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The Brandon League signing: A Sabermetrically Approved Strategy

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Why the League signing actually makes good sense in terms of sabermetric bullpen construction (ignoring the absurd amount of money involved).

Does Pitching In The California League Benefit A Starting Pitcher's Development?

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In one respect, it might. Click the SBNation Minor League Ball link above to see preliminary data from a study that looks at how minor league starters' walk and strikeout rates change in going from Low A to High A to AA and how the leagues they pass through influence those changes.

The Time Has Come to Induct Dwight Evans into Cooperstown

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While Barry Larkin and Ron Santo are being deservedly honored for their Hall of Fame careers today, here is a nice article about one of the best players the HOF writers overlooked. The author of the article, Patrick Languzzi, is spearheading the campaign to help get Dwight Evans his rightful place in Cooperstown. Languzzi created his own website, "Call to the Hall," devoted to Evans' HOF candidacy. There is a link to his website in the article and on his website he also has started a petition you can sign to help get "Dewey" on the 2013 Expansion Era HOF ballot. Additionally, here are the links for his website: http://call2thehall.blogspot.com/ and the petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/call-to-the-hall-support-dwight-evans-for-mlb-s-hall-o.html

The Hall of Nearly Great eBook - Available for Purchase!

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I've been reading it (as an original Kickstarter backer) and now the rest of you mere mortals can, too. Basically, I write about baseball because of Sky Kalkman. He and Marc Normandin (both former managing editors for Beyond the Box Score) built an incredible roster of writers for this ebook project. Go take a look at the site. Go buy the book (you finally can today!). You won't regret it.

MVP, but no All-Star

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Here's a list of players that won the MVP but were not All-Stars in the the same season: Jimmy Rollins 2007 Justin Morneau 2006 Chipper Jones 1999 Juan Gonzalez 1996 Terry Pendelton 1991 Robin Yount 1989 Kirk Gibson 1988 Dave Parker 1978 Don Newcombe 1956

Sabermetrics, Scouting and Science of Baseball

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The second annual Saber Seminar will be taking place on August 4th and 5th in Boston, MA. Bobby Valentine, Tom Tippett, Kevin Goldstein, Dan Brooks, and many more will be presenting at the conference. Beyond the Box Score's Glenn DuPaul will also be presenting about WAR. Anyone in interested in baseball statistics and the science of the game, should head to Boston for the weekend. Tickets are still available for "baseball's best fans" and all the proceeds for the conference benefit the Jimmy Fund and the fight against cancer.

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.

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