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The Tradeoff Between Home Runs and Contact Rate

Lawrence W. Cinamon

Johns Hopkins University

December 23, 2006

This paper develops a new framework for understanding the at-bat, approaching the batter's outcomes of home runs and contact rate as revealed preferences derived from a utility optimization among mutually exclusive "long ball" and "small ball" attempts. The theory is then tested on a large sample of Major League Baseball veterans with two different panel data models. Both models find a significant and negative relationship between home runs per at-bat and contact rate.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: baseball, panel data, longitudinal, home runs

JEL Classification: C23, L83, D2

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Date posted: December 24, 2006  

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Cinamon, Lawrence W., The Tradeoff Between Home Runs and Contact Rate (December 23, 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=953409 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.953409

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Lawrence W. Cinamon (Contact Author)
Johns Hopkins University ( email )
Baltimore, MD 20036-1984
United States
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