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Pablo Sandoval and Josh Hamilton: Hackers who walk

Just because a player is a free swinger with almost laughably poor strike zone judgement it doesn't mean they can't take a walk from time to time.

The Beyond the Box Score mailbag

Last Friday, we asked our readers to send us in any baseball-related questions they had, and many of you did. Three of our writers then took turns answering the best of the bunch. Here are our answers to your questions.

Best team in baseball: the team after the Red Sox

In 2013, Red Sox hitters saw 25,667 pitches, more than 2,000 over league average. High OBP and P/PA helped them win games, but the cumulative effect of wearing down pitching staffs helped subsequent teams more.

Splitting the difference: effects of left-right sp

Trouble getting opposite hand hitters out can sometimes make or break a closer, or even relegate one to a career of setup duty. Does the lack of a platoon split make a good closer great?

How does the WBC affect MLB players' performance?

If your favorite player underperformed last year, don't blame it on the World Baseball Classic.

The best of 'Baseball Prospectus 2014'

In addition to brilliant analysis, there's some extremely funny writing in Baseball Prospectus 2014. One man's opinion of the best of this year's book.

Reds' speedster Hamilton projected for greatness

The Reds' Billy Hamilton is projected to do some remarkable things on the basepaths in 2014. If he plays to that projection he could join some elite company.

Let's Talk About Defense: Andrelton Simmons

A look into the terrific defensive play of Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons.

Clay Buchholz, ace with a glass arm

With the recent signing of Bronson Arroyo, a lot has been made of pitcher durability. On the other hand, Clay Buchholz has never thrown more than 189.1 innings. How important is his inability to stay healthy?

Examining the Astros' signing of Jerome Williams

The Astros signed veteran pitcher Jerome Williams who hasn't exactly been "lights out" over the course of his career. Was this move a mind boggling waste of $2 million or another shrewd pickup by Jeff Luhnow and company?

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