Jim Reid (LSU): Call to the Bullpen: How the 2012 MLB Draft Shows Why the NCAA Must Make a Change to its Bylaws. From Mother Jones, Ian Gordon goes inside Major League Baseball’s Dominican sweatshop system: Teen shortstop Yewri Guillen died the day the Nationals were supposed to ship him to America — has MLB learned from the tragedy? Puerto Rico’s surprising run to the finals of the World Baseball Classic has sent the team surging up the global rankings. Since the late nineties, baseball has devised highly specific formulas for crafting lineups and judging players, but keeping the arm of a pitcher from a career-ending injury remains a mysterious, semi-mystical, and very fraught process. What's to love about baseball? Baseball is neither poor, nasty, brutish nor short — at least, if sports fans have their way. Josh Davidson on Jacques Barzun’s guide to baseball. James R. Henderson on baseball and the fine tuning argument.

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