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The objective of this thesis is to attempt to develop a method to determine the strategy giving the higher probability of scoring at least one run-attempting a sacrifice bunt or batting normally (when the situational variables are essentially neutral and do not suggest a course of action). This will be done by simulating a large number of half innings in which each of the two options is used. The output of the simulations will then be used to perform two regression analyses, which will generate two equations. The first equation will equate the probability of scoring at least one run to some combination of sacrifice bunting efficiency, team batting average and team slugging percentage. The second equation will equate the probability of scoring at least one run to some combination of the potential bunter's slugging percentage, team batting average and team slugging percentage. The two equations will then be subtracted and simplified to produce one equation that equates sacrifice bunting efficiency to some combination of the potential bunter's slugging percentage, team slugging percentage and team batting average. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1997 .C425. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 37-01, page: 0280. Adviser: Myron Hlynka. Thesis (M.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1997.
Chandler, Mathew Allen., "Situational analysis of the sacrifice bunt in baseball." (1997). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3476.