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Nov 17, 2020
Hustle Hard: A lost advantage in an analytical age

Hustle Hard: A lost advantage in an analytical age

Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/ Little League coaches and gym teachers will appreciate this line of thinking This week, I’ll be 35 years of age. While perhaps not yet “old man yells at cloud”, I can see it from here. Fortunately, for the most part, watching baseball produces the opposite effect in me. It reminds me of my childhood and gives me an outlet from the grind of day-to-day life. If I had to pick the one thing that bothers me most about watching baseball in the third decade of the third millennium, however, it would be summed up in a word: hustle. More...
Nov 10, 2020
Hail to the Chief: How the Twins have fared under each POTUS

Hail to the Chief: How the Twins have fared under each POTUS

I think I invented a new stat: WPP (Win Percentage per President) This past weekend, the United States of America (finally) crowned a new President-elect, that of course being Joseph R. Biden, who defeated an incumbent run from Donald J. Trump (and lets leave this conversation at that. -TJ) While it remains to be seen how the Minnesota Twins will fare under the Biden administration, it got me thinking about how the team had performed under previous heads of state: In the early-goings of the Twins Baseball Club, they played well under the leadership of John F. Kennedy (.522...
Nov 6, 2020
All in the cards: Analytics vs. Humanity

All in the cards: Analytics vs. Humanity

Photo by Yuri Smityuk\TASS via Face cards (or Vulcans) don’t have emotions—but people do In Game Six of the 2020 World Series—when Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash ran to the mound to remove dominant starter Blake Snell after 5.1 innings, 2 H, 9 Ks, and 73 pitches—my relationship with baseball analytics and the “old school” came full circle. As a young baseball fan, I was fascinated by baseball history. I internalized all its players, myths, and numbers, focusing on the “classics” such as wins, home runs, batting average, and runs batted in. Then, in the mid-2010s, I...

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