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The Ball Threatens to Overshadow Baseball

With the postponement of Wednesday’s scheduled ALCS Game 4, the de-juiced baseball remained a hot topic of discussion, particularly in New York, where the Yankees appeared to catch a game-changing bad break on Didi Gregorius‘ fifth-inning fly ball that instead of becoming a three-run homer that would have swung the lead in their favor, was caught at the warning track. Players and managers are talking about it, fans are talking
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The Astros Need to Solve Masahiro Tanaka’s Slider

If Masahiro Tanaka has a signature pitch, it’s his slider. When he first came over from Japan in 2014, nearly half of his strikeouts came on the splitter despite throwing it only a quarter of the time. In his first three seasons in the majors, Tanaka threw his splitter more often than any other pitch and batters put up a feeble 37 wRC+ against it, while whiffing on the pitch
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So You Wanna Buy a Baseball Team

In a postseason full of headline-grabbing stories (the ball is de-juiced! Gerrit Cole is a cyborg! The Nationals win in the playoffs now!), a quiet bulletin came out on Wednesday. Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick reported that Major League Baseball will now allow investment funds to take minority stakes in teams. The news cycle moved on. The Yankees-Astros game was postponed! What will A.J. Hinch and Aaron Boone do with their rotation
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Planning for 2020 in Jacksonville

This is the first article in a multi-part series detailing the evolution of the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp's 2020 promotions schedule. For the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, 2020 began on Oct. 1, 2019. Now is the time to lay the groundwork for the upcoming season.  The Jumbo Shrimp -- Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins -- drew 327,388 fans in 2019, their highest total since 2010 (when they were known as the
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Adell focused on taking next step in AFL

Jo Adell goes deep ... again.The #Angels top prospect led off the game with a long fly on Wednesday night.pic.twitter.com/o6UBKyXI7S - Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) September 26, 2019 After suffering a pair of leg injuries in a Spring Training game in March, Adell had the start of his season delayed by two months. He completed a six-game rehab stint with Class A Advanced Inland Empire, then joined Double-A Mobile on
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Job Posting: Cubs Research and Development Analyst Roles

Please note, this posting contains multiple positions. Position: Biomechanics Analyst Description:The Chicago Cubs are seeking a biomechanics analyst to join the Research and Development group in Baseball Operations. This role will primarily focus on the analysis of motion-capture biomechanical data. The analyst will work closely with the player development and the R&D team to develop methods and improve the effective understanding of biomechanics and how they relate to player performance
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Effectively Wild Episode 1444: Ball Don’t Lie

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss the Nationals’ sweep of the Cardinals, why the Nationals are good and fun, Stephen Strasburg and the history of no. 1 draft pick pitchers, Gerrit Cole’s performance in ALCS Game 3, how Wednesday’s rainout affects the Yankees and Astros, and the Angels’ opioid problem and hiring of Joe Maddon as manager. Then (36:22) they talk to writer and researcher Rob Arthur about the de-juiced
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Lewis, Sharp win AFL Week 4 awards

Royce Lewis already captured one award last week when he was named Fall Stars Game MVP on Saturday. He added another one Wednesday afternoon. The Twins' top prospect was named Arizona Fall League Player of the Week for Week 4, the league announced Wednesday. Nationals No. 13 prospect Sterling Sharp won the AFL's Pitcher of the Week award for the period of Oct. 7-13.Lewis played only three games for Salt
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Anthony Rendon Isn’t Underrated Anymore

In 2017, The Ringer called Anthony Rendon baseball’s “unknown superstar.” A year later, at the conclusion of the 2018 season, Beyond the Box Score described Rendon as “constantly overlooked.” I’m pretty sure there’s a law somewhere that says that when you write about Rendon, you have to describe him using the word “underrated” or one like it. But rules were made to be broken, and this one has run its course. Rendon
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ALCS Rainout a Mixed Bag for Pitchers

The Yankees and Astros both won over 100 games in the regular season but nobody beats Mother Nature. When a rainstorm causes cool terms like “bomb cyclone” or “explosive cyclogenesis” to be bandied about, you know you’re not expecting a light drizzle. Yankee Stadium is currently dry, but with a system the size of the mid-Atlantic barreling up the coast, it didn’t make sense for MLB to pretend that tonight’s