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Data, data, everywhere

May 7, 2010

Doug Glanville on baseball scouting, but he could have been writing about any modern data-driven industry: But when all is said and done, if you don’t have instincts for what is happening, a perpetual stream of information just becomes a time-stealing vortex, and useless at best — even though you may know a lot more […]

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Breaking news

November 4, 2009

Apologies in advance for the absolutely terrible/fantastic title. The winner of the 2009 contest for the Best Visual Illusion of 2009 is particularly appropriate tonight as the Yankees strive to hand the Phillies their second championship in as many years. The prize was won by a team that has identified the core difficulty in hitting […]

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A rock and a hard place

October 27, 2009

The Times has an article about the Mets Fan's Dilemma: who to root for in this year's World Series? [T]he misery of this uninspired season has been unexpectedly heightened by the indignity of watching their most despised division rival face off against their despised crosstown rival in the World Series For me, the question is […]

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Hands, fingers, knees and toes (knees and toes)

September 10, 2009

Wikipedia is an incredible resource, but every now and then it gives me pause. Consider the first two sentences about the seventh-inning stretch: The seventh-inning stretch is a tradition in baseball that takes place between the halves of the seventh inning of any game. Fans generally stand up and stretch out their arms, legs, necks, backs, calves, fingers, elbows, […]

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Insult upon injury

August 24, 2009

The Mets just can't catch a break: On a day when Mets starter Oliver Perez allowed six runs in the first inning, the Mets were in a position to win in the ninth with one swing of the bat, only to be thwarted by one of the rarest plays in baseball. Eric Bruntlett pulled off […]

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Dynamically priced baseball tickets

May 18, 2009

Seven years ago, the Mets were among the first teams in MLB to adopt a tiered pricing system in which it costs more to see a game against a good opponent than a bad one. At the time, it was the most sophisticated such plan in baseball. Others included simple methods like charging more for […]

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Explaining MTM

April 17, 2009

I really enjoyed a new post from Rortybomb that includes a great distillation of the mark to market debate: So in the early 1990s, when I was in Junior High, there was a craze about collecting and trading baseball cards. Our classroom would have a corner during lunch where we’d all compare, with our binders […]

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How much, statistically speaking, does the NL West suck?

April 15, 2009

Joe Morgan made the following statement on ESPN tonight: The NL West is the only division that hasn't won the World Series in the past seven years. Now, that's amazing. Except, as my brother points out (drawing on his years of accumulated baseball wisdom), there are six divisions. Start with the assumption that each division […]

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...the catcher, Mike Piazza

May 21, 2008

And now the coverage comes rolling in; the Times weighs in with their bit, the Journal has a somewhat sappy goodbye, and Newday finally has something worth linking to. Choice quotes: Hints at his HoF choice (NYT)? “I have to say that my time with the Mets wouldn’t have been the same without the greatest […]

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Now batting, #31...

May 20, 2008

Piazza is finally hanging up his jersey.  Now the only question is whether the one he wears into the hall of fame will say Mets on it...

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