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September 23, 2013 6:00 am

Baseball Therapy: If One Win is Worth $5 Million...


Russell A. Carleton

Why big ideas to make baseball teams better aren't always easy to implement.

Lately, there’s been a lot of writing among baseball analysts and thinkers about how teams might leverage small investments to their benefit. You know the ones. They all start with “Well, if a win is worth five million dollars, then spending fifty thousand on this has to net just one hundredth of a win to be worth it.” (I’ve written a few of them myself.) Then they continue with an exasperated tone, wondering why teams don’t seem to do much of this sort of thinking. (Or do they?)

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