If there is one common bond between Major League Baseball teams, it is that if something works for one, the rest are sure to follow suit shortly after.
A few years ago, "Moneyball" was all the rage among MLB teams, as Michael Lewis's book showcasing the Oakland Athletics philosophy of moving away from traditional scouting and focusing on statistical analysis to assemble teams caused other teams to undertake the process of promoting on-base and slugging percentages as a way to evaluate their players. While the premise behind it was solid, front office staffs forgot to cater the philosophy to their teams and parks, making the process itself flawed in its nature. Today, it has been largely discarded or evolved to a more refined version.
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On another note, I just read a fantastic baseball piece on the Pittsburgh Pirates and what it would mean to the National League if the wins against Pittsburgh didn't matter because...well...they are "JUST THE PIRATES!"