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An inspection game model of the stolen base in baseball: A theory of theft

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  • Theodore L. Turocy

    (School of Economics and CBESS, University of East Anglia)

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This paper models the stolen base play in baseball as a simple inspection game. The model offers equilibrium predictions relating the frequency with which a stolen base play is attempted, and the frequency with which it is successful. Using an extensive play-by-play dataset from 37 Major League Baseball seasons, qualitative and quantitative support is found for the predictions of the model. An exogenous change in the average number of runs scored per game during the period covered by the dataset provides a natural experiment; the equilbrium model predicts the change in the relationship between attempt and success frequencies observed in the data.

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Paper provided by School of Economics, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. in its series University of East Anglia Applied and Financial Economics Working Paper Series with number 032.

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Date of creation: 15 Apr 2012
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Handle: RePEc:uea:aepppr:2012_32

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Keywords: mixed strategy equilibrium; inspection game; baseball;

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  1. John Charles Bradbury & Douglas J. Drinen, 2007. "Crime And Punishment In Major League Baseball: The Case Of The Designated Hitter And Hit Batters," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 45(1), pages 131-144, 01.
  2. Theodore L. Turocy, 2003. "Offensive Performance, Omitted Variables, and the Value of Speed in Baseball," Econometrics 0312005, EconWPA.
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  5. David Romer, 2006. "Do Firms Maximize? Evidence from Professional Football," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 114(2), pages 340-365, April.
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