Seven. Play the Percentages

How do you improve your batting average?

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Consider the following quote from Kevin Costner’s character Crash Davis, a perennial minor league baseball player from the 1988 movie Bull Durham, as he describes the risk/reward of the percentage hitter.

“Know what the difference is between hitting .250 and hitting .300 is? It’s 25 hits. Twenty-five hits in 500 at bats is 50 points, okay? There’s six months in a season, that’s about 25 weeks. That means if you get just one extra flare a week—just one—a gorp...a ground ball with eyes... a dying quail—just one more dying quail a week... and you’re in Yankee Stadium!”98

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