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First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?

First Pitch: Why is Defense Still Underrated?

Last season the Pittsburgh Pirates had a ton of success due to an approach that focused on pitching and defense. This approach was largely overlooked, and the success was chalked up to something that couldn't be sustained. The cries all summer were for the Pirates to add a bat, with the feeling that they couldn't continue winning games by focusing on pitching and defense. Yet the Pirates continued to win games with this approach.

It's not like the Pirates are the first team to try such an approach. The San Francisco Giants won a World Series in 2010 with below average offensive numbers, and well above average defensive and pitching numbers. They scored 697 runs that year, which ranked 9th overall in the NL, but only allowed 583 runs, which ranked second best in the NL. By comparison, th...

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