Ben-Porat: Rethinking the strike zone: it’s not a square

From Eli Ben-Porat at The Hardball Times on February 19, 2019:

The strike zone isn’t a square. And it’s not a rectangle either. It’s a superellipse.

Back in 2012, Lookout Landing’s Matthew Carruth (who runs correctly pointed this out.

This series, kicking off today, will hopefully reshape the way we think of the strike zone, starting off by throwing out our preconceptions of what the strike zone’s true shape is, followed by reshaping the way we slice up the strike zone. One day, hopefully in the near future, when an analytically-inclined baseball broadcast shows you a weird, rounded rectangle as the strike zone, you’ll understand why.

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Originally published: February 22, 2019. Last Updated: February 22, 2019.