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Is Batting Last an Advantage?

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  • Theodore L. Turocy

    (Texas A&M University)

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This paper applies the theory of zero-sum stochastic games to assess the validity of baseball's ancient wisdom that batting last confers a strategic advantage. Results from numerical calculation of Markov perfect equilibrium suggest that the team that bats last will have an advantage if in fact the offense has, in some sense, more useful strategic actions available than the defense. An example is provided where the advantage depends on details of the teams playing. Regardless of which team has the advantage, all calculations indicate the advantage is negligible in magnitude.

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  • Theodore L. Turocy, 2003. "Is Batting Last an Advantage?," Game Theory and Information 0309002, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:0309002
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    zero-sum games; Markov perfect equilibrium; baseball;

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    • C63 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computational Techniques
    • C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games

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