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Evan Dawson

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Wise obviously didn't catch this ball.

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I had the strange opportunity to listen to both Sterling/Waldman and Tom Hamilton call this play, as I was driving home and can get WTAM at night. Then I see Deadspin's bizarre description. First, you had Sterling/Waldman saying that all you can see is the ball hit Wise's glove, then it all disappears. Waldman said we'll never know what happened to the ball after it went out of sight, and anyway, she says Wise came out of the stands with it. Hamilton pointed out that the YES Network was already pointing out that Wise didn't catch it, and didn't really come close to catching it. Then Hamilton went on a classic bender in which he essentially called for DiMuro's house to burn. And deservedly so. Hamilton credited Wise for specially NOT faking like he had made the catch. So why is Deadspin claiming that Wise DID fake like he had made the catch? And even more strangely, why is Deadspin saying that Wise came out with a ball, and so someone must have planted a second ball? I don't see a second ball in this video, or anywhere. Am I nuts?

Game 62: Reds 12, Indians 5

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Some days it is easy to love the Little Cowboy. Josh Tomlin goes up against the Miguel Cabreras and Joey Vottos of the world with marginal stuff and cast-iron courage. He throws strikes, because...

Game 56: Tigers 7, Indians 5

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It has now been two full weeks since a Cleveland Indians starting pitcher went at least seven innings. With Derek Lowe's outing this afternoon, Tribe starters are now 14-for-56 on the season in...

We Are All Michael Brantley

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Who is Michael Brantley, really? Our analysis shows that he might be whatever we're projecting onto him. And that's not necessarily a good thing.

Game 49: Royals 8, Indians 2

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For the first time this season, Justin Masterson did not walk a batter. Thus ends the good news. Masterson was hammered by one of the worst offenses in the league. In 11 starts this season,...

Game 44: Indians 2, Tigers 1

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Concede nothing. That was the message delivered emphatically by Shin Soo Choo on the third pitch of Justin Verlander's afternoon. On what might have been the worst pitch ever thrown by a reigning...

Hafner Down; Thome Next?

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Hafner to the DL. I suppose this clears the way for the old warrior to ride home and lead us to glory. We can joke about that, but I'll have to hear compelling reasons not to pursue it now.

Donuts, weighted bats hurt bat speed. But hitters don't care

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I always wonder why professional athletes make poor analysts in general. This article reminds me that they'd rather stick to superstition than adapt using new information.

In the old days, when players policed the game and umpires issued far fewer warnings for brushback...

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In the old days, when players policed the game and umpires issued far fewer warnings for brushback pitches, the bunt could be a macho play. A well-executed drag bunt down the first-base line might allow a vengeful batter to trample the offending pitcher as he bent to field the ball. My take: Absent a single documented incident, I think Livingston just made this up. And the piece is already bad enough.

My interview with Curtis Granderson

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Sorry for the generic link. It' the second interview down the page. That Sterling call is revolting. But Granderson is one heck of a likeable guy, even if his answer on baseball economics / competitiveness is predictable.

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