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June 18, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Do You Know Your Hairstons?


Sam Miller

In the year of the Hairstons, both brothers are doing quite well. Which means you must finally commit to keeping them straight.

R.J. Anderson and I were talking the other day about how much baseball analysis depends on getting the thing published before the player/pitcher plays another game and undoes whatever point the writer is trying to make. This is true for bad baseball analysis, but it’s also true for a lot of good baseball analysis, because player performances are just so friggin' random. If you ever see an article that cites a player’s stats and says “as I write this on Saturday,” and the thing gets published on a Monday, you can bet the writer is afraid his premise is going to be voided by a couple hitless games.

As I write this on Saturday, Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Scott Hairston are good at baseball.

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