Study: Pitchers more likely to ‘bean’ batters in hot weather
Researchers analyzed data from more than 57,000 Major League baseball games from 1952 through 2009 and found that pitchers whose teammates were hit by a pitch were more likely to nail an opposing batter when the temperature reached 90 degrees F than on cooler days.
If the temperatures were in the 50s during a game, there was a 22% chance a pitcher would hit a batter if a teammate had been hit by a pitch during the first inning. But the likelihood of such retribution increased to 27% if temperatures were in the 90s.
However, if no batters had been hit by a pitch during a game, then hot temperatures had little effect on pitchers’ behavior, said the researchers at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Read the whole story: USA Today
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