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By The Numbers: Why Do Hitters Continue To Try To Beat The Shift?

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Ted Williams often said that the hardest individual act in sports was to hit a baseball. If you are a major-league player and you hit safely three times out of ten at-bats, you are considered a very good hitter. 679 more words

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By The Numbers: Has Derek Surpassed Honus As The Greatest Shortstop Ever?

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A century ago, “Inside Baseball” ruled the national pastime. Ty Cobb was king of the American League and Honus Wagner was the pride of the National League. 789 more words

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By The Numbers: Little-Known Facts About The Babe From Julia Ruth Stevens

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Last week I was privileged to have dinner with Mrs. Julia Ruth Stevens on the occasion of her 98th birthday. 868 more words

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By The Numbers: Remembering The Iconic Mickey Mantle

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We are at the All-Star Game juncture of the 2014 season. This year has become noteworthy for a number of reasons, not the least of which are the escalation in the number of teams using defensive shifts and a plethora of injuries. 829 more words

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By The Numbers: Taking A Closer Look At Extra-Base Average

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Nearly 20 years ago, several colleagues and I co-authored an article titled Percentage of Extra-Base Hits, which appeared in the Baseball Research Journal (Number 26, 1997). 721 more words

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