May 4, 2011, 11:02 AM EDT
If it truly is always sunny in Philadelphia the Phils are going to have a better year than we thought, because that stuff favors the pitchers:
It turns out that batting averages go up when the sun ducks behind a cloud, according to a new study that looked at thousands of major league baseball games played between 1987 and 2002.
And hitting isn’t the only thing – the presence or absence of clouds affects baseball in all sorts of ways, from strikeouts to errors to which team wins, Wes P. Kent and Scott C. Sheridan report in an analysis published by the American Meteorological Society.
There’s a lot more date in the linked story. Seems this was all part of Kent’s master’s thesis in climatology.
In other news, I always smile when I see that people have managed to shoehorn baseball research into non-sports academic studies. You can almost picture them laughing to themselves and rubbing their hands together when they realize that the convinced their adviser to let ’em get away with fun stuff like that.
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