Little Altuve Tall in the Saddle

Baseball has long been a sport for persons of slightly above average height.  Through the decades, the average height of a player has increased from about 5’10” (in the 1900s) to just under 6’2″ (in the 2000s). So when a “vertical outlier” comes upon the scene, he tends to draw a bit more attention.  Such … Read moreLittle Altuve Tall in the Saddle

Its Your Birthday . . . Go Directly to the Big Leagues

So you are thinking of having a child, and hoping that if its a boy, he’ll grow up to be a major leaguer.  Is there any more likelihood of that happening based on his birthday? The indispensable Lahman Baseball Database has demographic information on the nearly 18,000 players in major league history, with birthdates for … Read moreIts Your Birthday . . . Go Directly to the Big Leagues

Baseball and the BMI

Baseball has had all sort of body types take the field in its history.  There have been very tall players, rather short players,  hefty hefty hefty players and wimpy wimpy wimpy ones too. Over at Beyond the Boxscore, Bill Petti does a very nice job, including a well-thought out bar chart, summarizing the “growth” of … Read moreBaseball and the BMI

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