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Morning Mound Visit: sabermetrics news - 2/28/20

The Braves’ ever-increasing revenues for Liberty Media; a lot on the line for the Astros; ending video review to stop cheating

Business Leaders Converge In Sun Valley, Idaho For Allen And Company Annual Meeting Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

FanGraphs | Craig Edwards: With a new stadium, better attendance, and a good TV deal, the Braves saw their revenue increase more than $30 million and saw profits around $50 million. It’s helpful that their ownership Liberty Media is publicly owned so we can see the numbers, because it gives us a window into other teams as well; if a mid-market team can have a decent payroll and rake in that much profit, what are other teams doing when not spending at all?

ESPN Insider | Buster Olney: With the scandal at their back, the Astros will have a ton of pressure on them in 2020. Players like George Springer have their free agency on the line, and someone like Jose Altuve has his legacy and Hall of Fame future on the line. The team and new manager Dusty Baker will likely have every boo fixated right on them.

Baseball Prospectus | Marc Normandin ($): Part of the problem with video review is that teams need the video, forcing the situation we saw with the Astros. If MLB switched a system similar to VAR where the ball was in the official’s court, we would only see reviews when absolutely necessary and it would take cameras out of the dugouts of teams.