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Don't forget The Buck Effect

Don't forget The Buck Effect

They're at it again. The naysayers and stat nerds have determined that the Orioles will be unable to defend last year's runaway American League East title and are headed toward the other end of the standings in 2015. The reasoning is all too familiar. It is based on the same set of perceived weaknesses that led experts and analysts to be so wrong over the past three seasons, and it fails to take into full account the intangible factors behind the organizational renaissance that has made Camden Yards the place to be again. Or, to put it another way, the baseball intelligentsia continues to stubbornly underestimate the Buck Effect, and last year's American League...