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08-25

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Baseball Therapy: Interaction Effects and Credit
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Russell A. Carleton

08-18

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Baseball Therapy: Collage or Jigsaw?
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Russell A. Carleton

08-11

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Baseball Therapy: Starlin Castro and ADHD
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Russell A. Carleton

08-04

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Baseball Therapy: No Relief For Starters
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Russell A. Carleton

07-28

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Baseball Therapy: Bumping the Grind
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Russell A. Carleton

07-21

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Baseball Therapy: So You've Decided To Trade Within Your Division
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Russell A. Carleton

07-08

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Baseball Therapy: Why Not Make the Hole Square?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-30

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Baseball Therapy: Better Playing Through Chemistry
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Russell A. Carleton

06-23

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Baseball Therapy: The Wonderful World of Throwing to First
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Russell A. Carleton

06-16

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Baseball Therapy: Paul Molitor is the Twinspiration
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Russell A. Carleton

06-10

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Baseball Therapy: Who Really Won Game 6 of the 2011 World Series?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-03

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Baseball Therapy: The Credit Card Game
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Russell A. Carleton

05-26

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Baseball Therapy: When Was the Sabermetric Revolution?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-19

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Baseball Therapy: The Left-Fielder Behind The Catcher Shift
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Russell A. Carleton

05-12

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Baseball Therapy: Are You Over 18?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-08

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Baseball Therapy: Chemical Equations
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Russell A. Carleton

04-28

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Baseball Therapy: Death of the Renaissance Man
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Russell A. Carleton

04-21

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Baseball Therapy: Should They Pitch to the Eighth Hitter?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-16

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BP Unfiltered: The Power of Seven?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-14

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Baseball Therapy: Hit the Pitcher Eighth?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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Baseball Therapy: Chopping Up the Credit
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Russell A. Carleton

03-31

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Baseball Therapy: The Most Important Player on the Field
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Russell A. Carleton

03-25

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Baseball Therapy: On the High Five
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Russell A. Carleton

03-25

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Every Team's Moneyball: Seattle Mariners: Top of the (Free Agent) Market to You!
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Russell A. Carleton

03-17

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Baseball Therapy: Can a Manager 'Win' Spring Training?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-11

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Baseball Therapy: Understanding Josh Hamilton
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Russell A. Carleton

03-03

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Baseball Therapy: The Thirty-Run Manager
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Russell A. Carleton

02-24

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Baseball Therapy: The 10th Man in the Lineup
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Russell A. Carleton

02-18

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Baseball Therapy: The Clock is Ticking...
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Russell A. Carleton

02-10

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Transaction Analysis: Padres Have Big Aims, James
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Russell A. Carleton and Wilson Karaman

02-03

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Baseball Therapy: The Power of Changing Speeds
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Russell A. Carleton

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Saber-Savvy Teams Might Want a Shift Ban
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Russell A. Carleton

01-20

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Baseball Therapy: Rick Ankiel's Third Act
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Russell A. Carleton

01-08

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Baseball Therapy: The Trouble With Velocity
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Russell A. Carleton

01-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 595: Jay Jaffe Explains the Hall of Fame
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Ben Lindbergh and Russell A. Carleton

12-30

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Baseball Therapy: How to Vote Strategically for the Hall of Fame
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Russell A. Carleton

12-23

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Baseball Therapy: Do Stars and Scrubs Lineups Actually Work?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: Should Teams Worry About Lineup Balance?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-02

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Baseball Therapy: Mining the Meaning in Matchups
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Russell A. Carleton

11-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Timeshare DH
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Russell A. Carleton

11-18

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Baseball Therapy: Against the Grind
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Russell A. Carleton

11-11

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Baseball Therapy: It's Not a Phase
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Russell A. Carleton

11-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why Joe Maddon Matters
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Russell A. Carleton

10-29

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BP Unfiltered: Why NOT to Start Madison Bumgarner
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Russell A. Carleton

10-29

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Baseball Therapy: The Problem With Lists
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Russell A. Carleton

10-22

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BP Unfiltered: There Will Be A Game Two
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Russell A. Carleton

10-21

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Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Butterflies
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Russell A. Carleton

10-16

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BP Unfiltered: If I Had $200 Million
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Russell A. Carleton

10-14

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Baseball Therapy: The Other Playoff Myths
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Russell A. Carleton

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: The Cardinals' Flickering Magic Lantern
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Russell A. Carleton

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March 17, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Can a Manager 'Win' Spring Training?

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Trying to find a reason to believe some managers get their players ready better.

It’s officially the dog days of spring training. The pitcher and catchers finally reported. They started playing games. The Will Ferrell thing happened. Everyone is wearing green today, even though that doesn’t make any sense for some teams whose name starts with “Red”. But a funny thing will happen in these next few weeks. Gone are the days when guys play every other day for four innings. Oh, they’re not up to every-single-day mode yet, but this is the part of spring training where you have to get up to full speed. Opening Day will be here before you know it!

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Dealing with addiction in a sport that wants to punish drug use.

As I write this, Major League Baseball hasn’t quite decided what to do about Josh Hamilton. Reports have suggested that Hamilton has met with league officials to discuss an incident during the offseason in which he used drugs, reportedly including cocaine and alcohol. Hamilton, who has had well-documented battles with substance use in his past, brought the incident to the attention of league officials himself. Now MLB is trying to figure out what the punishment should be for Mr. Hamilton.

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Another way of looking for the hidden geniuses in the dugouts.

What is a good manager worth? More to the point, how do we tell who the good ones are? We can measure what a manager does during the game, but that’s only a small part of his job description. A manager does decide who pinch-hits when, but he’s also in charge of making sure that everything is cool in the locker room. He manages the men as well as the game. We’re pretty sure that the answer isn’t zero, but what is it?

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Beating The Grind, and valuing the men who do it.

“There are two things in the world that every man thinks he can do better than anyone else: cook a steak and manage a baseball team.” –former Cleveland Indians owner Dick Jacobs

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February 18, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Clock is Ticking...

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Assessing the stress of the countdown.

Fast forward five years or so. And 17 seconds. MLB has entered the brave new world of the pitch clock. Ryan Webb is standing on the mound, finishing out yet another 8-3 game in which he will not get a save, a fact which will be discussed at length on Effectively Wild #1595 (a Friday episode, naturally). Webb looks in for the sign, but he’s having trouble coming to an agreement with his catcher. Webb wants to go fastball here, but his catcher is thinking a changeup would do the trick. Webb relents and nods to the changeup and gets himself mentally ready to throw the pitch. He feels a little twinge in his upper arm. Nothing major. A tiny cramp. It’s August. He wiggles his arm and the twinge goes away. Then he starts to wonder, why is it that I never get to pitch in the save situations? Why anything? Why am I here in the middle of this field? “Save.” What a funny word when you say it over and over again.

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February 10, 2015 12:01 am

Transaction Analysis: Padres Have Big Aims, James

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Russell A. Carleton and Wilson Karaman

San Diego gets James Shields for relatively little, as the market seems to have undervalued his durability.

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February 3, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Power of Changing Speeds

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Russell A. Carleton

In search of the unsequenceable hitter.

“Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing.” – Warren Spahn.

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Maybe stathead teams don't love their favorite strategy as much as you'd think.

Well, congrats go out to Rob Manfred on assuming the post of Commissioner of Major League Baseball. And congratulations go out to Rob Manfred on igniting his first Twitter controversy about three hours into his lifetime term. In an interview that he gave to ESPN’s Karl Ravech, Manfred spoke of his desire to introduce “the clock” into the game, but then continued on to this tasty nugget:

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How come we never do transaction analyses for player development hires…

This is the worst time of the baseball calendar. There’s… nothing… going… on. Oh, there’s the odd free agent signing here and there, and I guess we’re getting into arbitration season where teams and arb-eligible players pretend that they are not going to just split the difference up until they get to the doorway of the hearing room. And there’s always the spring training truck. That will leave in a couple weeks. That’s nice.

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January 8, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Trouble With Velocity

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Russell A. Carleton

When a 95-mph fastball for one hitter is a 90-mph fastball for another.

Alright, let’s figure this pitch sequencing thing out.

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Ben and Russell preview the Hall of Fame voting results and review election season with Sports Illustrated's Jay Jaffe.

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Or: How historians will explain it if Pedro Martinez fails to get 5 percent of the vote and falls off the HOF ballot in his first year of eligibility...

It’s Hall of Fame time again. And since there’s not a lot to do this week—it's something of a mutual agreement that teams give their employees the last week of the year off, so that everyone can get some vacation—it’s pretty much the only thing to write about. But of course, Hall of Fame voting has been anything but boring in the past few years. Enshrining someone in the ranks of the immortals for the rest of time is sure to start a few arguments on what merits inclusion in that very select group, but now the process itself has come under scrutiny. Voters for the Hall of Fame are restricted to only 10 checkmarks on their ballots, but many of them have said that they believe that more than 10 currently eligible bachelors are worth swiping right on (or is it swiping left… I’ve been married almost 10 years and have no idea how Tinder works).

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