Found January 15, 2013 on The Platoon Advantage:
With spring training still a month away, and nothing to occupy my time otherwise (what am I going to do? Go to sleep? Read a book? Exercise? I think not), I decided to spend my time searching through FanGraphs pitching stats. A few of the nuggets I came across:  - According to FanGraphs' Zone%, RA Dickey threw the second highest percentage of pitches in the strike zone last year, coming in behind only Cliff Lee. RA Dickey is a knuckleballer. This is crazy bones.  - Since 2011, among pitchers with at least 240 innings, Blake Beaven actually has the lowest BB/9 rate with 1.41. This is .01 lower than Cliff Lee. Of course, Beaven also has the lowest K/9 ratio in baseball in that time, so it's kind of necessary for him.  - Henderson Alvarez had the second highest HR/FB percentage in baseball last season despite the fourth best GB%. One of those should give next year. Should Miami's park play similarly to last year, that should help. Marlins Park ranked 26th in hom...

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The R.A. Dickey Trade: Why I’m Still Sad He Is Gone

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Shane Victorino Called Joe Torre to Ask for Spot on U.S. World Baseball Classic Team, Joins Ryan Braun, R.A. Dickey

While stars like Matt Kemp and Mike Trout are skipping out on the World Baseball Classic, Shane Victorino couldn’t volunteer fast enough. The Red Sox’ newest outfielder is said to have called U.S. team manager Joe Torre personally to offer his services to the club for the March tournament, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Torre did in fact accept the offer, and Victorino...
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