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  1. Would love it if you guys could do this with players on a regular basis.

    Comment by Eric — October 21, 2011 @ 11:28 am

  2. I like how McCarthy argues with the media-types via Twitter!

    Comment by Bill — October 21, 2011 @ 11:35 am

  3. Brandon McCarthy….2012 sleeper? Not if everyone continues writing about him.
    Ps. Good job Ryan.

    Comment by Chicago Mark — October 21, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  4. Absolutely- an engaging piece about an interesting story. Looking forward to part 2!

    Comment by Cheery o-di-O's — October 21, 2011 @ 11:40 am

  5. Great piece! I like that a lot of players look to Halladay as the model of pitcher they want to become. The same can probably said for Charlie Morton.

    Comment by Pat — October 21, 2011 @ 11:50 am

  6. Very well written article. Don’t know who this Ryan Campbell is but he better be making big bucks when he produces interesting, stats-driven articles like this one. They are not easy to write.

    Comment by Reece — October 21, 2011 @ 12:06 pm

  7. Who the hell is looking to Charlie Morton as their model pitcher?

    Comment by nitro2831 — October 21, 2011 @ 12:16 pm

  8. I absolutely love this guy. His twitter feed is one of the best I follow, regardless of baseball. He’s smart and wry and funny and I might just have a mancrush developing.

    Comment by Mark — October 21, 2011 @ 12:18 pm

  9. If I were a young pitcher working through the minors, I would totally be working on a sinker/cutter combo.

    Comment by NBarnes — October 21, 2011 @ 12:19 pm

  10. Ryan is one of the new staff members who joined the site in the last month. He’ll be contributing weekly going forward.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — October 21, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  11. Great stuff, looking forward to part 2. McCarthy, with his knowledge and willingness to talk about this stuff, is such an awesome resource.

    Comment by Kyle — October 21, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

  12. Good to hear. Can’t wait for part 2.

    Comment by Reece — October 21, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

  13. Kudos on another great hire, Dave. Outstanding piece.

    Comment by Paul — October 21, 2011 @ 12:56 pm

  14. Great read, I second all the compliments.

    Comment by Nathan — October 21, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

  15. Thank you for finally writing this article. Considering he was the FIP leader its long overdue. Mccarthy is one of my favorite players.

    Comment by Ton — October 21, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

  16. I managed to get lucky and draft him late in my fantasy league that awards pitchers based on their FIP. Even though he missed some time the results were amazing. I truly didn’t see it coming I hope he continues to do well. GO A’s

    Comment by adohaj — October 21, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  17. I suspect the lure of pitching in Oakland’s huge stadium was the real draw. Put up some decent pitching numbers there and hope a GM gives you a 2 or 3 year deal on the free agent market.

    Comment by Phantom Stranger — October 21, 2011 @ 1:31 pm

  18. I think he meant that Charlie Morton also used Roy Halladay as his model.

    Comment by Craig — October 21, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

  19. It had been in the works for quite some time. It took time as I wanted to make sure I did McCarthy’s words, and his pitching, justice. And yes, very good pitcher, and great guy.

    Comment by Ryan Campbell — October 21, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  20. After spending the time talking with him, I strongly second that opinion. Great guy and really knows his stats. If you are a Twitter person he is a must follow.

    Comment by Ryan Campbell — October 21, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

  21. Thanks for the kind words all, but the real thanks goes to Brandon who was incredibly helpful. Trust me, there was a piece written before I spoke with him and it wasn’t half as good.

    Comment by Ryan Campbell — October 21, 2011 @ 6:23 pm

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