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Balls are usually spherical but can be other shapes, such as ovoid (only in a few special cases).
In baseball statistics, a ball is a pitch caught outside of the strike zone and not swung at by the batter.
The ball bearing is a device used to reduce the friction of moving parts in a wide variety of machines.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/ba/Ball.html   (134 words)

 Baseball - MSN Encarta
Baseball is often called the national pastime of the United States, because of its strong tradition and great popularity.
Baseball is played on a level field, which usually covers about 2 acres (0.8 hectares).
The baseball field is also designed with a number of markings that indicate the use of certain regions.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761577710/Baseball.html   (897 words)

 Strike zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In baseball, the strike zone is a conceptual rectangular area over home plate which defines the boundaries through which a pitch must pass in order to count as a strike when the batter does not swing.
Fails to swing at a pitched ball which is called a strike—determined to be in the strike zone—by the umpire.
While baseball rules provide a precise definition for the strike zone, in practice it is up to the judgment of the umpire to decide whether the pitch passed through the zone.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ball_(baseball_statistics)   (1071 words)

And understanding baseball is a truly noble endeavor - it is the first introduction for most American children to an activity that values victory, honors achievement, rewards teamwork and promotes heterodoxy, excellence and professionalism.
Through baseball, America learned to honor men of diverse backgrounds like Babe Ruth (who came from an orphanage), Joe DiMaggio (the son of Italian immigrants) and Willie Mays (who grew up in the Jim Crow South) for their deeds and actions.
Understanding ballparks is the key to understanding baseball - the ball just flies out of some parks and dies in others.
www.baseball-statistics.com   (568 words)

 A Primer on Sabermetrics
Professional baseball started near the end of the 18th century; the National League was founded in 1876 and the American League in 1900.
If a batter hits a ball that can be caught, or that can be thrown to first base before he runs to that base, then he is said to be out, and cannot score a run.
Bill James and other baseball statisticians have shown that it is possible to answer a variety of questions about the game of baseball by means of statistical analyses.
www.todaysteacher.com /BaseballWebQuest/Sabermetrics.htm   (1540 words)

 wiffle-ball - Baseball Fever
I love playing wiffle ball as it is just fun when in baseball (it is fun to play) can have alot of pressure in it sometimes.
You throw it on the top of the ball (the side with holes, if you're using a generic wiffle ball), and put your index and middle finger on either side of the small plastic area on top.
Hold the ball on the solid part so that when you release the ball the holes (all of them) are facing directly at the batter.
www.baseball-fever.com /showthread.php?t=47387   (2640 words)

 Cult Movies: Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game - $14.16   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Curve Ball represents another advance in the genre of baseball and statistics books." -- Journal of the American Statistical Association There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable еvеnt during a baseball game and to use these data to try to understand сhаrасtеristiсs of the game.
But patterns in baseball data are difficult tо detect duе to the inherent chance variation that is present.
Curve Ball is directed tо a general audience and does not assume that the reader has any prior background in рrоbаbilitу or statistics, although кnоwlеdgе of high school algebra will be helpful.
www.cultmoviesstore.com /tvr30333837303031393358.html   (1118 words)

 Little Professor Baseball: Mathematics and Statistics of Baseball Simulation
The canonical dice for Little Professor Baseball are fl, grey and white, with the fl being the hundreds position, the grey the tens and the white the ones.
APBA Baseball, which was first released publicly in 1951, remains a popular choice, extending National Pastime to pitching and fielding, although the models of such are crudely quantized into four pitching grades and total team fielding of three grades.
Curve Ball: Baseball Statistics and the Role of Chance in the Game is a full-length book by the same author, as is Teaching Statistics Using Baseball.
www.colloquial.com /games/baseball/math.html   (5296 words)

 Read This: Teaching Statistics With Baseball
The chapter topics follow a standard introductory statistics curriculum, moving from analyzing a single batch of data, to comparisons and relationships between data sets, topics in probability, statistical inference, and Markov chains.
More troubling from a statistical standpoint is that the terms "random" and "independent" are thrown around without any definitions, leaving the interpretation of the terms to the reader's instincts, or the instructor's presentation.
The biggest payoff for the baseball fan is the last chapter, in which an inning of baseball is modeled as a Markov chain.
www.maa.org /reviews/statswithbaseball.html   (1286 words)

 Baseball Almanac - Baseball Formulas for Pitching Stats
An advanced pitching statistic used to measure the number of runs a pitcher prevents from scoring compared to the league's average pitcher in a neutral park in the same amount of innings.
This statistic uses a league normalized earned run average in the calculation and is meant to measure how well the pitcher prevented runs from scoring relative to the rest of the league.
An extremely popular statistic that is primarily used and discussed with the Fantasy Leagues and Rotisserie Leagues.
www.baseball-almanac.com /stats2.shtml   (735 words)

 Baseball Glossary at Baseball Tips.com
When a player fields a ball outside his zone and turns it into an out, it is counted as both an "out" and a "ball in zone" for the purposes of calculating his zone rating.
Therefore, zone rating should not be interpreted simply as the percentage of balls hit into a player's zone that the fielder was able to turn into outs (if that were the proper definition, it obviously would be impossible for a player to post a zone rating anywhere close to 1.000).
Again, this measure is not equal to the percentage of balls in his zone that an outfielder is able to turn into an out, since he can make up for unfielded chances by recording outs outside his zone.
www.baseballtips.com /glossary.html   (3312 words)

 Glossary of terms
This glossary contains definitions of statistical terms and measures that may be new to the average baseball fan and the advanced fan alike.
BATTERY ERRORS In baseball's early years, wild pitches, passed balls, and hit batsmen were lumped together in the statistical summary of a game as battery errors and were charged against the fielding percentage of the pitcher or catcher.
Often abbreviated as OPS, though it is abbreviated by Total Baseball as PRO, and abbreviated as PRO+ when normalized to a league average and adjusted for Park Factor.
www.baseball-statistics.com /Leaders/glossary.htm   (4166 words)

 Baseball Rules Chronology: 1900-present | BaseballLibrary.com
The cork-center ball is adopted for regular use (it had been used in the previous year for occasional play).
A fair ball that bounces through or over a fence or into the stands is considered a ground-rule double instead of a home run.
If they think that the motion of the ball indicates that the pitcher is throwing a spitter or a defaced ball, they may issue a warning and, if it happens a second time, eject a pitcher from the game.
www.baseballlibrary.com /baseballlibrary/excerpts/rules_chronology2.stm   (2002 words)

 BGSU -- Marketing & Communications -- Chance Throws Curve Balls in Game of Baseball
A recent book by Dr. Jim Albert, a professor of mathematics and statistics at Bowling Green State University,may help fans determine whether the winner is indeed the best team in baseball, and looks at the likelihood that an average team will excel in the post-season.
But in statistical terms, 20 at-bats is not nearly enough upon which to base a sound judgment.
Albert is at work on a resource book for statistics faculty designed to help them "spice up their statistics class" using baseball as a teaching tool.
www.bgsu.edu /offices/pr/news/2001/nov01/curveball.html   (540 words)

 Amazon.ca: Curve Ball : Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game: Books: James Albert,Jay M. Bennett   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics And The Role Of Chance In The Game provides the non-specialist, general reader with a sophisticated by accessible approach to statistics that can greatly enhanced their understanding and appreciation of baseball numbers and the game itself.
Albert and Bennett point out that a numerical difference in a hitting statistic such as on base percentage between Chuck Knoblauch and Kenny Lofton may be a real difference in ability but may also be a small enough difference to be merely due to chance.
Finding ways to analyze the baseball data to make probabilistic inferences like answering the question of whether Lofton is better at getting on base than Knoblauch is the focus of what professional statisticians do and is the theme of the book.
www.amazon.ca /Curve-Ball-Baseball-Statistics-Chance/dp/0387988165   (1908 words)

 Baseball Almanac - The Official Baseball History Site
Baseball Almanac has dedicated itself to preserving the history of our national pastime and has rapidly grown into an interactive baseball encyclopedia filled with more than two-hundred fifty thousand (250,000+) pages of in-depth baseball facts, original baseball research and baseball statistics not found anywhere on the Internet.
"Definitive, vast in its reach and scope, Baseball Almanac is a mother lode of facts, figures, anecdotes, quotations and essays focused on the national pastime.
Baseball Almanac has MORE than 250,000 pages of baseball history, MORE than 750,000 fast facts, original research from recognized experts AND material not found or seen on any other web site in the world.
www.baseball-almanac.com   (713 words)

 Amazon.fr : Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game: Livres en anglais: Jim Albert,Jay ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Box scores, batting averages and pitching records are published on the backs of baseball cards and in books, revised daily on Web sites and newspapers and quoted easily and authoritatively by sportscasters and in casual conversation.
The coauthors are both former chairs of the American Statistical Association Section on Statistics in Sports and fans of the Philadelphia Phillies.
As they illuminate baseball, they demonstrate the power of college-level statistics to interpret the numbers.
www.amazon.fr /Curve-Ball-Baseball-Statistics-Chance/dp/038700193X   (472 words)

 Baseball Statistics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Brendan's passion in life was baseball, and everything he did was focused toward making himself a better ball player.
This included such things as his participation in other sports for sake of baseball, his diet, and with his total devotion to his daily weightlifting routine at the gym.
Below are his statistics for his Senior year at Belmont High School, when he was co-captian for the 2000 Spring Season.
www.brendangrant.org /main_pages/tribute/trib_7bball_stats1.htm   (229 words)

 Dan's Baseball Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Baseball: The History, Statistics, and Romance of the American National Pastime.
Professional Baseball Franchises - From the Abbeville Athletics to the Zanesville Indians.
Baseball and the Cold War - Being a Soliloquy on the Necessity of Baseball.
www.kypris.com /Baseball/dan-bb.html   (1381 words)

Major league baseball gets a lot of attention and the sport is known as the national pastime, but a large number of people don't treat minor league baseball like it matters.
I will agree that minor league baseball is designed to be for the development of players to make it to the major leagues, but the people involved definitely deserve a lot more credit than they are given.
But it is still a good baseball game and you can see some really talented baseball players who will eventually put on a major league uniform.
baseballguru.com /bunko/analysisbunko27.html   (785 words)

 Read This: Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics, and the Role of Chance in the Game
If...player evaluations are normalized with respect to the number of opportunities the player had to produce offensively, the number of outs is a better measure than at-bats or plate appearances for this purpose.
The standard measures used by Major League Baseball and the media were the worst evaluators of offensive performance among those reviewed.
Curve Ball is a fascinating source book for both baseball and statistical applications thereof.
www.maa.org /reviews/curveball.html   (651 words)

 Baseball Sim Central / Articles / Gaming / What's Missing
I fall somewhere between the statistical nut who loves calling the shots as a manager and the arcade gamer who wants to crack the bat.
Any game can show the batter's average from last season, and some can show his performance today (he's 1 for 4, with one RBI), but Triple Play attempts to give relevant statistics, that show what you might expect him to be able to pull off today, not last year.
It would be nice to show pitcher statistics as well, for example, an overlay outlining that Maddux has struck out 5 of the last 7 batters.
baseball.simcentral.net /index/Articles/Gaming/908434800.shtml   (648 words)

 Amazon.com: Teaching Statistics Using Baseball: Books: Jim Albert   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Baseball is the most statistical of all sports, since players are identified and evaluated by their corresponding hitting and pitching statistics.
The idea of the book is to describe statistical thinking in a context (that is, baseball) that will be familiar and interesting to students.
If there is one thing that separates the baseball fan from those of other sports, it is their fascination with statistics.
www.amazon.com /Teaching-Statistics-Using-Baseball-Albert/dp/0883857278   (1696 words)

 The Baseball Archive
For stats junkies, the end of the season means the imminent arrival of a new version of the Lahman Baseball Database.
Although the regular season has ended, we are still waiting for the conclusion of the World Series and the announcement of the annual award winners (MVP, Cy Young, etc.), which are included in the database.
Sean Lahman, who has frequently written on the case, checked in with his thoughts on the day Rose confessed and what it means both for him and for baseball.
www.baseball1.com   (316 words)

 Baseball Graph Details
Baseball analysts like to research things in minute detail, presenting their results in nuanced numeric tables.
That is, once a ball is hit fairly by a batter (and stays in the park) the likelihood of a single vs. an out may not depend a great deal on who threw the pitch.
First, the statistics are adjusted based on the number of innings a lefthander pitches for the team, which has an impact on which side of the field batters hit the ball to.
www.baseballgraphs.com /main/index.php/site/details   (2791 words)

 Men's Baseball - NCAA Sports.com
Oregon State edges North Carolina 3-2 in Game 3 to win the school's first baseball national championship.
Marietta College won the 2006 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship on May 30, with a 7-2 win over Wheaton (Mass.) in Game 14 of the tournament.
It is the Pioneers' first national title in baseball since 1986.
www.ncaasports.com /baseball/mens   (293 words)

The Rams have been to the finals eight of the past nine years, while playing in the toughest conference in the state, the Frontier Valley.
Owasso is a great place to live, go to school and play ball.
We are searching for our past All-Staters to obtain an autographed baseball for a display case.
www.owassobaseball.com   (790 words)

 BGSU -- The Monitor --
A new book by Jim Albert, mathematics and statistics, helps make baseball statistics more understandable and usable for fans.
Curve Ball: Baseball, Statistics and the Role of Chance in the Game, has also made a hit with the media and readers.
Statistics can enhance our appreciation of baseball if properly understood, says Jim Albert, mathematics and statistics.
www.bgsu.edu /offices/pr/monitor/pastissues/11-05-01/index.html   (270 words)

 Ball32 Baseball Statistics and Softball Statistics System
But this is NOT your father's baseball statistics program, it's loaded with new features and, of course, complete Windows functionality.
The statistics control window lets you decide which stats you want to use, and the order in which they appear.
"Calculated" statistics, such as batting average, do not appear on the data entry window since they are meaningless for one game and to allow for a less cluttered data entry window.
www.binxsoftware.com /ball.htm   (843 words)

 Neal Ball Baseball Statistics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
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