Once again, I'm forced to use this space to point out Hackery. There's been lots of discussion about "Productive Outs" in other spaces, but now Buster Olney has invaded my space.
This article is unbelievably bad, misleading, and gives the larger reading audience that Buster has access to that injuries are a big mystery that can't be penetrated by the fans.
Buster -- and much of what ESPN has done recently -- is trying to take baseball back into the domain of the mythic, where things are controlled by forces we don't understand or by men that simply know more than us. They feel no need to explain things; we're merely to pay our money and accept it.
There was a time last year when I was excited to have an article I wrote on ESPN.com. No more. There are blogs with a lot more credibility. If not for Gammons, Neyer, and Stark, I don't think I'd ever read their stuff. Period.
So in six months, they've taken one of the most passionate baseball fans you'll find (me) and made ESPN.com near unreadable, SportsCenter and Baseball Tonight near unwatchable, and the sound on ESPN's telecasts still goes down when I watch. It's a sad state of affairs because I know I'm not alone.