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  • Quote:"But there was one statistic that blew me away. One statistic that caught me so off guard that I double-, triple-, and quadruple-checked it to make sure I didn't screw up the calculation. I looked at the position players' collective batting average allowed on balls in play (BABIP). I was expecting something in the mid-.300s or so, figuring that they'd allow a greater rate of solid contact than the typical figure you see with real pitchers. Why wouldn't they? They aren't real pitchers.

    But I didn't get a BABIP in the mid-.300s. I got .296.

    In other words, I got a BABIP very near the league average. The league average for real pitchers. I think it's a little higher — the .300 BABIP rule we have in our heads doesn't apply to the 1970s and '80s, when the league BABIP was lower — but it's not off by much. Over the last few decades, position players have seen a similar number of balls in play find holes as pitchers have.

    // Believe in FIP/DIPS

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