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  • History-dependent mixed strategies: evidence from major league baseball.

    Author(s) : Gmeiner, M. W.

    Author Affiliation : Northwestern University, 302 Donald P. Jacobs Center, 2001 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208, USA.

    Author Email : michaelgmeiner2022@u.northwestern.edu

    Journal article : Journal of Sports Economics 2019 Vol.20 No.3 pp.371-398 ref.16

    Abstract : This article analyzes to what extent baseballbaseballSubject Category: Activities
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    players adjust mixed strategies depending on the history by which the batting count is realized, then tests if these adjustments are aligned with best-response play. Two situations are examined: (1) pitches preceded by a borderline ball or strike at which the batter did not swing and (2) batters taking a strike as opposed to swinging and missing. Adjustments in batter and pitcher strategy on the following pitch are identified as statistically significant, however, of small magnitude. Analysis considers the effects of these adjustments on the expected runs scored during the plate appearance.

    ISSN : 1527-0025

    DOI : 10.1177/1527002518762554

    Record Number : 20193190870

    Publisher : Sage Publications

    Location of publication : Thousand Oaks

    Country of publication : USA

    Language of text : English

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    , United States of America

    Geographical Location(s) : USAusaSubject Category: Geographic Entities
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