Branch Rickey’s Equation Fifty Years Later
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This paper analyzes Branch Rickey’s 1954 equation in a regression context. The results for 1934–1953 are consistent with Rickey’s conclusions, and the equation holds up well when extended 51 years. Two of the main conclusions are that on-base percentage dominates batting average and that oﬀense and defense are equally important. Perhaps Rickey was as good as he thought he was?
Fair, Ray C. and Catambay, Danielle, "Branch Rickey’s Equation Fifty Years Later" (2005). Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers. 1815.