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Unconventional? Here's the draft strategy for you

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In an -ony league? Don't want a vanilla draft strategy? Well here is your answer!

Margalus will love this: "Blowing Up Baseball's Most Dangerous Stat"

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"If you're a...baseball fan sick of suboptimal decisions resulting in painful losses, the man to blame is a late Chicago sportswriter named Jerome Holtzman. Fifty-three years ago, in an effort to shift more recognition unto underappreciated relief pitchers, Holtzman invented the save statistic. Today, that invention is responsible for far more unintended consequences, and far more heartache, than Holtzman could have ever intended. Bloody battles are fought over the ill-begotten riches that saves bestow on those who can get them. Managers lose games for their teams by getting seduced by saves. Pitchers who fail in save situations get labeled as gutless pariahs. It needs to end now. It's time to kill the save, send it to hell, and strand it there for eternity."

2011 World Series: Whither Koji Uehara And Mike Adams?

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Texas paid in players and prospects in order to improve their bullpen, but you wouldn't know it if you watched the World Series.

Shutdowns, Meltdowns, and Saves

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"For the longest time, saberists would denigrate the Save, commenting about how its rules were convoluted, it didn’t properly value relief pitchers, and it put an undo stress on the ninth inning. And all that is true, but we couldn’t get people to stop and listen as we didn’t have any alternatives to point at. Now, though, those days are past." - Steve Slowinski

SAFC 0-0 Arsenal (A)

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Sunderland’s recent run of consecutive defeats came to a welcome end with a resilient performance at the Emirates. With Steve Bruce confirming Craig Gordon’s knee injury in midweek, Simon Mignolet...

Click play, crank the volume, feel it. Feel it.... Well done, zahrauzman.

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Click play, crank the volume, feel it. Feel it.... Well done, zahrauzman.

NHL Top 10's - A YouTube Compilation

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A YouTube Compilation of NHL Top 10's

An Attempt to Reinvent Reliever Statistics

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I think now is as good as time as any to drop this theory I've been giving a lot of thought over the last week or so, given the plentiful discussions there have been when it comes to our current...

Caple: Saves Massively Overrated

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Old Minnesota boy Jim Caple penned an entertaining read for his new masters at ESPN about how horrendously overrated the save is. Based on discussion here recently, there are some folks who would enjoy the read.

Caple: "Closer" is the most overrated position in sports

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I don't know how many, if any, people reading this would disagree, but it's nice to see this issue written about somewhere other than Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times, etc. Two particularly good quotes in the article: 1) Billy Beane: "Whitey Herzog had a lot of success with a closer by committee... Although now that I think back on it, I'm not sure they called it 'closer by committee' back then. I think then it was just called 'using your bullpen wisely.' Then closers became 'specialists'." 2) Caple on the risk of more rational bullpen usage (i.e., using the best reliever in truly high-leverage situations): "Of course, there is one inherent risk to that. While teams and fans would view the save, 'save situations' and closers in a more accurate light, there is also the unfortunate risk that they would eventually overvalue the 'hold'." Also worth reading is Jonah Keri's article published on Page 2 today: "Should K-Rod be AL MVP?"

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