Showing posts with category "major league baseball"

Congratulations to the Rockies

While many pundits expound on the Mets' phenomenal collapse and the Phillies' race to the top of the NL East, few had paid much attention to the rise of the

February 16, 2022
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colorado rockies

Ticket Prices and Team Quality

The Kansas City Royals have raised ticket prices for next season by 15%. This announcement comes on the heels of another not-so stellar season. It also comes

February 16, 2022
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elasticity of demand

Does Baseball’s Salary Arbitration Process Reduce Player Performance and Weaken Player-Club Relationships?

Guest Post by John Budd

February 16, 2022
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arbitration

Playoff Roulette

Jeffrey Beckmann at BleacherReport presents a slideshow of the "50 Best Teams" not to win a World Series.  Of the teams on this side of 1950, the 1996 Braves

February 16, 2022
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major league baseball

The World is Not Enough

Ryan Jazayerli at Grantland offers a thorough and insightful survey of the demise of the Astros in "Rock Bottom in H-Town." Many turns to the story -- hiring

February 16, 2022
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major league baseball

How Much v. How Well -- Michael Jordan as "6th Man"?

In 1968, Gates Brown hit .450 as a pinch hitter and .370 in total with an OPS of 1.12.  Yet, Brown did not register in the year end MVP voting.  His AL record

February 16, 2022
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major league baseball

Home Plate Collisions -- Baseball or Rugby?

Warning: Readers who think about sports rules and practices solely as "that's the way it has been so that's the way it should be" probably won't like this post.

February 16, 2022
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major league baseball

Brazil Bleg

Bitter football enemies Argentina and Brazil (combined 7-time World Champions) square-off yet again in a friendly next Wednesday.  The match is in (of all

February 16, 2022
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fifa

Faking = Cheating? The Curious Case of Derek Jeter

As anyone other than the home plate umpire watching Wednesday night could easily determine, both from the loud "doink" of the ball hitting the bat as well as

February 16, 2022
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baseball

Wake Me Up When We Play Algeria

2-2 vs. Slovenia, and whew!  That was the most thrilling tie in American history.  We're still alive!!

February 16, 2022
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fifa

Something for Everybody: MLB's Mechanism Design

Continuing my recent Yankees theme ... in a curiously long post on his blog, SI writer Joe Posnanski considers the effect of MLB's playoff structure on the

February 16, 2022
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mlb

Fans as Inputs, An Apparently On-Going Series

In an earlier post I mentioned that there aren't too many treatments in the formal sports economics literature that examine fans as inputs. One notable

February 16, 2022
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elasticity of demand