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Using Simulation to Estimate the Impact of Baserunning Ability in Baseball

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  • Baumer Ben S

    (CUNY Graduate School and University Center)

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In baseball, an offensive team's run scoring ability is dependent not only upon the batting skills of its players, but also their baserunning abilities. Using a Monte Carlo simulation based on actual statistics of real players, we estimate the magnitude of the effect of baserunning skills upon a team's run scoring ability. Our results largely confirm previous non-academic estimates that the impact of baserunning upon a team's run scoring ability is typically less than ±25 runs per season. However, we show using simple heuristic algorithms, that a team composed of the best (worst) nine baserunners could gain (lose) as many as 70 (55), runs per season due to baserunning.

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  • Baumer Ben S, 2009. "Using Simulation to Estimate the Impact of Baserunning Ability in Baseball," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, De Gruyter, vol. 5(2), pages 1-18, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:jqsprt:v:5:y:2009:i:2:n:8
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    1. Turocy, Theodore L., 2005. "Offensive performance, omitted variables, and the value of speed in baseball," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 89(3), pages 283-286, December.
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    1. Baumer Ben S. & Piette James & Null Brad, 2012. "Parsing the Relationship between Baserunning and Batting Abilities within Lineups," Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports, De Gruyter, vol. 8(2), pages 1-19, June.

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