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Rounding Third: Beating the Shift

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson

Jeff Erickson is a co-founder of and the only two-time winner of Baseball Writer of the Year from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. He roots for the Reds, Bengals, Red Wings, Pacers and Northwestern University (the real NU).

Week 15 Primer

"I don't care what the stats say..."

A couple of weeks ago I was driving back from Vegas after a crazy short stay there (less than 24 hours), lucky to be able to listen to a couple of baseball games on the way back thanks to satellite radio. Listening to a ballgame is my favorite option when driving, especially on a long drive. But because of what I do for a living, or maybe just because I'm an obsessive baseball fan, I listen with a critical ear, far more than I used to do when younger. And because of that, I've encountered quite a few topics to take umbrage against.

At any rate, when I started the drive, the only live game was the White Sox-Royals game in Chicago, meaning I had to listen to the White Sox broadcast. It's well known that their television broadcast, featuring Hawk Harrelson, is the least sabermetric-friendly broadcast out there. But the radio pairing of Ed Farmer and Darrin Jackson is nearly as bad, or

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