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Umpire John Hirschbeck Favored Cubs in Game Three

Ian York uses PITCHf/x and his unique charts to determine if John Hirschbeck called an even game behind the plate in Game Three of the World Series.

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Is Catcher Framing Disappearing?

Some think catcher framing is on its way out, so Ian York looked at the Pitchf/x data to see if they're right.

The Always Changing Strike Zone

Umpires expand or contract the always changing strike zone. Examining PITCHf/x data, Ian York visualizes how big the zone gets 3-0 and how small it is 0-2.

Chase Utley And The Illegal Slide. Again.

Just six months after writing "Chase Utley and The Illegal Slide", Damian Dydyn has to write the sequel when the 2B slid into home over aggressively.

Pitches and Stuff: The Changeup

Changing speeds is one of the most effective ways to fool a batter. Author Mike Richmond shows how a changeup is thrown and why it is so effective.

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