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Tigers one injury from broken outfield

Andy Dirks is hardly a star and his injury doesn't rob the Tigers of a key part, but it underscores what could be a fatal lack of outfield depth for the AL Central favorite.

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MLBAM's new defensive data could hurt Rays, A's

New advanced data could cut off an advantage for teams who need it.

Jonathan Singleton, pot, and MLB's priorities

Major League Baseball's rules don't care about Jonathan Singleton's problems any longer, all because of a promotion.

Ian Kinsler's misplaced priorities

GM Jon Daniels may or may not be "a sleazeball," but Kinsler's outrage over losing his best clubhouse buddy is a great example of a ballplayer putting other considerations ahead of winning.

Is it okay to hate closers now?

With Mariano Rivera gone, it's time to get back to debunking one of baseball's most self-punishing roles.

Frank Robinson homework for everybody!

Buck Showalter gives a kid a homework assignment and everybody chuckles, but there's something more valuable at stake.

The 2014 Red Sox? Nah.

Unless ... no, I couldn't possibly be suffering from cognitive bias.

Can the Mets win 90 games like Alderson believes?

Is there any amount of things going right that can bring the Mets to Alderson's expectations?

The DH is like watery, flavorless beer

You don't like watery, flavorless beer, do you? Good, then I don't even know why we're arguing about the DH.

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Predictions: What are they good for? (Nothing)

It's baseball's silly season, when preseason publications pour out predictions by the score. Some of them will be right, many wrong, and none of it is worth getting upset over.

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