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The Stereotype-Defying Closer: A Richard Rodriguez Deep Dive

This year’s MLB trade deadline came and went, with a ton of deals made in the final hours. One move managed to fly under the radar involving a closer with two extra years of team control going to a team that is in the playoff mix. The trade in question? The Braves sent arms Bryse Wilson and Ricky DeVito to Pittsburgh for right-hander Richard Rodriguez.

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The Game is Afoot: On Sherlock Holmes, Analytics, and Fantasy Baseball

There’s nothing more elusive than an obvious fact. – Sherlock Holmes

Everyone has a movie that they love that critics despise. Some call it a guilty pleasure, while others band together over it and give it cult classic status. For me, recently, I happened upon a pair of movies that I had a similar appreciation for but had forgotten about for a time. Nearly ten years ago, Guy Ritchie’s version of Sherlock Holmes came out to much fanfare, an action variant of the classic detective story, complete with then-comeback-actor Robert Downey, Jr. as the lead and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. I had always been an ancillary fan of detective stories, Holmes stories in particular, and Downey’s involvement in the film piqued my interest, with his recent resurgent success coming off of Iron Man in full force. Unlike several critics, the action-adventure turn to the old Sherlock stories, along with Downey and Law pairing together perfectly, made both this film and its sequel (A Game of Shadows) rather enjoyable.

But you’re not here to read about what I stumbled upon vi

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