Sunday, August 16, 2009

Surprising Stat--Lefties

No, I'm not talking about my fellow liberals but about baseball.

From a Times article on the scarcity of left-handed catchers in baseball:
But right-handed catchers do not seem to struggle throwing past lefties; besides, while right-handed hitters made 62 percent of major league plate appearances 50 years ago, it is now almost even, 56 percent to 44.
I know Mickey Mantle wasn't the first switch hitter in baseball, but he was the greatest one .

From a human perspective it's a lesson in how adaptable people can be, particularly when they have large financial incentives.

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