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Lessons from baseball

In 1941, Ted Williams, a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, had a batting average of 0.406. Considering that typical batting averages have remained largely unchanged since the origins of the professional game in the 1870s (around 0.25 to 0.28), this was a remarkable achievement, and something that has not been repeated since.

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Lessons from baseball

In 1941, Ted Williams, a Major League Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, had a batting average of 0.406. Considering that typical batting averages have remained largely unchanged since the origins of the professional game in the 1870s (around 0.25 to 0.28), this was a remarkable achievement, and something that has not been repeated since.

Arguably, however, Williams would not score anything like that average in today’s league, given the improvements in training, fitness, diet and general professionalism. So what’s going on? Firstly, the batting average is simply a measure of relative skill, between the pitcher on the one hand and the batter on the other.

As Major League Baseball has become more professionalised, batters have individually become more skilled at hitting. At the same time, however, pitchers have become more skilled at pitching. Michael Mauboussin, author of The Success Equation, describes this as a kind of arms race: absolute skills improve across the board, but relative skills, on average, remain Free Fixed Betting Matches 1×2 more or less the same.

Secondly, whilst overall skill levels have improved, the difference between the best and worst hitters (and pitchers) has shrunk. We can explain this by imagining there to be a ‘wall’ of human ability. In the early years of professional baseball, a few players were already approaching the ‘wall’ but most were still quite some way away. Over time, progressively better hitters (and pitchers) were replacing the weaker ones, and as a consequence the difference between best and worst has narrowed.