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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

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

04-14

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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

03-17

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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

02-03

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

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Do those extra strikes come at a cost?

Okay, okay, we get it! Catcher framing is really superduper important. Getting an extra called strike can turn an at-bat, which can turn an inning, which can turn a game, which can turn a season, which can turn someone’s summer from one that they’d rather forget to one that they’ll write a bad novel about 20 years later.

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The Guinness Effect, and why opt-outs are the only way for a true star to get what he's worth.

This offseason is starting to feel like an episode of Oprah. You get an opt-out! You get an opt-out! Yo gets an opt-out too! Opt-outs are the new must-have item this winter, and if you don’t have one, you can’t sit at the cool people table.

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The federal government gets into the sabermetrics biz.

Last week in Federal court, former St. Louis Cardinals executive Chris Correa was indicted on, and pleaded guilty to, charges that he improperly accessed the Houston Astros’ database, Ground Control, on multiple occasions. Before we go any further in this article, let’s get something out of the way. What Mr. Correa or anyone else involved in the case did or did not do is a matter for the FBI to investigate and the courts to adjudicate and I will leave that in their hands. Correa is quoted in the article as saying that he “trespassed repeatedly” and that he accepts responsibility for the case. Everyone else, not surprisingly, has largely declined to say much else.

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Start the bandwagon: The next criminally underrated HOF candidate is today's criminally underrated superstar.

I might be a little biased, but I think that if there’s something that last week’s Hall of Fame results needed, it was more inductees named Russell. With Russell Branyan not eligible for election (and in legal trouble), things have been looking kinda bleak. But something else happened in last week’s results that gives me hope. Other than that guy who’s going in with a backwards cap, catcher Mike Piazza finally got his spot in the Hall of Fame.

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Putting the question marks in our tables.

Time to do a little less #GoryMath. Really.

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December 22, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: We Can Be Heroes?

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Are players doing a good job of reining in their ambitions?

I was recently listening to some back episodes of the MLB StatCast podcast (love it!) and heard a fantastic interview between host Mike Petriello and former major-league outfielder turned Rockies broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs. (It’s the 11/5/2015 episode, which you can find here). In the interview, Spilborghs talks about how a team’s approach might make all the difference between winning and losing. In particular, he talked about how, when a team is going bad, guys get a little desperate. Instead of taking a nice rational approach at the plate, they go up attempting to hit a home run to try to light a spark under the team.

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December 16, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Have We Been Underpricing Relievers?

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All the cool teams are collecting relievers again, but are they more like pogs or Magic: The Gathering cards?

Last year, the must-have item of the Winter Meetings shopping season was a catcher with mad framing skills. In a short period of time, Hank Conger, Ryan Hannigan, Miguel Montero, and everyone who owned a chest protector on the Padres roster changed teams. This year, tastes have changed. Now, the new hip thing that all the cool teams have is a crazy good closer. More to the point, a second crazy good closer to pitch in the role once known as “the eight- inning guy.” It’s not enough to have one shoe any more. You need two.

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In praise of that word.

StatCast’s rookie season is now in the rearview mirror. And it was a good one. The slightly Orwellian information system gave us plenty of new information to drool over. We learned terms like “route efficiency” and “exit velocity” and “launch angle” and could marvel at just how fast baseball players moved around the diamond, chasing after the little white pearl which was moving even faster still. Baseball might be a game of inches, but it’s a game of inches played at insane speeds.

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Bunting and broccoli and the brain.

I believe you are all familiar with the hashtags. #Mathenaging. #Yosted. #BuntToWin. And that’s just the state of Missouri. It’s now common knowledge that there are certain strategic plays that were once popular, but upon further review, it’s clear that they are questionable tactics at best. Everyone knows it, and yet, bunting is still a thing. Even the “smart” managers do it. Why?

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November 24, 2015 7:34 am

Baseball Therapy: The Kimbrel Gambit

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Russell A. Carleton

Just how much of a difference does a good closer make?

Well, we have a pretty good idea of what Craig Kimbrel is worth at this point. Kimbrel – one of the prime contenders for “best active reliever in baseball” – has swapped his Atlanta address for sunny San Diego and then again for Boston, all within 2015. Boston paid a pretty price for the fireballer, sending four prospects to the Padres for the honor of having Kimbrel on their team. The Padres had previously sent Cameron Maybin , Matt Wisler and Jordan Paroubeck (and oh yeah, Carlos Quentin, who was immediately DFAed) to the Braves for Kimbrel, along with the most important piece of the deal, relieving the Braves of the contract of Melvin Upton Jr. (nee B.J.).

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Spoiler: It's not $15.8 million.

Baseball has been trying to figure this problem out since free agency began. Baseball players are free actors and may sign with whomever they choose—and that usually corresponds to whoever happens to offer the most money. Some teams have more money than others. How to keep the big money *cough*Yankees*cough*Dodgers*cough* teams from simply buying championships and ruining all the fun for everyone else?

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November 10, 2015 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: I Want to Write About Player Development

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Russell A. Carleton

How do we use our skills as statheads in a field that evades us?

I want to write about player development. I want to do it mostly because there’s not a lot of writing about it among the statistically inclined sort, which I find to be very strange. Everyone’s always looking around for the #NewMoneyball and, frankly, it’s staring right at them. Young, cost-controlled players return value—on average—at a dollar per win rate that’s about half what a team would pay on the free agent market. And that’s just the average. If a team is any good at player development, it can assemble a roster of young, cost-controlled players and ride that wave for a long time. If a team could nail down player development, they’d have a bit of an edge, wouldn’t you say?

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