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09-22

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BP En Espanol: Confesiones de un falso manager: el inicio
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Russell A. Carleton

09-21

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: May
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Russell A. Carleton

09-19

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April
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09-13

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Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up
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Russell A. Carleton

09-07

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Design a Five-Way Tiebreaker
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Russell A. Carleton

08-29

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Baseball Therapy: B-E Aggressive!
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Russell A. Carleton

08-23

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Baseball Therapy: Positional Anarchy!
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Russell A. Carleton

08-15

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Baseball Therapy: Whether to Waxahachie
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Russell A. Carleton

08-09

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Baseball Therapy: The Case of the Missing Fireman
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Russell A. Carleton

07-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Justin Smoak Problem
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Russell A. Carleton

07-20

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The GM Trade Game
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Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff

07-12

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Baseball Therapy: Mr. Jones and Me
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Russell A. Carleton

07-05

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Baseball Therapy: The Great Debates
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Russell A. Carleton

06-27

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Baseball Therapy: The Pendulum Swings Back
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Russell A. Carleton

06-21

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Baseball Therapy: Senior Signs
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Russell A. Carleton

06-14

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Baseball Therapy: The Fly Ball ... Revolution?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-06

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Baseball Therapy: Fire Up the Time Machine
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Russell A. Carleton

05-31

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Baseball Therapy: Circumstances, Implementation, and the Slow Change of Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

05-23

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Baseball Therapy: How Long Can You Keep a Secret?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-16

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Assume the Ball Isn't Juiced ...
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Russell A. Carleton

05-09

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Baseball Therapy: Do Strikeouts Spread?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-02

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Baseball Therapy: Is the Whole the Sum Of Its Parts?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Disappearing Left Fielder?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-18

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Baseball Therapy: Reliably Stable (You Keep Using That Word)
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Russell A. Carleton

04-11

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Baseball Therapy: Whatever Happened to Predictability?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-04

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Baseball Therapy: Stop Shifting (So Much)
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Russell A. Carleton

03-28

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Fix the Pace-of-Play Problem
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Russell A. Carleton

03-22

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Baseball Therapy: The Secret Powers of the Foul Ball
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Russell A. Carleton

03-14

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Baseball Therapy: Bring Back Ball Four
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Russell A. Carleton

03-07

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Baseball Therapy: Is Defense Slump-Proof?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-28

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Baseball Therapy: Baseball Needs Some New Words
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Russell A. Carleton

02-21

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Baseball Therapy: Is Win Probability Broken?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-15

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Baseball Therapy: Taking the Weirdness Out of Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

02-08

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Baseball Therapy: The Minor League Milestone Chart
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Russell A. Carleton

02-01

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Baseball Therapy: Blame it on the Plane
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Russell A. Carleton

01-24

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Dig Into These Tunnels
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Russell A. Carleton

01-17

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Baseball Therapy: What Does Batter/Pitcher Matchup Data Tell Us?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-11

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Baseball Therapy: Grinding On Grounders
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Russell A. Carleton

01-04

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Baseball Therapy: The Bullpen of My Dreams
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Russell A. Carleton

12-23

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Baseball Therapy: Worrying About the Money
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Russell A. Carleton

12-13

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Baseball Therapy: The Questions We Can't Answer
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Russell A. Carleton

12-09

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Baseball Therapy: The New CBA, By The Numbers
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Russell A. Carleton

11-30

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Baseball Therapy: The 26th Man
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Russell A. Carleton

11-22

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Prospectus Feature: MLB's Ongoing Search for Front Office Diversity
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Russell A. Carleton and Kate Morrison

11-17

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Baseball Therapy: Can a Closer be Worth $100 Million?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-08

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Baseball Therapy: The Million Dollar Pillow Fight
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Russell A. Carleton

11-01

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Baseball Therapy: I Don't Know What You'll Do Next Summer
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Russell A. Carleton

10-25

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Baseball Therapy: Stop, Miller Time.
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Russell A. Carleton

10-18

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Baseball Therapy: Getting to the Bottom of the Barrel
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Russell A. Carleton

10-12

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Baseball Therapy: Cy Young Catchers
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Odio a Freud.

(More information on BP En Espanol.)

Traducción por Martín Alonso

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September 21, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: May

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Follow along as SaberManager™ leads the 2005 Chicago Cubs through the second month of their season.

Previously in this series:
Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up
Confessions of a Fake Manager: April



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September 19, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Confessions of a Fake Manager: April

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Russell A. Carleton

Follow along as SaberManager™ leads the 2005 Chicago Cubs through the first month of their season.

Previously in this series:
Confessions of a Fake Manager: The Set Up


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What would Freud say about the 2005 Chicago Cubs?

I hate Freud. I’m probably saying that because I love Freud so much. My column here at BP is called Baseball Therapy because I am, by training, a clinical psychologist. I didn’t train in the Freudian model of therapy (and I don’t see patients any more), but Freud is hard to escape in the world of psychology. Freud is hard to escape even outside the world of psychology.

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September 7, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Let's Design a Five-Way Tiebreaker

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All hail Team Entropy!

It could happen. I mean, it’s possible in the sense that it isn’t impossible. And is it ever fun to think about. For those of us who like to poke and prod at the edges of baseball just to see what will make it finally cry uncle, the idea of a massive tie for a playoff spot and the chaos that it would create is the forbidden fruit that we all hope to add to our lunch at some point. What if five teams ended the regular season tied for one playoff spot? Hooray Team Entropy! (Thanks, Jay Jaffe!)

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August 29, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: B-E Aggressive!

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Swing hard, in case you hit it.

Last week at FanGraphs, Eno Sarris posted an article that made me think. Sarris talked to a few players about the idea of hitting the ball out in front of the plate as a way to generate power. Aggression leads to home runs. Several of them cited the idea that instead of waiting back on a ball, sometimes it’s best to just go out and get it. Sarris then provided some data that showed that exit velocities, ideal launch angles, and home run probabilities are at their highest when a batter makes contact a couple of inches in front of home plate.

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The Shift. Four-man outfields. Five-man infields. Joe Maddon madness. What does a 'position' even mean now?

We’ve reached the end times. Last week the Cubs, facing Joey Votto, decided that the best way to defense him would be to have Kris Bryant play a little closer to the left-center field gap. The problem was that Bryant was listed as the third baseman at the time, and so he became the fourth outfielder. Votto smashed a grounder down the first base line for a double, but for a moment, it was possible that I was going to have to explain to my kids how it was that Votto had both popped out to third base and hit one into the gap in left-center field in the same plate appearance.

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August 15, 2017 8:09 am

Baseball Therapy: Whether to Waxahachie

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Russell A. Carleton

Why don't more managers stash a reliever in left fielder for one batter in order to preserve the platoon advantage?

Let us take some time to appreciate the Waxahachie Swap. The term was coined by Rob Neyer and describes a maneuver occasionally pulled by a manager, usually in the National League. Suppose you have a pitcher on the mound—a right-handed gent—and the other team has a left-handed hitter on the way up. You’d really rather have that lefty face your LOOGY, but bringing in your LOOGY means that the current pitcher had to go take a shower and can’t come back until tomorrow. And that makes you sad.

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Who's to blame for the disappearance of the multi-inning reliever? Tony La Russa? Dennis Eckersley? Goose Gossage?

What if Goose Gossage showed up at a team’s spring training camp. Not the 66-year-old, still fabulously mustachioed version of Goose Gossage. Imagine if Gossage stepped out of a time machine from, oh, let’s just say 1978, and reported with the rest of the pitchers and catchers on a February day. The Gossage who was quite happy to work multiple innings to pick up a save. And he was pretty good at it. He is, after all, in the Hall of Fame.

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July 25, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Justin Smoak Problem

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Russell A. Carleton

Calendars are just a construct, man.

A couple of weeks ago, we had the annual rite of summer in baseball, complaining about how the All-Star game rosters are selected. Sometimes, the rosters pick themselves. The guy who’s having the best season is also the guy who’s been the best at his position for the past few years and he’s also the most beloved player in the league.

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July 20, 2017 6:00 am

The GM Trade Game

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Russell A. Carleton and BP Staff

Were the offers better in this alternate reality?

It’s that time of year. The time when grown men hug each other to say goodbye after five months together. It’s also the time when refresh buttons are mashed on Twitter trying to catch the news of whatever trade is about to happen. It’s all so exciting. And here at BP, we like to get into the spirit of the season, too. It’s become an annual tradition to play the BP Trade Game, where we put on disguises that make us look like general managers, and pretend to trade for someone.

Today, we present the first entry in that series where we try to trade J.D. Martinez from the Tigers to a team looking for a rental bat. And, as sometimes happens with these, real life scooped us. I guess we shouldn’t feel too bad. On July 28, the Tigers are having a “Game of Thrones” night at Comerica Park, featuring a bobblehead of J.D. Martinez sitting on the throne.

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July 12, 2017 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Mr. Jones and Me

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Russell A. Carleton

"To me it just means getting rid of all these stats. Everything they're throwing at us nowadays."

Every once in a while, a quote about sabermetrics pops up that makes me pause for a moment, and last week we got one from none other than Orioles center fielder Adam Jones. Responding to a question about how to make baseball “cool” again, Jones went off on a rather interesting tangent:

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