¬Slast Licks�: Do They Really Help?

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Gary Simon

New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

Jeffrey S. Simonoff

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business; New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Much has been written about the home field advantage in sports. Baseball and softball are unusual games, in that the rules are explicitly different for home versus visiting teams, since by rule home teams bat second in each inning (they have â¬Slast licksâ¬?). This is generally considered to be an advantage, which seems to be contradicted by the apparent weakness of the home field advantage in baseball compared to that in other sports. In this paper we examine the effect of â¬Slast licksâ¬? on baseball and softball team success using neutral site college baseball and softball playoff games. We find little evidence of an effect in baseball, but much greater evidence in softball, related to whether a game is close late in the game. In softball games that are tied at the end of an inning, batting last seems to be disadvantageous later in the game, apparently related to the chances of the team scoring first to break the tie. By also examining games where one team was playing on its home field, we are able to say something about benefits from playing at home that are not related to â¬Slast licks.â¬?

Keywords: baseball, home advantage, softball

Suggested Citation

Simon, Gary and Simonoff, Jeffrey S., ¬Slast Licks�: Do They Really Help? (2005). Statistics Working Papers Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1293158

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Jeffrey S. Simonoff

New York University (NYU) - Leonard N. Stern School of Business ( email )

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New York University (NYU) - Department of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences

44 West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012
United States

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