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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 11/28/18

What has changed in two years; Brodie Van Wagenen and more possible conflicts of interest; baseball’s dying middle class

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Baseball Prospectus | Doug Thorburn: It’s been two years since Thorburn wrote at BP, and a lot has changed in that time: ever-decreasing pitch counts; shrinking season-long workloads for pitchers; more strikeouts; and, more relievers, shows that even in just a couple of years, the game can change at a rapid pace.

FanGraphs | Sheryl Ring: There’s been a lot of talk about Brodie Van Wagenen and conflicts of interest in the Mets front office, and that won’t go away any time soon. Will he recuse himself from Jacob deGrom extension talk, or Noah Syndergaard trade talk, or Robinson Cano trade talk, considering his inside knowledge? If not, then there’s your conflict of interest, despite his divestment from the agency.

The Ringer | Michael Baumann: Not every team can do Cubs or Astros rebuild, nor should they. Baseball is entering a time of super teams, and the middling teams are fading away. While the sport usually markets itself on hope and anyway being able to win a title, teams intentionally throwing seasons away flies in the face of that. Baseball will be better off when teams actually try to win more in the short term instead of just focusing on team control and long-term rebuilds.