Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2023

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Carlos Arias


baseball, data, change


The game of baseball has changed a lot in the past twenty years. It can be primarily attributed to the explosion in data analytics and how they are used to evaluate baseball players. This led to different player profiles being preferred and eventually led to the development of players changing. As a result, the strategies employed have also evolved and turned into a different game than seen only a couple of decades ago. This paper will explore the changes that the game has seen. On the other hand, Major League Baseball has also implemented its own changes to try and counteract the new strategies, which this paper will also cover. Overall this is a look into how new data can quantitatively change the perception of something that has been relatively unchallenged for a long time, how the changes can have unintended consequences, and how humans respond to evolution and change.

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