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Bill Murray is the Charleston RiverDogs' co-owner and, most importantly, their Director of Fun. He...

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Bill Murray is the Charleston RiverDogs' co-owner and, most importantly, their Director of Fun. He was inducted into the Class A South Atlantic League Hall of Fame on Monday, and Amy K. Nelson was there to document his love of baseball, his love of Charleston and his overall badassness.

Vote: The Hall of Fame Inner Circle Project

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While my own research lately has been slow and sporadic, friend of BtB Graham Womack is back with another wisdom-of-crowds project. This time, he's looking for the top 50 players of all time to make up an Inner Circle Hall of Fame. The ballot contains all current players in the Hall of Fame, regardless of how they were inducted (BBWAA, Veterans, Negro League Committee, etc.). The ballot does not contain managers and those inducted because of other non-playing roles. Also, since it only features current Hall of Famers, you can't vote for Bob Caruthers. I know you were planning to, but you can't. Let's vote! I'm very curious what Graham finds with this project.

The Texas Rangers are a very good team going through a rough patch, recently losing seven of their...

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The Texas Rangers are a very good team going through a rough patch, recently losing seven of their past ten games. And while I don't advocate overreacting to a poor stretch, the Texas Rangers are a good team, but there's room for improvement, especially in the starting rotation. I look at the way their roster is constructed, and see the opportunity to reload for the future in a way that may not totally sacrifice their season today. All they have to do is trade Josh Hamilton before the 2012 trade deadline.

The Rangers Should Sell High On Josh Hamilton - MLB Daily Dish

Who Is Baseball's Greatest Hitter?

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Over at Baseball Nation, Rob Neyer has posed a simple, but difficult question: who is the greatest hitter in baseball? Rob's narrowed it down to Ryan Braun, Josh Hamilton, Joey Votto, Miguel Cabrera, and Matt Kemp. But the real question here is - how do you identify what makes someone the greatest hitter? What stats would or should you use? How recent should the data be? Share your thoughts here or over at Baseball Nation.

Today, the Reds defeated the Rockies 7-5. The Rockies hit exactly five home runs, which accounted...

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Today, the Reds defeated the Rockies 7-5. The Rockies hit exactly five home runs, which accounted for all of their hits on the day. According to Baseball-Reference, this is only the second occurrence ever of a team having exactly 5 H, 5 HR, and 5 R in one game. But...there's more. Jason Giambi, oddly enough, played in both games. And both times -- the only two times this has happened in history -- Jason Giambi happened to go 0 for 3 with a walk. Baseball is crazy.

Win Expectancy Calculator

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Based on the number of runs scored, I have determined that the formula for win expectancy is the following: Win expectancy = 1-((1/(RS+4.5))^((RS^1.14)/14.1)) [?] RS = runs scored I discovered the coefficients of 1.14 and 14.1 by calculating the cumulative amount of deviation from normal win expectancies (1969-2011), weighted for instances of runs scored, using an extremely vast array of coefficients in MS Excel, effectively using what I like to call a "bowl apparatus". Based on the repetition of the formulas with varying coefficients, 1.14 and 14.1 gave me the lowest cumulative deviation value. Remarkably, even though this was done using data only from 1969-2011, the correlation is even stronger (using these same coefficients) when data is expanded to 1901-2011, and actually accounted for many of the biggest deviations! This suggests that the formula works just as well, if not better, for games before 1969. The link above will take you to Baseball-Reference's situation calculator - try this for yourself! The link below has the collected data. Win expectancy chart (with deviations)

Anthony Rizzo, Balk Rule, Troy Tulowitzki, Baseball Politics, and More - Rob's Mailbag, Episode 5

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Anthony Rizzo, Balk Rule, Troy Tulowitzki, Baseball Politics, and More - Rob's Mailbag, Episode 5

Beautiful colorization attempt for Willie Mays' catch - h/t reddit

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Beautiful colorization attempt for Willie Mays' catch - h/t reddit

Will Pujols rebound?

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Albert Pujols might be done hitting as we've known him.

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