Dennis Lawson

In the movement to heap more and more raw data on fans, the undeniably ubiquitous Statcast represents the omnipresent data shovel.  Every piece of action on the field becomes translated into data which then spawns its own metadata which is really just data about data.  Life in this new quantifiable hardball reality requires some adjustments – both in how we view the game and how we choose to utilize/ignore the fancy new tools we have at our collective disposal.

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Mo:  “Jhonny, how are you feeling today?  The trainer told me that you were feeling a bit under the weather.”

Jhonny: “I feel fine, John Mozeliak.  Really.  Never felt better actually.”

Mo: “Are you sure?  Because I’m concerned about your physical and emotional well being.  If you aren’t 100%, then I need to know what can be done to get you to that point.”

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The Official Bag Phone of Major League Baseball

 

Mo:  “Neal, Mo here.  Heard the news about Marte.  Thought I’d give you a call to offer my sympathies and a shoulder to cry one.  I’d offer to be the big spoon, but you didn’t make it into town for this series.”

Neal:  “Great to hear from you, Moz.  I sure appreciate you calling like this.  I actually was going to give you a call after I spoke to my PR folks, but maybe you can give me a bit of advice.”

Mo:  “I’ll help in any way I can as long as we don’t have to bury a body again…”

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“His Bat Plays” of the NEGATIVE UZR Tribe of Missouri

Somewhere beyond the Matheny bashing, hypothetical lineup construction machinations, and the usual angst one expects with a 3-9 team lies an unspeakable, horrific possibility.  Maybe the window of opportunity for the Wainwright/Molina era teams has finally closed, and nobody knows it yet.  Perhaps the level of baseball played through the first 12 games more accurately reflects the team’s actual collective abilities than fans would like to believe.  If so, then embracing the Kubler-Ross five stages of grief should begin now.

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