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11-30

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Baseball Therapy: The 26th Man
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Russell A. Carleton

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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Russell A. Carleton

10-05

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Baseball Therapy: How Much Is Theo Epstein Worth?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-27

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Baseball Therapy: Bullpen Contagion
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Russell A. Carleton

09-20

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Baseball Therapy: Is The American League Just Better?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-13

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Baseball Therapy: Should MLB Go For the Gold?
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Russell A. Carleton

09-07

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Baseball Therapy: Stop Blaming the September Call-Ups!
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Russell A. Carleton

09-01

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Baseball Therapy: Let’s See if We Can Get a Handle on Zach Britton’s Cy Young Case
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Russell A. Carleton

08-23

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Baseball Therapy: If I Had A Million Dollars
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Russell A. Carleton

08-16

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Baseball Therapy: Rage Over Roids
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Russell A. Carleton

08-09

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Baseball Therapy: Learning A New Position Is Free
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Russell A. Carleton

08-03

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Baseball Therapy: What Would 7-Inning Baseball Look Like?
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Russell A. Carleton

07-26

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Baseball Therapy: Growing Zobrists
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Russell A. Carleton

07-19

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Baseball Therapy: The Pink Elephant Effect
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Russell A. Carleton

07-06

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Baseball Therapy: ...Although I Have No Idea How We'd Measure That
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Russell A. Carleton

06-28

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Baseball Therapy: Dollhouses and Sandboxes
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Russell A. Carleton

05-31

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Baseball Therapy: The Knee
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Russell A. Carleton

05-24

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Baseball Therapy: Framing the At-Bat
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Russell A. Carleton

05-11

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Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift
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Russell A. Carleton

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

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November 30, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: The 26th Man

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Russell A. Carleton

LOOGYs? Speed? Defense? Dads? How should teams fill a potential 26th spot on the roster.

Negotiations for MLB’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA) are heating up, and one item reportedly being discussed is the possible addition of a 26th roster spot. It would be the first expansion of active rosters in a very long time and, if it happens, would bring up the question of what teams will do with that 26th spot.

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November 17, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Can a Closer be Worth $100 Million?

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Russell A. Carleton

Aroldis Chapman wants to know. And maybe Kenley Jansen, too.

If rumors are to be believed, Aroldis Chapman is looking for a nine-digit number on his next contract. Presumably, Chapman is looking for a four- or five-year deal, which would put his annual salary somewhere in the range of $20-25 million. In a market where teams also have the option of turning to Kenley Jansen or Mark Melancon, it seems a lot to ask, but hey, why not ask for a million for every mile per hour on your fastball. (I plan on demanding $40 million this offseason, if anyone out there is looking.) Maybe Jansen and Melancon are looking for similarly huge paydays.

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November 8, 2016 8:38 am

Baseball Therapy: The Million Dollar Pillow Fight

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Russell A. Carleton

Toothbrush to be named later.

During the September stretch drive and the playoffs, when the good players play every day and the good pitchers pitch more innings than they’re used to, there’s a saying that “you can sleep in November.” Hopefully, some major leaguers are taking a well-deserved nap right about now. But baseball never really sleeps. There are general managers getting ready to call agents to make offers to free agents and calling each other to propose crazy deals. In December, they’ll throw a big sleepover in National Harbor, Maryland during the Winter Meetings and make a bunch of those deals.

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November 1, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: I Don't Know What You'll Do Next Summer

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Russell A. Carleton

Predicting humans is a tough racket.

I know that we haven’t actually reached the end of the 2016 season and the game(s) that are left are ummm ... kinda important, but the reality is that most teams are already in “next season” mode and it’s time to start thinking about what the future is going to hold. By this time next week, we’ll be talking about the Hot Stove and any other major news stories that might be going on at the time.

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October 25, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Stop, Miller Time.

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Russell A. Carleton

Can't stop Miller Time.

And suddenly, Andrew Miller is the toast of the baseball world. Miller, whose previous claims to fame included being “the guy picked right before Clayton Kershaw”, won the ALCS MVP award by turning the clock back to the 1970s and (get this!) pitching multiple innings in relief, and coming into the game in the (gasp!) fifth and sixth inning.

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What does StatCast's latest offering tell us about the hitters who launch bombs and the pitchers who serve them up?

The fruit is beginning to ripen on the StatCast vine. Today’s secret word is “barrel.” Not the wooden vessel suitable for storing wine, but a well-struck batted ball. Think, “he barreled that one up.” The nice thing about StatCast is that we now have data on how hard a player actually hit a ball, which solves for one of the great laments of batting stats throughout history. Sometimes you hit the ball dead on the nose and the shortstop makes an amazing catch. The batter did everything right and, for his efforts, he's now 0-for-1. (Worse, the guy after you dinks a little dying quail that just happens to go over the second baseman’s head and gets a hit.)

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October 12, 2016 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: Cy Young Catchers

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Russell A. Carleton

It may seem crazy, but there might be an argument to be made for a catcher--yes, a catcher!--deserving Cy Young votes.

It’s been an interesting year in baseball and in general (and it’s not over!). Maybe I’m getting a little ahead of myself, but I’m personally looking forward to seeing what happens in the voting in November. The Cy Young voting. (Is there another vote thing going on?)

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What would a replacement-level valuation system for front offices even look like?

The Cubs really like their president, Theo Epstein, and according to reports just gave him 50-ish million reasons to like them back. On top of that, they also gave his friends (general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of scouting Jason McLeod) a few million reasons each to stick around the North Side as well. The thing about Epstein’s contract is that, if it truly is for five years as reported, it puts his average annual salary at $10 million. That’s impressive, and it’s starting to look like a real major-league player’s salary, despite the fact that Epstein has pitched a total of zero innings this year for the Cubs.

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Does an ugly blown save hurt a bullpen long after that game is lost?

It’s been a tough September in San Francisco. That even-year magic that should have been carrying the Giants to their fourth World Series title in the last seven years seems to have left AT&T Park (our own Rob Mains has all the gory details).

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Well? Is it? Do you think it is? You tell me, pal.

The year 2003 feels like a very long time ago for me. I had just moved into my first “big person” apartment (which is now six addresses ago, depending on how you count things) in Chicago (two cities ago). My wife was still my girlfriend (our long-distance year), and my little brother graduated from high school. In more important news, it was the last year in which the National League compiled a winning record against the American League in interleague games. That year, the Senior Circuit got the better of 137 of the 252 games conducted between representatives of the two leagues. Since then, the American League has run off a string of 11 (and likely to be 12 in a couple of weeks) seasons in which they have emerged victorious.

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The fantasy of Real, Serious Baseball in the Olympics comes with some costs. Let's talk through the details.

Remember the Olympics?

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Measuring the full effects of a 40-man dugout on September races.

And then there were 40.

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