Category Archives: Baseball

WHY NOT PUT BASEBALL’S “UNWRITTEN RULES” INTO WRITING?

WHY NOT PUT BASEBALL’S “UNWRITTEN RULES” INTO WRITING? There are baseball players who celebrate the tough old days and the traditions which are represented by the “unwritten rules”. The problem with “unwritten rules” is that there is no way of … Continue reading

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“FEELING LONESOME DOWN THERE?”

“FEELING LONESOME DOWN THERE?” The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee rivalry is probably the most intense in baseball. Tee shirts insulting the other team are big sellers at both ballparks. I have been told that there is an … Continue reading

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BASEBALL DEFENSES—POINTS ON A GRID.

BASEBALL DEFENSES—POINTS ON A GRID. I have posted, for example here, on the dramatic changes in baseball defenses in the last few years. There were 8134 shifts in the major leagues in 2013, compared to 2357 in 2011. One indication … Continue reading

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ANOTHER EXPLANATION FOR DANIEL MURPHY’S STREAK.

ANOTHER EXPLANATION FOR DANIEL MURPHY’S STREAK. Andrew Beaton in the Wall Street Journal (May 18) had another explanation of “How Daniel Murphy Became Ted Williams” (as the headline on the article phrased the question.) Beaton began the article by saying … Continue reading

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IS THERE AN EXPLANATION FOR WHY DANIEL MURPHY’S HOT STREAK HAS CONTINUED?

IS THERE AN EXPLANATION FOR WHY DANIEL MURPHY’S HOT STREAK HAS CONTINUED? I have posted several times about Daniel Murphy’s hot streak at the end of the season in 2015. He had never hit more than 14 home runs in … Continue reading

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SOME EVIDENCE THAT DEFENDING AGAINST A HOT HAND CAN BE WORTHWHILE.

SOME EVIDENCE THAT DEFENDING AGAINST A HOT HAND CAN BE WORTHWHILE. Much of the focus of the studies and papers on whether there is “a hot hand” (and Edmund Andrews says there have been dozens of them) has been on … Continue reading

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DEFENDING AGAINST A HOT HAND.

DEFENDING AGAINST A HOT HAND. Nate Silver, in this interview with Tyler Cowen, says that new statistical evidence suggests that there is something to the hot hand theory. He refers to this paper by Jeffrey Zwiebel and Brett S. Green, … Continue reading

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PREDICTING DANIEL MURPHY’S BATTING STATISTICS FOR 2016.

PREDICTING DANIEL MURPHY’S BATTING PERFORMANCE FOR 2016. I explained my prediction for the World Series performance of Daniel Murphy here. In that post, I tried to apply some of Philip Tetlock’s principles of forecasting. I pointed out that: “It occurs … Continue reading

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DANIEL MURPHY—NO HOT HAND IN THE WORLD SERIES..

DANIEL MURPHY—NO HOT HAND IN THE WORLD SERIES. Last fall, just before the World Series began, I posted about this article by Robert Silverman which raised the question whether Daniel Murphy’s hitting streak in his last nine games might cast … Continue reading

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MAYBE THE PLAYERS SHOULD WEAR DRESSES.

MAYBE THE PLAYERS SHOULD WEAR DRESSES. Even after two second basemen suffered broken legs last year and were unable to participate in playoff games, the new rule on “take out” slides is still controversial. A good example of an opponent … Continue reading

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