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Our Latest Articles

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Mythifying Tom: Tom Boswell and the Creation of Myth
I’m cleaning up these ancient manuscript chapters as fast I can….
What if?
What would the game be like if we did balls and strikes differently, really differently?​
Should sportswriters write about politics?
It depends!
“Ich bin ein Clevelander”
Sending out good vibes to my neighbors to the Northeast before game 7 of the NBA finals. Also, offering up my version of "American Pie"
The White Sox’s Defensive Decline
The untold story behind the ChiSox's struggles.​
PGSP Formula
Formula for Player Growth and Sustainability Profile
Player Growth and Sustainability Part III
Concluding the series we began on Monday (except that the formula runs tommorrow)​

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Rankings and Ratings

These are the closers who have been most heavily used in recent days (only those with a score of 35 or higher):

Ryan Madson, Oak 65
Santiago Casilla, SF 45
Tony Cingrani, Cin 44
Arodys Vizcaino, Atl 44
Hector Rondon, ChC 43


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