It’s like I’ve been saying all along

May 16, 2014 · 0 comments

There’s something inherently unfair about lumping together post-season records.

Prior to 1969, there were just two teams still active after the regular 162 slate of games. Then there were an additional four. An additional round was added in 1995, and, in 2012, an additional game for the Wild Card play-in. So the if all the series went to their limits, a player could conceivable have an additional 20 games. Multiple this by three at bats per game and that’s more trips to the plate a batter could have in one entire World Series.

There’s been sabermetric speculation as to what the career numbers might look like for players like Ted Williams, Hank Grenberg, and Bob Feller, who lost prime time to the military. Along those lines, here’s a story about two students at Muhlenberg College — one, the captain of the women’s softball team — who “did the math” to see how the post-season record books might look after simulated games were incorporated for those who never had the chance to pad their stats with all those additional opportunities. (You can put their paper on your bookshelf.)

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