Baseball Errors

  title={Baseball Errors},
  author={David E. Kalist and Stephen J. Spurr},
  journal={Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports},
This paper examines the factors that determine the rate of errors called in major league baseball, and changes in the error rate over time. We find that (1) the rate of errors depends on the quality of play and characteristics of the field, but that (2) these do not fully explain variations in the error rate. With regard to point 1, we find that the error rate is higher when the quality of fielding is suspect, i.e., the performance of an expansion team in its first year, or the fielding done by… 

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