A few months ago, right after Felix Hernandez's perfect game, a friend of mine sent me an article entitled 27 Perfect Things about Felix Hernandez's Perfect Game written by the excellent Jonah Keri. Along with the link, the friend had written, "I'm only on #18, but check out #20. Do you have the guts?"
Within the 20th 'perfect thing' Keri had this little nugget of intrigue:
But the study I'd like to see done (and which I once tried, and failed, to complete) is an in-depth look at the possible effects of getaway day.
One thousand ideas immediately began firing off in my imagination, as I immediately and excitedly began to draft the SQL code for such a study in my mind. Yet, as it turns out, it's one hell of a monster-sized project-- one I am certain I do not have the time for at the moment.
But man oh man, would I love to see someone test for a Get-away Day effect.
This sort of yearning for a study, large or small, probably happens to me once or twice a week. Last week, for instance, there was a line in Bryan Grosnick's excellent article on The Atlanta Braves Outfield where Bryan references "the all-time great outfields" without naming any specific trios. That just about killed me when I read it. I could not wait to get home from work and run that query through my database. You may think I'm exaggerating, but I'm fairly certain I was salivating at the keyboard.
I'm curious what study you'd like to see, but maybe don't have the time or resources to investigate? Who knows, there are a few of us here within the BTBS community that may be able to help you with your mystery. Maybe someone knows exactly where the data is at, or maybe the analysis has already been done. It may change the way we see the game of baseball forever!
Personally, I know my way around retrosheet's play-by-play files fairly well, and I'd be more than happy to run anything anybody would like to see. And if you happen to have a in-depth get-away day analysis lying around somewhere, I wouldn't mind you posting that...
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