Category Archives: Baseball

CATCHING A GRAPE IN YOUR MOUTH DROPPED FROM 101 FEET HIGH.

CATCHING A GRAPE IN YOUR MOUTH DROPPED FROM 101 FEET HIGH. Tyler Cowan on the Marginal Revolution site reports here on the feat of catching a grape dropped from 101 feet high in your mouth. The grapes were walnut sized … Continue reading

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DANIEL MURPHY’S GREAT HITTING CONTINUES.

DANIEL MURPHY’S GREAT HITTING CONTINUES. In October of 2015, just before the World Series began, I posted here about how Daniel Murphy’s performance in the Series would be a test of whether a baseball or basketball player can have a … Continue reading

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IS UNANIMITY AN INDICATION THAT SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG?

IS UNANIMITY AN INDICATION THAT SOMETHING HAS GONE WRONG? I came across a link to this article by Lisa Zyga about statistics in the twitter feed on the Baseball Prospectus blog about the White Sox. (Yes, it was on a … Continue reading

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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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