Opinion & Editorial

Dodgers should trade Andre Ethier to the Mariners

The Mariners need offense and better outfielders while the Dodgers need to move an outfielder to clear space, so why not solve both team's problems with one simple trade?

Moving great setup men to the role of "opener"

Relievers thrive in dedicated roles, do they? Pitchers suffer after they've been through the lineup a couple times, eh? And platoons are thriving? Fine. Let's get weird.

The end of the proven closer myth

Many in the baseball industry have known for years that the value of "closer experience" or "the closer mentality" are largely nonsense, but in 2013, the evidence was too overwhelming to ignore.

Brian McCann Chooses Pinstripes

According to multiple reports, the Yankees and Brian McCann agreed to a five-year contract on Saturday night. What does this deal tell us about the Yankees' plans for both the present and future?

The year in errors

In baseball, we spend a lot of time talking about great success and not enough time talking about baseball's most central failure: errors. What follows, then, is a look at the year in errors.

The argument against ERA

With a ready-made replacement available, why are we still using ERA?

AL East offseason preview

Alex Skillin's take on where each AL East organization stands heading into the winter months, what upgrades each team needs, and what additions we can expect to see in the division this offseason.

SABR Defensive Index and the Gold Gloves

For the first time, Rawlings included advanced statistical analysis of defense into their Gold Glove voting methodology. Did it work? How would we know if it did?

Baseball has brains, how about a soul?

What does baseball have to do with the metaphysical, and do we place too much value on the emotions we feel after a season ends? Did the Red Sox do anything more than just win the 2013 World Series?

Keeping score: predicting the World Series

A recent New York Times article discussed key statistics to use to predict the winner of this year's World Series. Are there better stats to use and do they better predict winners?

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