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  1. The Ozzman Cometh Around the Bases Not So Much Lately.

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    After reading Parker Hageman’s recent analysis1 on Oswaldo Arcia’s approach
    and swing, I’ve been thinking about it ever since, particularly as Arcia’s slump is reaching toward extreme extents.

    I think Parker is on in his critique of Arcia’s over-aggressive, indiscriminate approach at the plate: past success swinging at first pitch fastballs has led to present adjustments by pitchers to throw off speed early, but not- so far- to any counter ...
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  2. Tobacco and Baseball

    Did anyone else read Jim Caple’s recent article on ESPN.com about Tony Gwynn and chewing tobacco? In the article he advocates for the ban of on-field use of chew in MLB, noting that it is already banned in MiLB. The topic at hand certainly evokes strong opinions; somewhere along the lines of individual freedoms vs. general health and well-being, with a whole host of other considerations on the side.

    I was drawn to the article because I was saddened and angered to learn that Gwynn’s ...
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