Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Introduction, On Errant Play

Welcome to Baseball Blunders. My name is Joshua Makower-Brown. When it comes to offense in baseball, it is said that a walk is as good as a hit. What is rarely said however, is that a fielder committing an error could be just as good, or even better. This is of course because errors are unpredictable, and while the frequency of errors thoughout Major League Baseball has remained relatively steady over the past few decades, they are an unreliable method of offense (and are not even scored as such). So why are errors so important to the game?

Errors play such a crucial role in the outcomes of games and they impact statistics so much that no box score would be complete without an error column. Indeed, baseball is a game of inches and human element.

Baseball Blunders is here for viewers to see the errant plays in Major League Baseball, specifically errors which had a particular impact of the game or series during which it occurred.

I want to preface Baseball Blunders by noting something that baseball is not: a game of "what ifs." It is impossible to know what would have happened in any situation, but what's the harm in asking? Baseball history is in the books, and now it's time to see how it made it there.

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