Testing an RPI Ranking System for Canadian University Baseball

By George S. Rigakos and Mitchell Thompson

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

The Rating Percentage Index (RPI) is the most commonly used method for ranking a large number of teams that play a relatively small schedule. The purpose of this article is to explore the feasibility of an RPI ranking system for Canadian university baseball. In the absence of playoff eliminations, and where inter-conference play is sparse, an RPI-based ranking system has, proven useful — albeit controversial — in other sports, most notably college basketball in the United States. University baseball in Canada currently lacks a true national tournament. Since 1994, Canadian . . .

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