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NYT on the "Moneyball Ethic" and Its Universal Importance

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This is a nice article. The premise, or thesis, is that the team composition of this year's playoffs proves that "it's all Moneyball now." The Greinke trade is mentioned, but the Royals current status is not referenced. I particularly liked this passage: Thanks partly to the cultural phenomenon of "Moneyball," which demonstrated that teams didn’t need a big payroll to win, we’re all small-market fans now, no longer rooting for the hapless underdog — sorry, Mets and Cubs — but for the team that is doing more with less. It’s a subtle but significant distinction and it has unmistakable political overtones, especially during this time of rising class resentment. You didn’t have to spend the day dancing around the drum circle in Zuccotti Park to see Game 5 of the Yankees-Tigers division series in New York — with its constant cutaways to those slick-suited men hunched over their BlackBerrys in the Legends Suites — as more than just a baseball game. (It may be time to update the old cliché that rooting for the Yankees is like rooting for U.S. Steel. Today, it’s more like rooting for Goldman Sachs.) Discuss. - TL

RHP Chris "Disco" Hayes has allowed one ER in his last 18.2 IP of relief with Southern Maryland for...

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RHP Chris "Disco" Hayes has allowed one ER in his last 18.2 IP of relief with Southern Maryland for those keeping score. Which, obvs, I am!

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The Numbers Are In: What Do the Projections Say About the Royals' Rotation in 2009?

So, yeah, I'm supposed to be working on some "So what is..." posts for the Stat Glossary, but I don't really work here, so I'll get to it in my own sweeet time. And, yes, I should really be working...

Royals Swing First, Take Pitches Infrequently

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Fangraphs has a new article up on ranking teams by plate discipline, finding a strong correlation between a team's philosophy toward statistical analysis and the rate at which its players chase pitches out of the strike zone. The Royals finished 26th with German and Callaspo not playing enough to offset Pena and Olivo.

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Mark Teahan: Upside or Topspin?

A long season remains in front of us, but there are still plenty of well-worn topics to be beaten into the ground. Why not this one? I'd like to hear what people think Mark Teahen's future holds --...

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