Baseball Stats (What do they mean?)

Okay, it’s coming back to me. Someone who bats .500 hits the ball and gets on base half the time. Babe Ruth has a lifetime batting average of .355 (I know this, because I saw City Slickers). So he got on base 35.5% of the time. Why don’t they just say he has a batting average of 35.5%? Anyway, when a team finishes below .500, does that mean they lost more than half their games?

And can someone explain how they came up with a pitcher’s ERA? How does that make any sense? And what does ERA mean?

(These thoughts are brought to you via J-Walk’s Blog.)

Swing Batter Swing Batter Swing!

swing batterScience of Baseball: Fastball Reaction Time

imitates a 90-mph fastball thrown by a major league pitcher. While this exhibit doesn’t test if you could actually hit a fastball, it does test whether you could react in time to hit one. When you see the “swing batter” screen, a signal in your eye sends a message to a part of your brain that controls your muscles. Your brain must then send a signal to your muscles, telling them to click.

It will tell you to swing at random times, so wait for it. I haven’t gotten a hit yet.