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Eno Sarris of FanGraphs asks "What's Up with Greinke's Slider?".
Baseball is the best it's ever been, says our own Michael Bradburn.
I'm not of the opinion that baseball shouldn't be fixed; it definitely needs some tweaking. But over the past few years, it has been one of the more forward-thinking professional leagues. Baseball introduced video replay, they added netting for increased fan safety, they introduced Statcast to measure amazing new facets of the game, they eliminated collisions at home plate and second-base, they have taken a more hard-lined stance against bench-clearing brawls, they all-but-eliminated the manager/ump argument show, and, finally, they have taken the hardest stance of any league against performance enhancing drugs.
Encouraging more diversity on the field and in the front office is something I'd like to see the commissioner focus on next for instance. But the notion that baseball needs fixing because strikeouts are up and home runs are down and amazing defenders aren't getting to show off their amazing talents less is entirely bogus. Frankly, watching Adam LaRochestrikeout on a 98mph fastball with movement from Gerrit Cole never gets old. Neither does watching Dellin Betances break Jose Bautista's back on a curveball. And as nice of a fielder as Andrelton Simmons is, the scarcity of the resource only makes his highlights more impressive. And baseball is the best it's ever been.
Here is a roundup of the latest news surrounding the National League East.
Matt Goldman wants to give Stephen Strasburg some love.
Kris Bryant has one completely ridiculous home/road split.
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Today in Baseball History: In 1967, the Dodgers were rained out for the first time since moving to LA. It was a streak of 737 straight games without a rain out.