.300 Problems

Major League Baseball has a noticeable dearth of .300 hitters in 2014. The rise of advanced metrics like OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) have somewhat diminished the importance of batting average. But whatever its value, the art of getting a base hit is under duress. Bill Chuck breaks down the numbers for Gammons Daily.

In Other News

Weight, Weight, Don’t Tell

Some experts no longer consider the body mass index a reliable health indicator – Mother Jones

Mea Culpa

USC cornerback Josh Shaw admitted he made up the story about rescuing his drowning nephewThe New York Times

Pier Pressure

Edit: shooting the pier at MalibuSurfer Magazine

You Do The Math

How the NFL is marketing fantasy football as an educational tool for childrenThe Wall Street Journal

Death Toll

How Michelle Lyons copes after witnessing 278 executions at a Texas state prison – Texas Monthly

Cover shot: a rare open-air day at the Roger’s Centre, AKA Sky Dome in Toronto – USA Today Sports Images