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Monday, September 11, 2017

Using a four-man outfield - Beyond the Box Score

Maybe not the next new thing.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 11, 2017 at 09:23 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: fielding, strategy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 4-20-2017

Pittsburgh Press, April 20, 1917:

Manager Mitchell of the Cubs has ordered the discontinuance of the hit and run play. “I’ll fine anyone who tries it,” says Mitchell—“fine him $100 for the first offense and fire him the second time. I’ve studied that play thoroughly. The odds against its bein a winner are about 70 to 1, and I don’t propose to lose out on the 69 extra chances.”

On one hand, it’s pretty cool and a bit unexpected that managers were studying success rates of plays like this. On the other hand, I find it difficult to believe that the success rate of the hit and run is (or has ever been) as low as 1.4%.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 20, 2017 at 10:02 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: dugout, history, strategy

 

 

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