Friday, July 31, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, July 31, 2020 -- "The Shape of the Game"

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"Prior to 2015, we’d never had fewer than 70% of plate appearances end in a ball in play. We are rapidly heading for a game in which fewer than 60% of plate appearances do. Tell me all you want about exit velocity and spin rates and pitcher GIFs; that’s not a game that’s going to entertain people."