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09-30

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Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty
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Russell A. Carleton

09-29

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Baseball Therapy: There Is No Derek Jeter Conspiracy
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Russell A. Carleton

09-23

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Baseball Therapy: Will StatCast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-16

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Baseball Therapy: Starving Young Royals, Battle-Tested Tigers, and an Unsquarable Circle
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Russell A. Carleton

09-09

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Baseball Therapy: Poisoned by Losing?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-04

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Baseball Therapy: I Guess You Just Throw The Next Pitch
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Russell A. Carleton

08-26

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Baseball Therapy: How Billy Beane Built the Royals
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Russell A. Carleton

08-19

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Baseball Therapy: Becoming An Adult f/x
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Russell A. Carleton

08-12

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Baseball Therapy: I Believe In Clutch Hitting
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Russell A. Carleton

08-05

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Baseball Therapy: Big Extension, Big Mistake?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-29

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Baseball Therapy: Trading Ryan Howard For Nothing and Winning
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Russell A. Carleton

07-15

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are We Playing Hunger Games with Minor Leaguers?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-08

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Baseball Therapy: What is a Fast Runner Worth?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-01

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Baseball Therapy: Do Some Pitches Do More Damage Than Others?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-24

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Baseball Therapy: Is it Really Harder to Scout in New England?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-19

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Baseball Therapy: Should You Trust the Projections?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-17

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Baseball Therapy: What High School Has to Do with Tommy John
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Russell A. Carleton

06-13

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Baseball Therapy: What You Can Do With Your Old Baseball Cards
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Russell A. Carleton

06-10

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Baseball Therapy: Can Draft Lightning Be Bottled?
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Russell A. Carleton

06-03

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Baseball Therapy: Introducing My Daughter to Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

05-30

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Baseball Therapy: The Hard Part About Preventing Tommy John Surgeries
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Russell A. Carleton

05-27

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Baseball Therapy: The Annual Amateur Draft Guessing Game
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Russell A. Carleton

05-20

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Baseball Therapy: Beware the Genius Tag for Coaches
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Russell A. Carleton

05-13

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Baseball Therapy: Analytical Master or Leader of Men?
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Russell A. Carleton

05-06

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Baseball Therapy: Is Oakland's Run Differential for Real?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-29

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Baseball Therapy: Do Innings Limits Work?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-22

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Baseball Therapy: The Houdini Hangover Effect
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Russell A. Carleton

04-15

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Baseball Therapy: Why Sabermetrics Needs Translational Research
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Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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Baseball Therapy: Beware of the Intentional Walk?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-01

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Baseball Therapy: The Complete Value of a Complete Game
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Russell A. Carleton

03-27

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Baseball Therapy: Advances in Chemistry?
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Russell A. Carleton

03-24

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Baseball Therapy: The Complicated Recoveries of Aroldis Chapman and Salvador Perez
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Russell A. Carleton

03-17

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Baseball Therapy: The Viability of Burying a Bad Bat
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Russell A. Carleton

03-10

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Baseball Therapy: The Baseball Questions We're About to Be Asking
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Russell A. Carleton

03-04

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Baseball Therapy: Why The Cardinal Way is the Most Important Book in Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

02-24

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Baseball Therapy: But…He Finished Strong Last Season!
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Russell A. Carleton

02-17

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Baseball Therapy: Looking for Meaning Amid the Small-Sample Flukes
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Russell A. Carleton

02-11

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Baseball Therapy: When Sabermetrics Gets Personal
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Russell A. Carleton

02-03

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Baseball Therapy: How Would We Know That a Team Has Good Chemistry?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

01-13

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Baseball Therapy: Building a Better Starting Rotation
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Russell A. Carleton

01-09

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Baseball Therapy: The Hall of Fame Ballots By the Numbers
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Russell A. Carleton

01-06

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Baseball Therapy: The Five-Man Rotation: The Appendix of Baseball
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Russell A. Carleton

12-26

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Baseball Therapy: Rest an Extra Day to Keep the Doctor Away?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-16

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Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Four-Man Rotation?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-09

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Baseball Therapy: What Happened to the Complete Game?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-02

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Baseball Therapy: Dating the Impulse to Protect Pitchers
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Russell A. Carleton

11-25

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Baseball Therapy: The Corner-Outfield Inefficiency
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Russell A. Carleton

11-18

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Baseball Therapy: Why Do Teams Overpay for Free Agents?
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Russell A. Carleton

11-11

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Baseball Therapy: The Cost of a Cost-Controlled Win
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Russell A. Carleton

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September 30, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The Wild Card Penalty

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Russell A. Carleton

Does the wild card winner have a worse chance of advancing out of the LDS than if they didn't have to win a wild card game first?

It’s time for some Wild Cards! Tonight, the A’s will face off against the Royals. Someone will win the game, and their prize will be an all-expenses-paid trip to Anaheim for a best-of-five series against the Angels. The Royals will send James Shields to the mound and the A’s will counter with Jon Lester. No matter who wins, that team will not be able to call upon their ace until Game 3 of that Angels series. Good luck, fellas.

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September 29, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: There Is No Derek Jeter Conspiracy

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Russell A. Carleton

Move it along, nothing to see.

Flash back to last Thursday night at Yankee Stadium. In a year that had already been improbable, the impossible happened. (Yeah, I know.) Derek Jeter, in his final game at Yankee Stadium, with the crowd chanting his name in four beats, singled through the right side in the bottom of the ninth inning to plate pinch runner Antoan Richardson and give the Yankees a walk-off 6-5 win. Captain Clutch came through one last time in front of the home crowd. It was one of those baseball moments that make you tingle. It’s one of those reasons I love the game. It was ... staged?

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Single-year outfield defense might be an intractable problem.

Remember a few weeks ago when Alex Gordon was leading the American League in WAR? No one questions that Gordon is having a(nother) really good season and should rightly get some down-ballot MVP votes, but the best player in the American League? People quickly noticed that a good chunk of Gordon’s WAR came from his defensive ratings, where, at the time, he was picking up roughly two wins worth of value in left field. Gordon’s regarded as a good left fielder, but “good left fielder” is also the “great personality” of fielding aficionados.

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Don't believe everything you read, especially when it comes to playoff cliches.

It’s going to be a barnburner of a race in the AL Central. The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers are running neck and neck to be champions of Middle America. Obviously, the Tigers have the advantage because they’ve “been there before.” The Tigers have been to the ALCS the past three years, and have been through their share of pennant races. The team is filled with seasoned veterans who now know how to manage a pennant race because of their vast experience. In a stunning feat of doublethink, the Kansas City Royals also have an advantage. The Royals' last trip to the playoffs was when “1984” meant “last year.” Come to think of it, the Royals' playoff drought is older than most of the Royals’ regulars. But because they have a team of young guys, they are hungry. Starving really. They’re just a fun bunch of young guys who don’t know they should be scared. They play loose. Their lack of experience is actually their greatest asset.

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The Astros have lost a lot by design. Are they going to pay an on-field price?

Well, the Astros made news again last week by firing manager Bo Porter. According to media reports, which is the adult way of saying “I heard it from Larry in algebra class,” it was due to disagreements between Porter and general manager Jeff Luhnow. There seems to be a lot of that around nowadays. The Astros will break their streak of consecutive 100 loss seasons this year, but there’s no doubt it’s been rough for the past few years on the Gulf Coast of Texas. Luhnow is now the wampeter of the baseball karass (a billion points for that reference) and, strangely for such a mild-mannered guy, might be the most polarizing figure in the game today. Whether it’s fair or not, a narrative has developed around the Astros that their ruthless rebuild, while it may eventually prove effective, is an exercise in masochism. Sure, they needed to be rebuilt and rebuilds involve pain, but aren’t they playing Breaking Madden with a real live baseball team?

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September 4, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: I Guess You Just Throw The Next Pitch

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Russell A. Carleton

How do pitchers react in the immediate aftermath of a homer?

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of presenting some research at SaberSeminar in Boston to a room full of sabermetric luminaries (also, Mike Ferrin was there!) and one guy who was really confused about why no one was talking about swords. The seminar itself was a joy but, of course, given that I was in Boston and within walking distance of Fenway Park, it would have been a shame not to go to a game. It was my first time at Fenway, and if you haven’t yet been, it is worth the trip from anywhere. TV doesn’t do it justice.

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August 26, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: How Billy Beane Built the Royals

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Russell A. Carleton

The Kansas City Royals are in the first place. How did their genius general manager get them there?

Yes, I know.

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August 19, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Becoming An Adult f/x

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Russell A. Carleton

Minor leaguers are barely adults. What are teams doing about that?

Let’s play Family Feud. Name something that you need to be able to do on your own in order to be a functioning adult. I’ll wait while you write a few things down. Here, I’ll even give you a little room

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In a shocking turn of events here in Saberville, renowned analyst Russell Carleton has announced that he is on the clutch bandwagon!

I know, I’m not supposed to, but I believe in clutch hitting.

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August 5, 2014 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Big Extension, Big Mistake?

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Russell A. Carleton

Big contracts like Joe Mauer's often go bad, but teams keep signing them. Why?

Let’s talk about Joe Mauer. In spring training 2010, the defending MVP and reliable six- or seven-win Mauer signed a contract extension with the Minnesota Twins that will run until 2018 and pay him roughly $23 million per year. It’s by far the richest contract the Twins have ever given out. I suppose that if anyone were going to get that contract from the Twins, Mauer, who hails from Minnesota and apparently believes so deeply in the cause that he is the father of actual twins, would seem to be the perfect candidate. Still, it was a big commitment from the “small-market” Twins. Such contracts are usually only legal in New York and Los Angeles.

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"You can't just trade him for nothing!" Sure you can.

Last week, I saw what I thought was an Onion headline. After all, The Onion has gotten so good at what they do, I now assume that anything in my Facebook feed is satirical. The story said that the Phillies were “working hard” to trade Ryan Howard. I don’t often use “LOL” when I type, because I don’t often laugh out loud.

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Minor leaguers are probably underpaid

I think the secret is out. Minor league players get paid very little. Not just a little bit compared to the millionaires they hope to become. They put in long hours and have a couple hundred dollars at the end of the month (plus some per diem) to show for it. In fact, there’s a lawsuit on the subject that’s been filed by some former minor leaguers, alleging that teams have broken federal minimum wage law. (I’ll leave the issue of legality to the courts.) Some end up eating poorly because they can’t afford nutritious food and have no means to cook it. They share small apartments with teammates. They sleep on the floor. Plenty retire because they can’t afford to chase the dream any more. I’m sure some retire because they get sick of living hand-to-mouth (which would be a balk).

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