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Mike Bates

  • joined Dec 20, 2008
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
  • posts 132
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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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Hall of Fame vote buy makes Deadspin an accessory

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The faltering Cubs youth movement

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

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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.

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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
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The ridiculousness of MLB waivers

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

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On Biogenesis and player selfishness

Are players caught in the Biogenesis scandal actually as selfish as others are saying?

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Michael Young and the trades that weren't

There's good reason for Michael Young to be picky about his destinations, even if we have a hard time seeing them.

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Changing the Hall of Fame vote

A summer without player inductions from either of the last two centuries means it's time to change up the rules.

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Fixing the lengthy All-Star break

The lack of baseball is killing Mike Bates, and he's got a plan to fix that.

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All-Star Game Preview: In search of greatness

With all of this talent on the field, there are myriad ways the next memorable all-star moment could happen on Tuesday, as our preview details.

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Time to break up the Giants

The arrival of Jeff Francoeur should signal the beginning of a great unraveling.

Rick Reilly basically accuses Davis of PED use

Rick Reilly is still upset about the steroids era, and he's taking it out on Chris Davis.

MLB
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Stephen Strasburg on prospect hype and cynicism

Stephen Strasburg thinks rookies get built up just so they can be torn down, but that seems too cynical for Mike Bate's tastes.

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MLB must tread carefully with Biogenesis justice

If suspensions are indeed coming, they had better be well timed.

MLB trade deadline basics

As we move towards the annual July 31 swapmeet, here's a primer for how to get the most out of the buildup to the big day.

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Why don't teams trade in June?

Having a player for an extra month would mean a great impact on the pennant races, but there are a quartet of strong reasons for waiting.

Wil Myers: Augmenting already-potent Rays attack

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A newly-promoted prospect has skills that complement what the Rays already have on hand.

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HBP not Kennedy's only problem

Ian Kennedy has been struggling, and the hit by pitches are just a part of that.

Fixing the Blue Jays. Sort of.

The Blue Jays are broken. Or maybe they are't broken. But they are in last.

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Biogenesis: Bosch's credibility a problem for MLB

MLB needs justification for suspensions without testing, but can Bosch provide that?

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Glen Perkins: K leader or Twins' deadline savior?

The closer is having himself a season, but it might make more sense for the Twins if he has it elsewhere.

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