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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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What’s The Difference Between The Baseline and The Basepath?

Rick Rowand explains what the difference is between the baseline and the basepath in light of the current issues brought on by the Chase Utley incidents.

Pitches and Stuff: The Fastball

The fastball is the most prevalent pitch in MLB and Michael Richmond explains the physics, including backspin and Magnus force, to an effective pitch.

Pitches and Stuff: The Curveball

Why does the curveball curve? Understanding the interaction of the ball with the air can help you see when a pitcher is on his game or having a bad day.

Pitches and Stuff: Two-Seam Fastball

The two-seam fastball is thrown at the same speed as the four-seam fastball, but it can have a very distinct break. Mike Richmond explores why.

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