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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.

Woodrow WIlson: The first fantasy baseball player

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"Wilson recorded the starting lineup of the Light Foot Base Ball Club in his copy of Elements of Physical Geography. These ninth-grade textbook doodlings have been preserved, along with a list of racehorses 'arranged by age and speed.' One year later, before moving from Augusta to Columbia, South Carolina, he went from listmaker to perhaps the inventor of fantasy baseball. Here’s the previously untold story."

Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics

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A free online course taught by Andy Andres through EdX. It doesn't start until May, but you certainly can sign up now.

Probably a good day to give up Chrome

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"Google still waiting for the Standards group to agree on best course of action, & your browser is still vulnerable." http://t.co/fkmVzjCIgn

— Simon St.Laurent (@simonstl) January 22, 2014

Matt Davidson on MLB TV

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I posted this on a 3 day old post, so I don't know if anyone else would notice it. So here I go again.

Bo knows - left field?

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Mr. T. comments on Bo throwing out a runner at the plate as a member of the White Sox. Mr. T. cannot contain himself.

WHEN GUMMO MEETS HOOSIERS

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I have been a long time fan and associate of Davy Rothbart and his work on Found, This American Life, among other projects, and recently had the pleasure of attending the screening for his most recent project which is a documentary titled Medora. The movie captures so many elements, its tuff for me to dwindle down into a few words (hence my title for a brief synopsis)...and that may be because they had over 600 hours of footage and broke it down to a beautiful 80 minute take on the trials and tribulations of a few select boys soon to be men, a broken small town, and basketball. The movie was produced by Steve Buscemi, but has a full slate of well known and unknown creative types to make it happen. Davy and his co-director Andrew Cohn are on tour right now screening their project at cities across the US. Originally it was going to show everywhere but since I believe the list has dwindled. They'll be at the Music Box in Chi., on Dec 5th. if youre interested, and if its not coming to a locale near you, I believe you can watch it on/through their site. I give it two snaps and a rewind.

Is Baseball Missing the Next Generation of Fans?

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There's one problem, though: Too many kids have found something else to do. It isn't hard to figure out why. So many games dragging deep into their fourth hour. All those AARP-eligible folks lining the lower levels of the stands. Baseball has morphed into sports' version of the opera—long productions filled with pomp, color and crazy facial hair that younger audiences just don't get. The average World Series viewer this year is 54.4 years old, according to Nielsen, the media research firm. The trend line is heading north: The average age was 49.9 in 2009. Kids age 6 to 17 represented just 4.3% of the average audience for the American and National League Championship Series this year, compared with 7.4% a decade ago.

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