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Ben and Sam answer emails about what it would look like if a hitter got the yips, what Starlin Castro could turn into, errors in sabermetric research, and more.

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In 1999, Terry Francona ordered Doug Glanville to bunt. Here's why it made little sense.

The background.
In 1998, Mark Wohlers lost the ability to throw strikes. He walked nearly a batter per inning in April, then he walked a batter and a half per inning in May, and then things really got bad. In a couple of minor league assignments, he walked 37 batters in 13 innings. Then in August, he walked14 batters and struck out none in less than four innings. Steve Blass sent him a letter of encouragement, which might not have seemed encouraging. 

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January 21, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Year in Pitchers Not Getting Focal Dystonia


Sam Miller

What happened when pitchers temporarily forgot how to throw strikes last season?

There wasn’t a lot that went well with Heath Bell’s 2012 season, but there was this pitch:

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