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Earlier this week, 26-year old third baseman Manny Machado signed with the San Diego Padres for a record breaking 10-year $300M contract, which has been months in the making. He, along with 26-year-old outfielder Bryce Harper, have been talking with teams since October about acquiring his services for sky high amounts. Harper will likely sign in the coming weeks to a similar, albeit more expensive, contract as spring training begins around Major League Baseball. These two…

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http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/burke-badenhop-on-joining-d-backs-as-baseball-ops-analyst/Despite being a former professional pitcher, Burke Badenhop belives that what separates him from other baseball operations analysts is his economics background. As an econ major, he said:"I’m used to using numbers to paint a picture. A lot of guys only know the numbers side. There are a lot of quantitative guys, and there are a lot of qualitative guys. Being able to use both is basically what Econ is."This…
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Baseball in London?

Newly elected London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, graced the United States with his presence this week and took in a New York Mets game while he was at it. After throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Sunday, Khan spoke with Mets owner Fred Wilpon about possibly playing at London’s Olympic Stadium in the near future.  Major League Baseball has played multiple games outside of the continental US (not including Canada) over the past decade and a half, including games in…

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http://www.economist.com/blogs/gametheory/2015/03/baseball-statistics

In the article above, D.R. explains of the widely-held believe that Spring Training Baseball statistics mean absolutely nothing.  However, he challenges this using lesser known statistics and the fact that there are some ways, albeit somewhat misunderstood, to predict growing trends in players as well as in the sport itself.  He uses data that is seldom seen to show that there is some correlation between…

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Road safety in the Dominican Republic

Many Dominicans love the game of baseball and several players come to the U.S. every year to play professionally.  So, when an auto-related death of a very talented, upcoming baseball player occurred, the DR's highways received some attention.  The roads in the DR are quite unsafe and become the cause of hundreds of fatalities each year.   Since the unemployment rate there is 14%, several Dominicans are searching for ways to…

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