The Athletic | Rustin Dodd: If you’ve been following the Royals-Luke Heimlich situation, please read this. Dayton Moore tries to advocate for signing the convicted child molester, and hoo boy, it’s a doozy.
The Hardball Times | Joe Distelheim: The AL Central is projected to finish with a collective record of 88 games below .500, which would be the worst divisional record since they split into their current form in 1994.
Baseball Prospectus | Wayne Boyle: The strike zone actually is not subjective despite what umpires think, and that has implications for analysis. There should actually be, defined, a Universal Strike Zone using batter anthropometric data and the official rule book definition. This would not only redefine it correctly, but would help us better understand the “value” of, say, a pitch-framer.
Bill James Online | Steven Goldleaf: An interesting observation is that while the idea of “roles” for a pitcher has value, some would think psychologically, the same does not hold for lineups, which change seemingly at will. It would be strange to think of managers letting a hitter know when they would pinch-hit for certainty, but pitchers get that treatment. Lineups never mattered, and still don’t matter, but managers continue to toy with them as if they have a profound effect.