Left Out: Handedness and the Hall of Fame

By Jon C. Nachtigal and John C. Barnes

This article was published in the Fall 2019 Baseball Research Journal.

An analysis of handedness and its importance to the game of baseball. Handedness historically has been of importance to how the game of baseball is played. For example, professional baseball has long alternated players at the same position of varying handedness in order to gain a competitive advantage. That advantage—the platoon effect—is in play when batters hit better when facing pitchers who throw with the opposite hand of the batter’s side preference. . . .

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