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January 24, 2012

Overthinking It: The Player Popularity Test

by Ben Lindbergh

Proposing a new way to settle an old debate about which players get too much attention and which are overlooked.

January 17, 2012

Overthinking It: Jorge Posada, the Hall of Fame, and the Fog of WARP

by Ben Lindbergh

As new technology continues to change how we evaluate players, Jorge Posada's Hall of Fame case might hinge as heavily on what we don't know about him as what we do.

January 10, 2012

Premium Article Overthinking It: What Happens When the Big Ones Get Away?

by Ben Lindbergh

What can the records of previous playoff teams that lost their best players tell us about what life after Pujols will be like for St. Louis?

December 29, 2011

Overthinking It: GMs Say the Darndest Things

by Ben Lindbergh

Before you believe everything your team's general manager says, remember these great moments in GM-speak, featuring half-truths, misdirections, and statements that turned out to be false.

December 20, 2011

Overthinking It: Keeping Up with the Friedmans

by Ben Lindbergh

If EVERYONE has a brilliant GM, does ANYONE have a brilliant GM? Or are standout GMs going the way of .400 hitters?

December 13, 2011

Overthinking It: Baseball, Sex, and Sheet Music

by Ben Lindbergh

Lou Gehrig put out less often than he made out, getting on base in the batter's box helps you get on base in the bedroom, taking a girl to a game is the best way to beat birth control, and other lessons I learned from old-timey baseball songs. (Caution: some adult themes.)

September 22, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: Life Without Fielder

by Ben Lindbergh

If Prince Fielder departs this offseason, what should the Brewers do with the savings?

September 1, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: How Much to Pay Jose?

by Ben Lindbergh

Free-agent-to-be Jose Reyes is poised to cash in this winter, but should his buyer beware?

August 11, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: Justin Time

by Ben Lindbergh

Can the Tigers make and succeed in the playoffs by virtue of Verlander alone?

July 21, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Avila Advantage

by Ben Lindbergh

Alex Avila's offensive success at a defense-first position gives the Tigers an edge over the AL's other prospective playoff teams.

July 14, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: Resetting the Races, American League

by Ben Lindbergh

Have the Red Sox recovered from their slow start in the eyes of the objective projections? And why do those Delphic computers favor the Rangers?

July 7, 2011

Overthinking It: Walkless Wonders

by Ben Lindbergh

Bringing back the DiSar Awards to celebrate the achievements of those players who believe there's no such thing as a free pass.

June 30, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Underachievers

by Ben Lindbergh

Some teams in playoff contention have been plagued by glaring weaknesses at certain positions, but it's not too late for internal options to offer solutions.

May 19, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: The Over/Under-30 All-Stars

by Ben Lindbergh

Jose Bautista is poised to trump his first seven seasons in one glorious campaign. What other players have done almost all their damage on only one side of age 30?

May 12, 2011

Overthinking It: Who's Zoomin' Who?

by Ben Lindbergh

In the nascent Year of the Stolen Base, which teams are getting the most bang for their swipes?

May 5, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: Year of the Stolen Base?

by Ben Lindbergh

Many have been quick to proclaim another "Year of the Pitcher," but an increased rate of base burglary may be another signature of these low-scoring times.

April 28, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: Raising Arizona

by Ben Lindbergh

Last year's Diamondbacks featured the world's worst whiffers and a historically bad bullpen, but new GM Kevin Towers may have already managed to fix both failings.

April 21, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: When Is .300 Not .300?

by Ben Lindbergh

Paul Janish, Casey Kotchman, and Robert Andino lead this year's parade of empty-average contributors at the plate.

April 14, 2011

Overthinking It: Baffled by the Brewers Bench

by Ben Lindbergh

Does the Brew Crew's collection of bench has-beens suggest that they've forgotten the lessons of 2008, or are they still in the process of building a contender?

April 7, 2011

Premium Article Overthinking It: Rule 5 Roulette

by Ben Lindbergh

Introducing the $50,000 men who made early-season rosters, and deducing which of them might stick.

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