First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody
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First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody

For most of the previous decade, the argument surrounding Major League Baseball was that the league had parity because of all of the different World Series winners. From 2000-2008 the league had eight different winners in nine years. That gave the impression that anyone could win, and that baseball was a fair game. After the Boston Red Sox won the World Series tonight, I looked at the list of the recent World Series winners. What I...

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Exploring the Arsenal: A Preview of the Boston Red Sox Probable Starting Pitchers

Exploring the Arsenal will run prior to each series, providing you with a brief scouting report on the starting pitchers expected to oppose the Pirates. The charts below show the horizontal and vertical movement of every pitch thrown by that particular pitcher in 2011. These charts are from the catcher’s point of view. For a general guide to pitch types for a right-handed pitcher, please check out this image created by Sons of Sam...

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Pirates re-acquire Jonathan Van Every

The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-acquired outfielder Jonathan Van Every from the Boston Red Sox, in exchange for minor league catcher Josue Peley. Van Every started the season with the Indianapolis Indians, then was traded to the Red Sox on April 24th for a player to be named later.  Van Every was added to the major league roster the same day by Boston, to provide outfield help with the absence of Mike Cameron and Jacoby Ellsbury....

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Pirates trade Jonathan Van Every to Red Sox

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded outfielder Jonathan Van Every to the Boston Red Sox, according to Rob Biertempfel.  Van Every was acquired by the Pirates last year after being released by the Red Sox.  In 35 at-bats in Indianapolis this year, he put up a .314/.368/.543 line, with two homers.  Van Every is 30 years old, so he’s not really a prospect, but he could have made a decent bench player, with a chance to...

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Ben Sheets is classic Moneyball

For some reason, pretty much every Pittsburgh Pirates forum I’ve checked has had some kind of topic or discussion about Ben Sheets signing with the Oakland Athletics for $10 M.  As with any Billy Beane move, the “Moneyball” debate gets brought up.  The only problem with this is that, despite tons of publication, and the existence of the book for about six or seven years, nobody really understands what...

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