Monday, August 24, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 24, 2020 -- "Fun With Numbers: Calvinball!"


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"Back-of-the-envelope math tells me that eventually around 20% of the 2020 baseball season will be played under Calvinball rules, maybe more. The Blue Jays have played 26 games, and nearly 40% of them have been non-standard. For the Phillies, it’s seven of 24; the Marlins, six of 22. The A’s are 5-0 in extra innings; the Jays are 3-5 -- eight ghost-runner-on-second games out of 26 total!  Just five National League teams are over .500 in games played under normal rules."