Many of the changes in baseball that are most lamented -- the increasing times of games, the demise of the complete game -- can be attributed to a bigger emphasis on "working the count."
It was once a discipline belonging only to a select few hitters, but the last 20 years has seen a steady rise in pitches per plate appearance, as more players learn to work the count.
Series to Watch
Cubs at White Sox
After duking it out this weekend on the North Side, these division leaders and cross-town rivals head to the South Side for three more.
News & Notes
The circumstances of this season have made this year's trade climate particularly conducive to big-name pitchers changing teams. Read More »
The Mets were criticized for the way they fired manager Willie Randolph and two coaches - specifically, for flying them to Anaheim, Calif., then canning them (and announcing it at 3:14 a.m.). But was it really any worse than these botched ax-jobs?
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