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Job posting for Royals systems architect

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Probably not so helpful for anyone here since the job is in KC, but it gives technical types a peek at the kinds of things they're working on. The interesting thing is that R and Python, the long-term second choice in mathematical modeling, aren't part of the job description.

Baseball's job title inflation

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Major League Baseball is a famously conservative institution, enamored with its history and slow to evolve. But the sport is finally catching up to the rest of American business in one vital area: job-title inflation. Since the end of the 2013 season, five of the seven teams that have hired or promoted new people to run their baseball departments have given them lofty titles that don’t include the traditional description of the role: general manager. Three of those teams have, in turn, named that person’s chief underling the general manager, redefining what it means to have that coveted job.

Jeter was beaten to the punch by Jim Brosnan

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Jim Brosnan, though, was letting readers in on a quieter, simpler secret: what it’s like inside a big-league uniform. Sometimes literally, as in this passage after he was traded midseason to the Reds: "Life in the Cincinnati clubhouse in midsummer is lived in the raw. Pregame uniform is jock strap and shower clogs. The thought of putting on a flannel uniform over woolen socks and undershirt starts the sweat rolling. ‘How many electric fans you got in here, Chesty?’ I asked the clubhouse man. ‘Not enough,’ he said." Brosnan followed "The Long Season" with another book, "Pennant Race," but, as with all athletes, his days on the field were numbered. In 1963 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox, who warned him that he must not write or publish anything during the season. By 1964 he was out of baseball and spent the rest of his life in Morton Grove sustaining himself as a freelance writer, including baseball stories for Boys’ Life magazine.

Fangraphs' Evaluating the Prospects: Chicago White Sox

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I havent seen this posted yet and thought it was worth the read. If I just missed it somewhere I will delete.

SABR day Jan. 31 2015

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SABR Day Chicago and Milwaukee coming up Jan. 31, 2015 at the Brat Stop in Kenosha at I-94 and Highway 50.

The San Quentin Giants

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7 min NYT op-doc about baseball in the notorious prison.

Moises Sierra Claimed By The Royals

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No more Nori The Killer for the Royals next season? Also, Michael Taylor was outrighted to AAA.

How to Use Tableau for Baseball Data – TechGraphs

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Another tool to look into for displaying baseball data in a more user-friendly manner.

Reggie Jackson and the Cost of US Health Care

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Ignore the political rhetoric, and look at the totality of U.S. policy in terms of its impact on health care as an industry. Medicare, Medicaid, new insurance mandates, elimination of coverage caps, Part D drug coverage and the Affordable Care Act have been the economic equivalent of baseball’s pay-TV revenues, new luxury boxes and online subscriptions services: huge new sources of revenue.

Last Minute Derek Jeter Retirement Gift Shopping Ideas

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Ugh! I knew it would come to this. I'm a terrible procrastinator. Derek Jeter is days away from retirement, and I still haven't bought that dude a gift. Have you?

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