RESEARCH: What can foul balls tell us?

Across various eras of baseball research, most analysis has been done on either balls in play, or balls and strikes. Foul balls, because of their relatively meager direct influence on in-game outcomes, have been examined less often. Here, we look first at whether certain hitters and pitchers hit or allow foul balls at varying frequencies, and what other characteristics these hitters and pitchers might have.

Approach and Methodology

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