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Georgia Bulldogs' Baseball Staff Changes Are Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

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David Perno has reshuffled the Diamond Dogs' coaching staff by changing the responsibilities of his existing assistants. Will this be enough to breathe new life into the Georgia Bulldogs' moribund...

RA versus ERA 1871-2010: Baseball Databank Data Dump 2.3.1

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Earned Run Average distorts the contribution of pitchers in multiple ways, yet it is still widely used. Until everyone gets on board with a Runs Allowed scale, here are the easy conversions.

The Most Convoluted Stat: ERA (FanGraphs)

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The real issue is that ERA does not answer the relevant questions about pitching performances. It doesn't answer either "Who pitched the best?" or "Who will pitch the best?" That is, whose pitching performance was most valuable to his team? Whose performance, based on available data, is likely to be the best going forward? ERA's weaknesses when it comes to providing these answers aren't difficult to find, and it's for these reasons that we use superior statistics. . .
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