Hitting streaks in baseball may be contagious

Hitting streaks in baseball may be contagious

Teammates of a batter on a streak also hit better than average

By Nathan Seppa, 11:02 AM December 21, 2012

Like a popular politician with long “coattails,” a baseball player on a hitting streak seems to lift the performance of those around him. Teammates who play regularly with a streaking player hit at a pace above their own average during those games, a mathematical analysis shows.

“We don’t prove that hitting is contagious,” says study coauthor Joel Bock, an engineer at Scalaton, a software engineering firm in La Mesa, Calif. “But the data show there is something there.”

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