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06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-06

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The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, June 6
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Matt Sussman

06-06

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Transaction Analysis: Escape From L.A.
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Bryan Grosnick and Brendan Gawlowski

05-30

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Prospectus Feature: The Under-the-Radar Team Adjustments
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Rob Mains

05-23

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BP Unfiltered: Art Discovered, Lost, Found
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Rob Mains

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-14

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Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?
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Doug Thorburn

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Tip of the Strasburg
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Bryan Grosnick

05-10

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Fifth Column: On A Rule Limiting Intentional Walks
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Michael Baumann

05-09

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What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
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Ashley Varela

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight
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Nicolas Stellini

04-27

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Life at the Margins: In Dusty They Trusty
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Rian Watt

04-26

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Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-22

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Prospectus Feature: Your Fun, My Fun, Our Fun
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Trevor Strunk

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

04-12

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Pebble Hunting: How You Tried To Beat PECOTA
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Sam Miller

03-30

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Transaction Analysis: Deep Cuts For The SuperFans
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Bryan Grosnick

03-21

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Life at the Margins: Greatness, Nearby
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Rian Watt

03-21

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Rumor Roundup: Someday Yet He'll Begin His Life Again
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Ashley Varela

03-18

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Fifth Column: Davey Lopes, But His Players Run Like Crazy
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Michael Baumann

03-17

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Winter Is Leaving
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Brendan Gawlowski

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: Arroyo's Hopes Alive, If Nats Can't Find A Better Man
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
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Daniel Rathman

02-18

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Rubbing Mud: Between Now and the Free Agent Superclass
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Matthew Trueblood

02-02

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Prospectus Feature: The Legal Dispute That's Costing the Nats Millions Won't End
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Samuel Mann

01-11

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Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief
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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

12-29

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Best of BP 2015: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
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Meg Rowley

12-09

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Players Prefer Presentation: Uh-Oh: On Dusty Baker
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Meg Rowley

12-08

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Baseball Therapy: Fiddlesticks, Yeah!
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Russell A. Carleton

12-07

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Rubbing Mud: Opposite Ways on the B-W Parkway
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Matthew Trueblood

11-05

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Transaction Analysis: Dusty Baker and the Return of Experience
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Matthew Trueblood

11-04

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Players Prefer Presentation: Post-Moneyball's Clubability
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Meg Rowley

05-22

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Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report
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Matthew Trueblood

05-21

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Release Points: How Bryce Harper Beat The Book On Bryce Harper
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Dan Rozenson

05-21

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Pitching Backward: How Offense is Created
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Jeff Long

05-20

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The Call-Up: Wilmer Difo
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CJ Wittmann and Bret Sayre

05-20

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What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!
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Ian Frazer

05-08

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Rubbing Mud: The War On Strasmas
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Matthew Trueblood

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
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Chris Mosch

05-07

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Release Points: Tyler Clippard's Split's the Difference
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Dan Rozenson

04-30

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BP Unfiltered: The Comeback
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Matthew Trueblood

04-29

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What You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !
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Daniel Rathman

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Gee!
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Chris Mosch

04-28

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The Call-Up: A.J. Cole
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Al Skorupa and Craig Goldstein

04-24

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Painting the Black: No D In Desmond?
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R.J. Anderson

04-17

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The Prospectus Hit List: Friday, April 17
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Matthew Kory

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Michael Taylor could be the league's most important fourth outfielder, while Robbie Ray ain't guaranteed nothin' yet.

Nationals will spread the wealth when it comes to outfield playing time
When Denard Span left in free agency, the Nationals appeared poised to install the homegrown Michael Taylor as their new primary center fielder, stomaching a boatload of strikeouts to enjoy his excellent defense and electric power/speed profile. Then, in early January, general manager Mike Rizzo acquired Ben Revere from the Blue Jays, bumping Taylor back into the fourth-outfielder role he served in last year.


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How PECOTA sees the historical free agency class of 2018-2019 changing.

A little over two months ago, with the current Hot Stove still more or less at its hottest, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports cast his eyes beyond it, three years into the future. What has been dubbed the SuperClass of 2018 caught Passan’s attention, and clearly, that of several team executives across the league. The resulting article named no fewer than 40 players of note who could reach free agency 32 months from now, and Passan posited that it could be a seismic event for baseball, from a competitive perspective, a financial perspective, a labor perspective, and a global-interest perspective.

As far as that goes, Passan is right. The sheer star power of a class headed by Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Clayton Kershaw, Andrew McCutchen, Jason Heyward, Jose Fernandez, and Matt Harvey could outshine all previous free-agent classes, even the bountiful one that is just winding down. Passan talked about the likelihood that the prospective class could affect teams’ strategies over all of the winters between now and then, including this one, and about how it might change the priorities we see each side pursue in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement later this year. He’s (mostly, anyway) right about that, too.

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The fight over the Nationals' TV broadcast rights has moved from arbitration to the courts, for now. It won't end soon.

The Washington Nationals had a turbulent 2015: vastly underperforming expectations by missing the playoffs, enduring clubhouse strife, firing their manager, losing several key contributors to free agency, and getting spurned by high-profile free agents. But the Nationals suffered another important defeat this offseason, one that might have a more lasting impact.

As you may know, the Nationals and Baltimore Orioles have been engaged in a long-standing dispute over television rights fees through Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), the exclusive local broadcast network of both teams. The Orioles own a 90 percent interest in MASN, whose broadcast rights were conferred as part of the relocation of the Montreal Expos to Washington. The agreement set the value of the Nationals’ television rights for 2006-2011 and provided that the Orioles, Nationals and MASN must negotiate in good faith to determine the amount of the Nationals’ rights fee after the 2011 season for the next five seasons. Not surprisingly, in 2012 the parties could not reach an agreement and the dispute went to arbitration in front of MLB’s three-member Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee (RSDC).

Though the hearing took place in April 2012, the RSDC Panel did not render a decision until June 30, 2014, in an apparent attempt to encourage the parties to settle. In the interim the Nationals were forced to play multiple seasons while receiving local television revenue well below fair market value as determined by the panel (not to mention the value the Nationals might receive on the open market with its own network). When the RSDC Panel finally disclosed its award, it set the rights fee for the 2012 season at approximately $53 million with built-in annual increases, a figure in between the parties’ submissions.

The Orioles, unsatisfied with the result of the arbitration, filed a lawsuit in New York state court requesting the court stay enforcement of the arbitration and overturn the panel’s decision. After initially granting the stay of enforcement, a New York state court vacated the arbitration on November 4, 2015, finding that the arbitration was not sufficiently neutral. Specifically, the court determined that the Nationals’ retention of the Proskauer Rose law firm as counsel constituted “evident partiality” because the firm had often served as counsel to MLB and several franchises. In fact, Proskauer acted as counsel in other matters for the Pirates, Rays and Mets, whose owners made up the three members of the RSDC Panel. But as is generally the case in hotly contested legal disputes, this decision is far from the end of the matter.

There are a number of interesting aspects of this decision, the first being that the court was willing to vacate the arbitration. A federal or state court overturning an arbitration award is quite rare (some studies peg the rate at which arbitrations are upheld at around 90 percent). The Supreme Court has consistently demonstrated a strong preference for arbitration, so much so that generally arbitrations can only be nullified by the courts for fraud or severe structural and procedural unfairness. A decision that is “wrong” or “incorrect” is almost always upheld in court provided that the process was fair.

But the court made a series of other findings likely to be relevant in further proceedings: 1) that there was no fraud or conspiracy by MLB in favor of the Nationals, 2) that the RSDC applied a reasonable methodology that was sufficiently supported in determining the size of the award, 3) that there was no misconduct by MLB in providing support to the arbitration, including the involvement of now Commissioner Rob Manfred; and 4) that a $25 million loan from MLB to the Nationals to advance the difference in televisions rights fees did not defeat the panel’s impartiality.

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January 11, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Jays, Storen Each Get Relief

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Bryan Grosnick and J.P. Breen

Ben Revere is reunited with Jon Papelbon in Washington; Drew Storen bids good riddance.



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Is diversity in baseball a threat to the new membership club?

With the year winding to a close, Baseball Prospectus is revisiting some of our favorite articles of the year. This was originally published on November 4, 2015.

The Mariners found their guy in Jerry Dipoto, and he found his guy in former catcher and Angels executive Scott Servais. The Phillies found their guy in that same Angels front office, hiring Dartmouth grad Matt Kentak. The Angels found in Billy Eppler their guy to replace those guys. The Brewers made fresh-faced Harvard man David Stearns their fresh-faced Harvard man.

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Dusty Baker's bad day was baseball's bad day, too.

Dusty Baker had a pretty bad day. Slip sliding into unforced error after unforced error, Baker was asked to opine on Aroldis Chapman and the recent revelations that domestic violence likely derailed his trade to the Dodgers. The complete transcript of Baker’s Winter Meetings comments can be found here. If I were feeling charitable, I would say the press conference served as a living, breathing demonstration of the dangers that befall those who refuse to update their priors about how the world works before speaking in public. As I’m not, I’ll say instead that Baker’s comments read like a greatest hits album for all the worst tropes of the domestic violence dialogue, from assuming the innocence of the accused while purposefully refusing to engage reported facts, to the suggestion that women might abuse men in equal measure.

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In praise of that word.

Statcast’s rookie season is now in the rearview mirror. And it was a good one. The slightly Orwellian information system gave us plenty of new information to drool over. We learned terms like “route efficiency” and “exit velocity” and “launch angle” and could marvel at just how fast baseball players moved around the diamond, chasing after the little white pearl which was moving even faster still. Baseball might be a game of inches, but it’s a game of inches played at insane speeds.

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December 7, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: Opposite Ways on the B-W Parkway

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Matthew Trueblood

The Nationals and Orioles go into the Winter Meetings with very different outlooks, but both might be looking to make a grand gesture.

Heading into the Winter Meetings, the two teams I can’t help looking at over and over are the mystery men of the MASN market. The Orioles and Nationals are in fascinating positions. Going into the offseason, I was ready to push for Baltimore to begin a rebuild in earnest, while touting the Nationals as perhaps the non-division winner most likely to win their division in 2016. So far, though, a strange break and a few bizarre decisions have pushed the two teams toward each other, in a number of ways.

Both teams, of course, are built around a total superstar with three years of team control remaining, but the similarities between them roughly end there. The Nationals remain a deep organization, ready to plug the departures of Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Denard Span, and Ian Desmond this winter with the likes of A.J. Cole, Joe Ross, Michael Taylor, and Trea Turner, and with more talent on the horizon. The Orioles’ farm system is so thin that they dealt for Mark Trumbo (at an anticipated price tag of $9 million or so) instead of waiting to see whether they could re-sign Chris Davis. In addition to Davis, Baltimore will bid adieu to Wei-Yin Chen this winter, and six weeks ago, they looked poised to really clean up. Davis and Chen will both bring the Orioles sandwich-round picks after the first round, and they figured they would be able to claim a third after they made Matt Wieters a qualifying offer in the first week of November. There was at least some argument that they ought to have given Darren O’Day one of those, too, but they elected not to.

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How the Nationals might've let gold slip through their fingers, but ended up with a decent story anyway.

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Is diversity in baseball a threat to the new membership club?

The Mariners found their guy in Jerry Dipoto, and he found his guy in former catcher and Angels executive Scott Servais. The Phillies found their guy in that same Angels front office, hiring Dartmouth grad Matt Kentak. The Angels found in Billy Eppler their guy to replace those guys. The Brewers made fresh-faced Harvard man David Stearns their fresh-faced Harvard man.

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May 22, 2015 6:00 am

Rubbing Mud: The Quarter-Season Odds Report

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Matthew Trueblood

Painting a table of how the season's expectations have changed.

Our lives are ruled by probabilities. All things are possible, and the varying degrees of possibility of various things govern everything from our decisions to our dispositions. Often, we’re too preoccupied by our preoccupations to look forward very far, but the truth is that few events in our lives sneak up on us. Conscious or subconscious, perceptions of the likelihood of important events inform our mood, our priorities and our choices.

Sports fandom is a unique sliver of life, though, in which those probabilities aren’t floating whispers in the background. We’re constantly reevaluating them, recalculating and recalibrating them. Even in baseball, the sport of the long season, we look for significance in every win and every loss. We try to gauge the impact of everything we see, not only in the context of the game or the series at hand, but in the big picture. That’s why spirited fans so often seem to agonize over every pitch: it affects our perception of our team’s chances in the long run, and that affects our sense of well-being about our entire investment in the team. The effect of those small things is minute, compared to what we perceive it to be, but baseball is bedeviling. It lures us into the sense of constant cataclysm that characterizes the NFL, even though the moments that really matter as much as the outcome of any given NFL game happen perhaps once a month.

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To understand Harper's breakthrough, look at what he's done to the breaking balls pitchers threw.

Bryce Harper hit one of the more ridiculous home runs Tuesday night against the Yankees, one of those “oh my goodness I love baseball” ones, on a fast-sinking slider that was about five inches below the strike zone. With what seemed like just a flick of the wrist, Harper had his 10th home run in 12 games. He has as many opposite field homers through 40 games as he did in his first 40 games last year to any field.

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