Good insights. I bet the physics of baseball is a pretty interesting thing to study!
In sports, we’re so used to looking at totals, and judging a player’s worth based on these raw numbers. How many RBIs does he have? How many rebounds has he grabbed?
But if the sports analytics movement has taught us anything, it’s that more often than not, percentages tell a truer story. A player may compile lots of RBIs because he happens to have talented teammates that actually get on base. But shouldn’t his value be judged on the percentage of available runners he drives in? A basketball player may grab a ton of rebounds, but is that because he happens to play for a good defensive team, which produces more missed shots, and more available rebounds to grab? Shouldn’t we look at the rate of which he grabs available rebounds?
Before the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that the baseball…
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