Bryan Stow can still sue the Dodgers, the Dodgers can still get out of bankruptcy

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Bankruptcy tends to get rid of all of the lawsuits you have pending against you. And the Dodgers, who are bankrupt, had been trying to have the Bryan Stow lawsuit disposed of.  Not too popular a move, of course, and Bryan Stow’s attorneys fought hard to avoid it. But now a deal has been struck.

Per Bill Shaikin, the bankruptcy court overseeing the Dodgers approved a deal in which Stow can advance his claims in regular Superior Court and, if he can make it that far, get in front of a jury. Meanwhile, Stow agrees not to object to the Dodgers emerging from bankruptcy, thereby allowing the sale of the team, set for next month, to go through.

When this idea was first suggested earlier this month, the Dodgers’ proposal was that Stow would only seek to recover damages from the team’s insurance carriers and not from individual defendants (i.e. Frank McCourt).  One would presume that that is part of the deal too.

Wow. Frank McCourt and the Wilpons all cutting deals on the same day.  It’s a pretty good Monday if you’re one of baseball’s financially troubled owners.

No one pounds the zone anymore

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“Work fast and throw strikes” has long been the top conventional wisdom for those preaching pitching success. The “work fast” part of that has increasingly gone by the wayside, however, as pitchers take more and more time to throw pitches in an effort to max out their effort and, thus, their velocity with each pitch.

Now, as Ben Lindbergh of The Ringer reports, the “throw strikes” part of it is going out of style too:

Pitchers are throwing fewer pitches inside the strike zone than ever previously recorded . . . A decade ago, more than half of all pitches ended up in the strike zone. Today, that rate has fallen below 47 percent.

There are a couple of reasons for this. Most notable among them, Lindbergh says, being pitchers’ increasing reliance on curves, sliders and splitters as primary pitches, with said pitches not being in the zone by design. Lindbergh doesn’t mention it, but I’d guess that an increased emphasis on catchers’ framing plays a role too, with teams increasingly selecting for catchers who can turn balls that are actually out of the zone into strikes. If you have one of those beasts, why bother throwing something directly over the plate?

There is an unintended downside to all of this: a lack of action. As Lindbergh notes — and as you’ve not doubt noticed while watching games — there are more walks and strikeouts, there is more weak contact from guys chasing bad pitches and, as a result, games and at bats are going longer.

As always, such insights are interesting. As is so often the case these days, however, such insights serve as an unpleasant reminder of why the on-field product is so unsatisfying in so many ways in recent years.