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Mathletics by Wayne L. Winston

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COMPARING PLAYERS FROM DIFFERENT ERAS

In chapter 15 we tried to determine whether it would be likely that Ted Williams would hit .400 if he were to play today. Our analysis required that we compared the pitching and fielding abilities of players from different eras. In chapter 15 we used a fairly simplistic approach and found that it was unlikely that Ted Williams would hit .400 today. In this chapter we use our WINVAL ratings to determine whether the players in the NBA have improved or declined in quality since 2000. The end of the chapter summarizes the results of Berry, Reese, and Larkey, who analyzed the change in player quality over time for Major League Baseball, professional hockey, and professional golf.1

Analyzing Change in NBA ...

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