Evaluating Hitters

Part of the Sports Economics, Management and Policy book series (SEMP, volume 1)


Mazur (1995) applied DEA to rank the performance of MLB players. Mazur assumed that all players had the same input level and chose three outputs: batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. These three measures comprise the “triple crown” in major league baseball. Certainly, a team would prefer players with higher values of each of these variables. However, as pointed out by Anderson and Sharpe (1997), runs batted in by a particular player largely depends on the ability of the player’s teammates to reach base prior to the at bat.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA

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