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Is Batting Last an Advantage?

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  • Theodore L. Turocy

    (Texas A&M University)

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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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Game Theory and Information with number 0309002.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 04 Sep 2003
Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpga:0309002
Note: Type of Document - TeXmacs; prepared on Linux; to print on PostScript; pages: 24 ; figures: none
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