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How the Houston Astros Paved the Way for Baseball’s Demise

When Jeff Luhnow took over as general manager of the Houston Astros in December of 2011, he ripped the franchise down to its studs and rebuilt it into the most data-devoted, norm-questioning club in the history of American professional sports. The guy even hired a literal rocket scientist—Sig Mejdal, who led the analytical team—to join…

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