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Phillies, I find your lack of range disturbing

The Phillies were decent defensively when they got to balls -- but their failure to get to them at all was in some ways unprecedented.

Should playoff appearances affect MVP voting?

Over the past two years, we've seen a couple of close MVP races go to a player whose team made the playoffs. Do playoff appearances affect a player's standing in the eyes of MVP voters? And if they do, how much should they?

Line drive rate, what is it good for?

If line drives fall for a hit around 70% of the time, far more than any other batted ball type, then why is line drive rate such a useless statistic?

Pitcher aging curves

Visualizing pitcher performance by age.

Right handed power

What is the line that defines a right handed power hitter?

Fun with park factors

You've probably heard a lot about park factors, but you might not know exactly what they are. Here's what you need to know.

New Stat: Plate Discipline Rating

Introducing a new metric -- Disc Rating -- that puts all of the individual categories of plate discipline into one overall rating.

The effect of P/PA on late-series win percentage

In 2013, one team saw 3,000 more pitches than another -- the equivalent of over 20 games' worth of pitches. But does seeing a lot of pitches help a team win more games late in series?

Toward umpire aging curves

Bryan Cole investigates whether umpires' ability to call balls and strikes gets worse with age.

Brain training could enhance plate discipline.

Recent research suggests that visual training games can improve the vision and on-field hitting performance of baseball players. What exactly was established in this research and are there players that could benefit from it?

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