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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Where Have You Gone, Rance Mulliniks?

I wondered how unusual this was, to employ a platoon in 97 percent of a team’s games? Had any platoon ever finished at 100 percent? To help answer these questions, I asked Retrosheet’s Tom Ruane to provide me some data and (as usual) he came through. Because Retrosheet’s lineup data go back to 1908, my study covers 1908-2017, 100 seasons.

For the purposes of my study, I define a platoon as a two-person single-position job share in which a left-handed hitter starts against right-handed pitchers, and a right-handed hitter starts against left-handed pitchers. I am looking at starting lineups, so what happens the rest of the game does not matter. I am looking at positions in isolation, so I do not care what a player does on his day off – he might platoon at catcher but play center field on his “off” days. I allow a switch-hitter to hold down one half of a platoon – his starts against the “other” handed pitchers would not count as complying with the platoon.

Fiore Gino Posted: July 10, 2018 at 08:59 AM | 15 comment(s)
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