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While it may be easy to root for certain ballplayers, we have to be open to honest assessments of their abilities.

Ever since I was introduced to Bill James’ works in the mid-'80s, I have wanted to learn as much as possible about baseball so that I can better understand and appreciate it. If you're reading this, you're probably wired the same way. It might be easier to watch without thinking so much, but we don't know how to do that.

I have a similar problem with music. I started playing guitar at the same time I started reading James (correlation does not equal causation), and although I'm a bit of a hack, I've earned enough over the years from my efforts to attract the U.S. government's attention.

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February 9, 2010 12:12 pm

Expanded Horizons: Catching conundrum

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Tommy Bennett

Will Joe Mauer and a bevy of catching prospects be able to stay behind the plate over the long haul?

Now that the Super Bowl is over and sports fans can turn their gaze southwards, toward Florida and Arizona, we are going to have to find a group of underrated, hard-working everymen to laud even as we overlook them. Sorry, Saints offensive linemen, your brief moment of hagiography is over. Before their knees begin to creak and their backs begin to spasm, let us consider for a moment the path of a catcher. The catcher aesthetic is gritty, dirty, achy, and inglorious. Not pretty-in the face or with the bat? No problem, catchers, Nichols' Law of Catcher Defense has got your back, offsetting your failure in other, less tangible ways.

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Two fringy wild card contenders try to decide whether or not they're for real.

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September 27, 2004 12:00 am

Under The Knife: Getting Set for October

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Will Carroll

Teams which have locked up playoff spots are using the last week of the season to get players healthy for the postseason.

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May 25, 2004 12:00 am

Breaking Balls: The Program Challenge

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Derek Zumsteg

Walking down Occidental to a Mariners game is a great experience. There's the smell of brats on grills, roasted peanuts and kettle corn, the bad music of persistent street musicians and the chatter of fellow fans walking south to the stadium... ...And guys selling programs. Independent programs. Many teams only have one program, the one the team puts out, but in Seattle, we have a choice. I bought both this week to compare, and the results...man, I pity people in cities without competition, if their team-issued programs are anything like this.

...And guys selling programs. Independent programs. Many teams only have one program, the one the team puts out, but in Seattle, we have a choice.

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