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Is the dedicated DH becoming extinct?

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As roster construction evolves, are the days of the dedicated designated hitter who plays no position numbered?

Hamate fractures and power in the PITCHf/x era

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Do hamate bone fractures permanently sap a hitter of his power?

Winning with silent bats

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The Mets are off to a surprisingly good start in the standings. It isn't because of their bats.

Which hot and cold starts are for real?

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Bryan Cole uses Rany Jazayerli's method to regress early-season results and find which hot and cold starts are most believable.

Does the strike zone shrink in later innings?

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Do umpires have a narrower strike zone in later innings? PITCHf/x data allows for this question to be checked.

How many games would an all-defense team win?

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Not all elite defenders are elite players, but a team with the most elite defender at every position would still win a lot of baseball games.

A win is a win, right?

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Is WAR really the best way to evaluate wins for individual baseball players? Depends on what you're after.

How has Jose Abreu's approach impacted his season?

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Abreu's solid approach at the plate has played a tremendous role in his early season success. His combined patience at the plate and aggressive approach against pitches in the zone has been crucial...

Denard Span can't take the heat

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The Nationals have a center fielder who is facing more hard stuff than anyone in the game so far this year, and the results aren't pretty.

Justin Upton is still evolving

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Eight years into his major league career, Justin Upton is still evolving—and improving—as a hitter.

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