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Via reader Sean: This, from Grantland's Jonah Keri, is an astute and comprehensive piece of baseball analysis about the baffling collapse of the A's since the trade deadline. This, from the San Francisco Chronicle's Bruce Jenkins, is not. [Grantland | SF Chron]

"Amateurism, which as we conceive of it is sport as a public right, a healthy activity free of mercantilism, with possibilities for the recreation and well-being of the entire population, is almost gone ..." Fidel Castro, sportswriter.