder to replace Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays called up the wrong promising minor-league outfielder to replace Jose Baustista.

July 11, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Fixing the Worst Days of the Baseball Season

by Michael Bates

MLB lets everything go dark for two whole days after the All-Star break. That's a mistake.

June 27, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: The Eternal Shortstop

by Bill Parker

Do you appreciate what Omar Vizquel has done? That is to say, do you really, really appreciate it?

June 20, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Venting About Bullpen Woes

by Cee Angi

Fredi Gonzalez's bullpen usage has had a major overhaul, but one reliever is resisting the change.

June 13, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Cheating Cheaters and Their Awful Excuses

by Michael Bates

Was Jose Valverde cheating when he faced the Reds this weekend? If he was, his excuse ranks up there with the best of them.

June 6, 2012

The Platoon Advantage: Oakland is Just Terrible (No Offense)

by Jason Wojciechowski

Is it too soon to write the obituary for the 2012 Oakland A's?

May 30, 2012

The Platoon Advantage: On the Padres, Cycles, Supercycles, and Pseudocycles

by Bill Parker

No Padre has ever hit for a cycle, but as far as interesting achievements go, they've done much better.

May 23, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Life and Ed Whitson

by Cee Angi

We can learn a lot from our most difficult seasons.

May 16, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Ten Excuses for Not Voting Johnny Damon Into the HOF

by Michael Bates

Just because he might get 3,000 hits doesn't mean voters can't put up a fight.

May 9, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Seeking the Secrets of Sequence

by Jason Wojciechowski

Does the success of Jake Peavy's changeup owe anything to the pitches before it?

May 2, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: Why Rookies of the Year Fail

by Bill Parker

A BBWAA stamp of approval doesn't mean a glorious career. Chris Coghlan is the latest to prove it.

April 25, 2012

Premium Article The Platoon Advantage: What Valentine Brings to Boston

by Cee Angi

If you're looking for a scapegoat for Boston's struggles, skip the manager's office.

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