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January 28, 2013

Baseball Therapy: Fact or Fiction: The Verducci Effect

by Russell A. Carleton

The final word on whether the popular theory holds water or is fatally flawed.

January 21, 2013

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Pitchouts and My Underage Gambling Problem

by Russell A. Carleton

If it doesn't make sense to call for pitchouts, why do major-league managers keep doing it?

January 14, 2013

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Does Having a Veteran Around Help Young Players?

by Russell A. Carleton

Veteran players are often perceived to have a positive effect on their younger teammates, but can we see it in the stats?

January 10, 2013

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Lessons from the Hall of Fame Vote

by Russell A. Carleton

What the voting results tell us about the 10-player limit, the electorate's feelings about PED use, and the public/private-ballot split.

January 7, 2013

Baseball Therapy: What Really Happens When a Baseball Player Turns 18

by Russell A. Carleton

Even a "polished" teenage prospect has years of crucial neurological development ahead of him.

January 3, 2013

BP Unfiltered: A New Solution to the DH Debate

by Russell A. Carleton

Russell proposes a simple solution that might resolve the DH debate to everyone's satisfaction.

December 17, 2012

Baseball Therapy: There is No Unicorn

by Russell A. Carleton

How to be unhappy about every move your favorite team makes.

December 10, 2012

Baseball Therapy: Do Closers Age Differently Than Other Relievers?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does the stress of pitching in high-leverage spots wear closers down over time?

December 3, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Does the Way the Draft Works Now Hurt Bad Teams?

by Russell A. Carleton

A modest proposal to make the draft more fair, if a little less traditional.

November 28, 2012

Baseball Therapy: The Truth About Adderall

by Russell A. Carleton

Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for 25 games after testing positive for Adderall. What was he thinking?

November 26, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: The 2012 Silly Awards

by Russell A. Carleton

The strangest double plays, groundouts for the cycle, and more from the weird side of the season.

November 19, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Defining Change in Player Performance from Year to Year

by Russell A. Carleton

Before we can attempt to figure out why a player improved or regressed, we have to figure out how much his performance actually changed.

November 16, 2012

BP Unfiltered: Why Mike Trout Matters

by Russell A. Carleton

The argument over the AL MVP isn't a pointless squabble.

November 12, 2012

Baseball Therapy: Assessing the Risk: Hamilton, Greinke, and Mental Health

by Russell A. Carleton

BP's clinical psychologist brings his experience and expertise to bear in evaluating the impact of Zack Greinke's and Josh Hamilton's mental health histories on their on-field futures.

November 5, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: In Praise of the Modern Bullpen

by Russell A. Carleton

Sure, there might be better ways to construct bullpens than the way teams do it now, but change might not be as easy as you think.

October 29, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: The Proper Care and Feeding of Minor Leaguers

by Russell A. Carleton

Are teams losing out in the long run by letting their prospects feed on fast food?

October 22, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Are Three-True-Outcomes Players Better in the Playoffs?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does walking, striking out, and homering more often help or hurt a hitter in the postseason?

October 15, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: The Case for Cano

by Russell A. Carleton

Why Robinson Cano deserves a second-plate vote on your mental AL MVP ballot.

October 11, 2012

Premium Article Baseball Therapy: Is Joe Saunders a Double Play Machine?

by Russell A. Carleton

Does Orioles Game Four starter Joe Saunders really possess the ability to induce double plays on command?

October 2, 2012

Baseball Therapy: WARP for People Who Didn't Like Math Class

by Russell A. Carleton

A handy guide to understanding what WARP means without many numbers.

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