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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 1/30/20

Kris Bryant’s lost grievance and trade value; the null effect of the banging scheme; science or pseudoscience

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FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: Kris Bryant lost his service time manipulation grievance against the Cubs, meaning that at least until the end of 2021, the practice has been ruled de facto within the rules despite it probably being against the spirit of them. This also means that Bryant, now definitively with two years of control, has more trade value. The Braves, Rangers, Padres, and Angels are could be potential suitors in the coming year.

Baseball Prospectus | Rob Arthur ($): Thanks to Tony Adams, we now have access to a ton of data about the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, and the results are actually pretty shocking. It found that the effect of the scheme was actually... nothing at all. The positive impact of correctly called bangs were immediately offset by bangs that were not successful, showing that it probably didn’t swing a playoff series or important game despite how bad the cheating is on its face.

The Athletic | Eno Sarris ($): Players despite delving into a lot of new scientific methods for getting better, may also wade into the pseudo-scientific end of the pool as well. Infrared saunas, DNA testing, Muscle Activation Technique, with the latter seeming to maybe be actually effective?