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An analysis of baseball pitch data : quantifying the effect of speed, location and movement on a batter's chances of getting a hit

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dc.contributor.advisor Ernest G. Cravalho. en_US
dc.contributor.author Zelman, Helen (Helen R.) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-12T17:56:50Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-12T17:56:50Z
dc.date.copyright 2006 en_US
dc.date.issued 2006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/36820
dc.description Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2006. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 28). en_US
dc.description.abstract Advances in high-speed camera technology have made it possible to measure the trajectory of a baseball in flight. These trajectories allow for analysis of the characteristics make a pitch difficult to hit. The goal of this paper is to examine the effect of speed, location and movement on hitting statistics such as batting average. The results of this examination support conventional baseball wisdom. Fastballs and pitches in the strike zone are more likely to result in hits than off-speed pitches and pitches outside of the strike zone. Also, additional speed and movement on a pitch decreases the batter's chances of getting a hit. Finally, a preliminary model was created to observe the combined effects of speed, location and movement. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Helen Zelman. en_US
dc.format.extent 29 p. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.title An analysis of baseball pitch data : quantifying the effect of speed, location and movement on a batter's chances of getting a hit en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.B. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 82371710 en_US


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