RESEARCH: Home run streaks

The other day, on a telecast of a major-league baseball game, one of the commentators (an ex-player) noted, “We all know that those big home run hitters hit ’em in bunches.” He went on to say that the elite power hitters will often go two weeks without a tater before enjoying a homer spree.

At the risk of shooting fish in a barrel (ex-players being on the air chiefly to provide clichés and mostly uninteresting anecdotes, not insight), we thought these paired assertions deserved examination.

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