Comments on: Do batters rush in the All-Star Game? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Frank http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32905 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 05:09:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32905 What was it Mark Twain said about statistics?

Anyway I am no statistician, but other than 2008, these differences do not appear to me to be statistically significant.

In ten years three AS games have higher counts and two are essentially equivalent to regular games. The last four seasons split 2-2.

What is that in 2005 a little over a tenth of a pitch per batter? In 2004 a few hundredths of a pitch? I would guess one could pick any single date during the season to see these same kinds of fluctuations over a decade (maybe look for low/high counts at beginning/end of season?)

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By: The average number of pitches thrown per game is rising » Baseball-Reference Blog » Blog Archive http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32601 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 19:01:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32601 [...] average pitchers per PA has gradually increased since 1988. (I showed some of the data in this post and will show the rest of it next week.) In 1988 it was 3.59 pitches/PA and in 2009 it was 3.83 [...]

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32578 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:25:12 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32578 Oh yeah, Statboy, good point. I forgot to put that in my original post. Just about all the time, teams in these all-star games drew 0, 1, or 2 walks. I think there's just 1 instance of a team drawing 3 walks.

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By: statboy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32577 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 17:23:58 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32577 Another thing to consider is that players in All-Star games probably don't step up to the plate looking to draw a walk, at least not as often as they would in a regular season game.

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By: Coach Todd http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32565 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:45:46 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32565 The other theory here is you can pitch around a teams top to or three batters... never give them anything really good to swing at. The All-Star game is top hitter after top hitter. You can't keep pitching around the batter. Pitchers are forced to go after each hitter. It would be interesting to see what the average rbi per batter is in this game per homerun hit. As well as number of walks vs. regular season game. My guess is everything relates to the talent in the game. Guys take pride in the game... don't think they are rushing anything... they are trying to take it all in. Trust me on that one.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32562 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:39:54 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32562 Coach Todd, great point, thanks. I've already done a lot of the research on these issues and I will be posting the results next week. You're on the right track.

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By: Bryan Mueller http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32561 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:37:20 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32561 I did say "some people" but if someone like Massarotti makes a claim that batters are trying to rush, then I am sure he probably has a pretty good argument for why he believes that. The "some people" I was more or less referring to were the members of media or other athletes (Iverson was one) who likened the sport of baseball to simply a guy throwing and a guy hitting. I will clarify next time.

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By: Coach Todd http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32560 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:33:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32560 The correlation to look at would be pitches per plate appearance of each teams ace and designated closer. In the All-Star game that's what you are getting. My guess is that the difference between a teams #1 vs #4 or #5 starter will be at least a .5 difference if not much higher. The strike vs. contact is a good guess especially since most aces and closer are strike out machines.... my guess is 3 through 5 are not nearly as low as most teams 1 and 2. Same would be true for the closer vs. All other mid relief and the fill in closer.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32550 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:25:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32550 I think it goes without saying that Mazz understands the complexity of the sport.

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By: Andy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/7482/comment-page-1#comment-32549 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:25:22 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=7482#comment-32549 One guy I heard say it recently was Tony Massarotti.

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