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Campus Only Senior Thesis

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Bachelor of Arts



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Serkan Ozbeklik

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Home runs have thrust the MLB into the spotlight in popular press and in scholarly publications in the past few years. Prior research on home runs has suggested that steroids or an expanded schedule are at the root of the problem. A review of previous empirical literature on baseball shows the influence of advanced data on incentives to hitting has not yet been explored. A current theory suggests that advanced data (Statcast) could be behind the MLB home run spike from 2015-2019. Using an aggregate of team-level HR/H by year, I find that after Statcast data was introduced in 2015, we have experienced a significant increase of HR/H on the team level compared to before 2015. This model is suggestive by nature of its specification, however it should spur the conversation on alternate explanations for this home run phenomenon.

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