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Mike Bates

  • joined Dec 20, 2008
  • last login Aug 27, 2014
  • posts 148
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Founder of The Platoon Advantage. Writer for SB Nation, Getting Blanked, and Baseball Prospectus. Fatherer of beautiful children. Friend to man and beast.

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MLB
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D-Backs scramble to cope with Corbin injury

Is top prospect Archie Bradley on the way into the starting rotation in the aftermath of Corbin's injury?

MLB
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Twins spend on Glen Perkins now to save later

Extending their closer might seem odd, but it will likely save them money as they rebuild.

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.

Frank Robinson homework for everybody!

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

David Ortiz deserves an extension (and your love)

Big Papi should get the extension he's clamoring for, regardless of what some in the media and many calling in to radio shows might think.

Is there hope for the Indians' starting rotation?

A weak defense and an almost-certain drop-off in strikeouts is going to be tough to survive.

MLB
3

3 Ralph Kiner moments from an overstuffed life

Ballplayer, soldier, minor league general manager, broadcaster... and clotheshorse?

Who's at fault, Burnett or the Pirates?

Burnett was going to retire or pitch for the Pirates, but now it looks like he'll do neither.

MLB
2

Adopting random favorite baseball players

It's not always about being great at baseball, sometimes it's just about the person playing the game.

MLB
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Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the San Diego Padres

We continue to play doctor with bad baseball teams, this week paying a house call to the San Diego Padres.

MLB
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HOF vote: Defending the nincompoop perspective

As obnoxious as voters like Murray Chass and Ken Gurnick can be, calling for their removal from the electorate is (almost) just as wrongheaded.

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the New York Mets

We continue to play doctor with bad baseball teams, this week paying a house call to the New York Mets, who just have to find the faith to believe in an invisible six-foot rabbit.

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Milwaukee Brewers

We continue to play doctor with bad baseball teams, this week paying a house call to the Milwaukee Brewers.

MLB
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Cano signing a win for the Mariners... For now

The history of second basemen is that they fall off hard after age 30, but the Mariners are paying for Cano's future to get his present. The question is, was it enough?

MLB
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Nolasco, Hughes signings sensible for Twins

At first glance it may seem like the Twins have overpaid for mediocre arms, but they're buying low on the back end of their championship rotation of the future.

MLB
5

Hall of Fame vote buy makes Deadspin an accessory

A prank goes too far, undermining the very process it wants to purify.

MLB
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Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Toronto Blue Jays

Continuing our series in which we look at where each team has been and how it might get to where it wants to go. Turn your head and cough, Toronto, it's your turn on the table.

MLB
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SB Nation: How to fix the Philadelphia Phillies

What went wrong this year and how to make it better -- time to turn your head and cough, Ruben Amaro, Jr.

MLB
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Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Seattle Mariners

Continuing our series in which we look at where each team has been and how it might get to where it wants to go. This week, the Mariners get their diagnosis.

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Chicago Cubs

Continuing a new series in which we look at where each team has been and how it might get to where it wants to go. This week it's the Cubs' chance to turn their heads and cough.

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Minnesota Twins

Continuing a new series in which we look at where each team has been and how it might get to where it wants to go. It's the Twins' turn on the couch.

Dr. SB Nation: How to fix the Houston Astros

Beginning a new series in which we look at where each team has been and how it might get to where it wants to go.

MLB
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NLDS 2013 preview: Dodgers vs. Braves

Two of the NL's best clash in a series Mike Bates thinks has a foregone conclusion.

MLB
1

The faltering Cubs youth movement

The Cubs are rebuilding from within, but a few key pieces aren't progressing as hoped.

MLB
4

Todd Helton's Hall of Fame Case

Will his friendly home park and the continuing paranoia wrought by the steroids era distort his case beyond all recognition?

Brian Kenny and my grandmother

It's not enough to kill the win, now Kenny wants to kill your grandmother's love of baseball.

MLB
1

Scherzer should win the Cy, run support or no

The reporter that riled up Jim Leyland was asking the wrong questions, because Scherzer's been flat-out awesome.

Puig is a bad guy?

That a 22-year-old, newly arrived on these shores, is immature is the ultimate dog-bites-man story, but that hasn't stopped baseball's sewing circle from jumping on the Dodgers' newest star.

MLB
4

The ridiculousness of MLB waivers

The current waiver system is archaic, and worse, it punishes players on the roster bubble.

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