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Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Sabermetrics and Diminishing Returns - By Andrew Ball - Beyond the Box Score
Has the golden age of Sabermetrics passed? Have we reached a point where community research doesn't mean as much, and doesn't make as much difference, as it used to?
Dustin Pedroia: Red Sox Second Baseman for life? - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
The Red Sox and Dustin Pedroia seem to be on the verge of a long-term contract extension. Ben takes a look at why the Red Sox should re-sign him and also looks at why Pedroia should stay.
Are Rookies Getting Better? - By Stephen Loftus - Beyond the Box Score
This is a really good piece by Stephen that was written last week. He takes a look at whether rookies are better now than they have been throughout the history of the game.
Carlos Beltran: Three more years? - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
Could Carlos Beltran really play for three more years and remain productive? Ben takes a look at that very question.
Around the Sabersphere
Where do ground balls come from? - By Dan Lependorf - The Hardball Times
This is a great research piece detailing what pitch types produce the most ground balls from batters.
Mariners win 4-2 despite being one-hit, Mike Stanton hits a home run with his glove, and other stories | By Cliff Corcoran |The Strike Zone - SI.com
Cliff walks us through some stories in baseball over the last few days and one of the oddest is where Erik Bedard had a no-hitter going while walking a bunch of men and allowing two runs. Ultimately the Seattle Mariners one even though they only had one hit. Weird.
What Getting Matt Garza Could Tell Us About the Rangers | By Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs Baseball
Jeff takes a look at what getting Matt Garza would mean for the Texas Rangers and how it could positively impact them in a very tight divisional and wild card race.
Around SB Nation
MLB trade deadline primer: American League - By Matt Sullivan - MLB Daily Dish
With the July 31 trade deadline fast approaching it's time to take a look at the American League teams and whether they should buy, sell, or hold.
The best 2013 World Series matchups - By Rob Neyer - Baseball Nation
Rob takes a look at 10 World Series match ups that would produce great story lines and would also be very fun to watch. There are a few on here that I would absolutely love to have happen myself.
The meaning of Roger Maris - By Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
Talk about perspective, Grant really hits us with some when detailing the meaning of Roger Maris and 61 home runs.