Red Sox’s Martin Perez. (Image courtesy of John Tlumacki.)

Baseball has been called the “thinking man’s game,” and for good reason. Unlike the other major professional sports, baseball is a mental game with dozens of strategic decisions that must be made before every pitch is thrown. Pitchers must decide whether to throw a fastball or breaking ball, and which part of the strike zone to target. Hitters must anticipate which pitch is coming toward them based on the count and m…

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