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A.J. Burnett and the Baseball Media’s Misguided Optimism

of the worst things baseball analysts so consistently do is blur the line between correlation and causation.

The Yankees went nine years without a championship? Blame Alex Rodriguez. The Angels and Cardinals both win the World Series? Must be because of David Eckstein. Some pitchers get better backing offenses than others? It's because pitchers "earn their run support."

In spring training, the combination of a clean slate and this massive confusion about what makes teams successful leads to a seemingly endless series of season-preview articles full of misguided optimism.

For example, when I opened up the Providence Journal on Tuesday, I was greeted by an article about New York Yankees starter A.J. Burnett, who earned $16.5 million ...

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