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Morning Mound Visit: Evaluating 2020 MLB data raises ethical concerns

Will the strikeout rate fall this year? Is that gross to think about? Nevermind that, here’s comes Chico

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Ben Lindbergh | The Ringer: The league-wide strikeout rate has risen each and every year since 2005, but this might be the year it changes direction. Many confounding variables influence the league-wide strikeout rate including temperature, pitcher usage, player preparation, and whether the DH is used, and all those factors figure to change this year.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: Research proposals that involve human participants need to go before an Institutional Review Board to ensure that those being studied are being ethically treated. The data from the upcoming 2020 season will be fascinating to explore, but its participants are putting themselves at great risk to provide it.

Matt Monagan | If you want another example of how ridiculously deep the Dodgers are, baserunners are afraid to run on even their clubhouse attendant. Francisco ‘Chico’ Herrera has been with the team since 2008, but got an opportunity to play in the Dodgers’ intrasquad games.