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05-03

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Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work
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Russell A. Carleton

04-27

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Baseball Therapy: Can Teams Come Back From a Comeback?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-19

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Baseball Therapy: The One About Exit Velocity
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Russell A. Carleton

04-12

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Baseball Therapy: Somebody Is Finally Trying to Kill the Traditional Closer Role
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Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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Baseball Therapy: Go Ahead, Call It a Comeback
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Russell A. Carleton

04-05

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Baseball Therapy: Someone's Not Paying Attention
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Russell A. Carleton

03-29

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Baseball Therapy: It Worked Last Time
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Russell A. Carleton

03-22

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Baseball Therapy: Are You Cultured?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-15

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Baseball Therapy: Bringing Down The House
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Russell A. Carleton

03-08

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Baseball Therapy: Should Someone Save Salvy?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-01

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Talk About Tax Policy
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Russell A. Carleton

02-23

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Baseball Therapy: Is There a Times Through The Order Penalty?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-16

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Baseball Therapy: Do Bad PECOTA Projections Make Teams Mad?
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Russell A. Carleton

02-09

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Baseball Therapy: The Crack in the Defensive Spectrum
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Russell A. Carleton

02-02

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Baseball Therapy: The Dark Side of Pitch Framing?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-26

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Baseball Therapy: It's Nice to Have Options
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Russell A. Carleton

01-19

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Baseball Therapy: Let's Figure Out What a Scouting Department's Entire Product is Worth
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Russell A. Carleton

01-12

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Baseball Therapy: Put Russell In the Hall of Fame
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Russell A. Carleton

01-05

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Baseball Therapy: Now With 50 Percent Less Math
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Russell A. Carleton

12-22

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Baseball Therapy: We Can Be Heroes?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: Have We Been Underpricing Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-08

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Baseball Therapy: Fiddlesticks, Yeah!
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Russell A. Carleton

12-01

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Baseball Therapy: The Neuropsychology of Bad Managing
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Russell A. Carleton

11-24

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Baseball Therapy: The Kimbrel Gambit
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Russell A. Carleton

11-19

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Baseball Therapy: What Should the QO Number Be?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-10

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Baseball Therapy: I Want to Write About Player Development
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Russell A. Carleton

11-03

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Baseball Therapy: How Much the DH Rule Matters
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Russell A. Carleton

10-28

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Baseball Therapy: And on the Fifth Day He Rested
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Russell A. Carleton

10-20

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Baseball Therapy: Say You'll Remember Me
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Russell A. Carleton

10-13

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Baseball Therapy: Do We Still Need Divisions?
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Russell A. Carleton

10-06

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Baseball Therapy: My Bad Baseball Predictions
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Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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Baseball Therapy: Let Him Pitch!
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Russell A. Carleton

09-22

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Baseball Therapy: Why Do Pitchers Get Tired?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-15

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Baseball Therapy: Seven Months Has Gone So Fast
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Russell A. Carleton

09-09

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Baseball Therapy: The Chessmaster and the Screwball
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Russell A. Carleton

09-03

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Baseball Therapy: A Veteran and His Presents
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Russell A. Carleton

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

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Reevaluating the shiny new toy.

Here’s a cheeky question that I ask in complete sincerity: How many home runs were hit against The Shift last year? I’m sure someone out there knows the answer to the question, but there are probably more people wondering why I even bothered to ask it. If the ball was hit over the wall, what does it matter whether The Shift was on or not? Either way, the fielders weren’t going to be able to get to it.

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Testing the belief that ninth-inning losses hurt more.

There’s nothing more thrilling in baseball than a ninth-inning comeback. Unless, of course, it’s your team being victimized by the comeback. Then, there’s nothing worse. To have fought for eight innings and held the lead, only to have the game snatched away in the ninth. It might leave the other team breathless, but it will leave you with a nasty scar.

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'The implications of this are kinda big.'

It’s 2016 and StatCast is everyone’s favorite new toy. It’s not exactly a new toy, of course. Bits and pieces of the system were rolled out in 2014 and last year, there were plenty of chances for the data to make themselves known on game broadcasts. Baseball fans have begun to absorb a new set of numbers as they watch the game. Unlike some of the “advanced” stats that have come before StatCast, these are numbers that a lot of people had actively wondered about, but had very little ability to measure. How fast was he running on that play? That looked like a long way to run to make that catch, but how long was it?

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But will Arodys Vizcaino and the Braves move the needle?

If you made a list of the top six or seven stories from the first week of the 2016 season, I suppose that Trevor Story would be the top, uh, you know. Spaces 2 through 6 or 7 would be taken up by Bryce Harper’s hat, John Gibbons’ choice of gametime attire, Kyle Schwarber’s injury, Andrew McCutchen hitting in the no. 2 spot for the Pirates, Noah Syndergaard’s 95 mph slider, and perhaps Stephen Strasburg’s slider that doesn’t actually exist.

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Why your team's hopes aren't dead by the eighth inning, and why baseball isn't either.

Is the dramatic comeback dead? Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated thinks that it is, and that it’s because teams have loaded up their bullpen with power-armed specialists who are just so good that if a team gets to the late innings with a lead, they are more likely to keep it, and thus scuttle the chances for someone to make a dramatic comeback in the late innings. A lot of the great games in baseball history involve late-inning heroics and comebacks from the brink. Everyone loves a comeback, but Verducci suggests that if the comeback becomes a lost art, it will suck all the life out of baseball.

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It's not surprising that more players are getting Therapeutic Use Exemptions than we would, statistically, expect. The system is set up to allow it.

Something is very wrong with the Joint Drug Agreement in Major League Baseball.

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Does success make Jack a predictable boy?

There’s an endless game of cat and mouse to be played among pitchers and batters. Ted Williams famously said that hitting a baseball was the hardest thing to do in all of sports, but what makes it so hard? Sure, hitting something that small traveling that fast with a blunt instrument takes Olympian levels of reaction time, hand-eye coordination, and raw strength, but put even a decent minor-league hitter up against a pitching machine that is “throwing” 95 mph and eventually, he’ll start squaring it up every single time.

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The question of cultural competence is one of the struggles that will define the next generation of Sabermetrics.

"The game is becoming a freaking joke because of the nerds who are running it. I'll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f--- they went and they thought they figured the f---ing game out. They don't know s---.” – Goose Gossage, March 11, 2016.

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The baseball missteps of of a sitcom reboot.

I’d say that Fuller House, the Netflix revival of the 1990s sitcom of a slightly shorter name, is a guilty pleasure of mine, but first you have to feel guilty about it. Yes, the scripts are still uproariously bad, but the cheese factor was what made the show good to begin with. In a world where everyone has to be too cool for everyone and everything, it’s nice to think that we can all solve our problems in the space of 30 minutes with a hug. Maybe it’s just nice to remember the 90s, when everyone wasn’t so uptight about everything.

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Should we pity the poor catcher whose manager won't give him a doggone break?

Catching might be the most exhausting job on the field. While everyone else can stand up straight and meander about their appointed pasture, you, the pitiable catcher, have to crouch behind the plate. And stop 90 mph balls with your glove. And call the pitches. And be the front-line psychologist for the pitcher. And take foul tips off the chest protector. And… oh dear, R.A. Dickey is pitching today. Plus, you gotta hit and run and sign autographs for the 8-year-olds.

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We fixed baseball!

We have a lot of problems in the United States, and every few years, we get to hear a bunch of people blather on about what those problems are, what causes them, and how to best fix them before the very order of things that we know falls apart. We know of course that most people don’t pay attention to these issues until after the World Series is over (or so the saying goes), but this really is an opportunity to make the American Past Time great again. So on this Super Tuesday, I think it’s time we had a discussion about tax policy.

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The answer might be in the first sentence.

There is no such thing as the “times through the order” penalty.

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