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A Timeline of the Messy White Sox Roster

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This is a graphical representation I made of the White Sox's roster moves over the course of the season. I think it helps to put into perspective just how hectic this season has been. Whether for injury or ineffectiveness, the Sox have changed parts twice a week on average. 21 pitchers have already seen time on the active roster, and only 5 (highlighted in gray) have stayed on the roster all season.

Is the Pursuit of Perfection Squeezing the Fun From Baseball?

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As Klem, who died in 1951 after umpiring in the majors for 37 seasons, implied with his famous quip, baseball used to leave these types of close calls to the umps, who would then suffer the praise and abuse of players, fans and managers. Since the league was founded in 1869, umpires had the discretion to reward a great 250-foot throw from right field that (arguably) nabs the runner, or to protect the shortstop's knees by giving him a little leeway around second base, or to give a pitcher throwing a miraculous backdoor curve the benefit of the outside strike. For the most part, this has been great for the game. Television has changed professional sports, not just baseball but football, hockey and other games. Multiple-angle shots in slow motion, and then in high definition and super-slow motion, have led to more complicated and strictly enforced rules—because the plays have had to be more precisely defined for the technology to be meaningfully applied.

Overspending on Your Kid's Sport Isn't Fun For Anyone

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When sports psychologist Travis Dorsch set about studying the effect of parental spending on young athletes, he expected to find a positive correlation. After all, recent research suggests that young athletes benefit from parental support. But his study, just completed, found that greater parental spending is associated with lower levels of young-athlete enjoyment and motivation. "When parental sports spending goes up, it increases the likelihood either that the child will feel pressure or that the parent will exert it," says Dr. Dorsch, a Utah State University professor and former professional football player. The study adds to a small but growing body of research suggesting that parents ought to temper their investments in youth athletics. The problem, at root, isn't financial: It is that big expenditures tend to elevate parental expectations. "The more parents do, the more they expect a return on their investment," possibly reducing their chances of a favorable outcome, says Daniel Gould, director of Michigan State University's Institute for the Study of Youth Sports.

Might we have a new Gentleman Masher?

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Account of Adam Dunn showing deep class - Jim Thome style.

Footage of the White Sox and Giants in London, 1914

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Thanks to @buckweaver, who discovered that British Pathé archive just posted footage of the White Sox and Giants playing in London on Feb. 26, 1914.

Charlotte Knights Team/Stadium

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Hey everybody, I found a couple of nice pieces on the new Charlotte Knight's stadium and their team.

The '93 White Sox, RV, and Ryan from Ryan's perspective

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something from Nolan Ryan's new book on the fight.

How To Fix Baseball's OPOS Problem

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Major League Baseball has the oldest fans of the four major U.S. professional sports. During the World Series last fall, according to data gathered by Sports Media Watch, roughly half of TV viewers were 55 or older—and only 6 percent were under the age of 18. For the whole of last season, the median age for viewers of nationally telecast baseball games on Fox (FOXA), ESPN (DIS), TBS (TWX), and the MLB Network was more than 54 years old.

Sox are king in Chicago

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Although the marketing department wouldn't like this map, I sure do. The Sox are the most favored team in our own city. The Cubs do have the outer areas. Maybe they should move their stadium out there somewhere? I'm sure there is a lot of land in Iowa for them to build.

Serious Shift: Switching Defense Here To Stay

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Baseball's approach to defense, long unchanged except for the gloves getting bigger, is undergoing the most radical change in strategy since the Reconstruction Era. Defensive shifting, which started as a trend several years ago, is becoming epidemic. Major League teams "shifted" 8,134 times last season, compared with just 2,357 in 2011. Aided by increasingly complex technology, the most forward-thinking teams create different schemes and setups for virtually every batter, then switch it up, depending on the pitch count.

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