Scholar: Brandon Koch
Faculty Mentors: Dr. Anna Panorska
Research Topic: The Impact Temperature on Major League Baseball
Abstract: Major League Baseball is played from the beginning of April through the end of October each year, encompassing three of the four meteorological seasons: spring, summer, and fall. The 30 teams play in cities across the United States and Canada in many types of weather. This work studies the impact of temperature on a Major League Baseball game by examining the association between temperature and several Major League Baseball game statistics, including runs scored, batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, home runs, walks, strikeouts, hit-batsmen, stolen bases, and errors. Data from 22,215 games, spanning the 2000-2011 regular seasons, were studied. Temperature was categorized as "cold," "average," and "warm." Analyses were performed on the following populations: all Major League Baseball games, games played in the National League, games played in the American League, and games played in 23 different stadiums that are currently being used by Major League Baseball teams. Home and away teams' performances were analyzed separately for each population of games. The results of this study show that runs scored, batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, and home runs significantly increase while walks significantly decrease in warm weather compared to cold weather.
Earned Baccalaureate Degree: Spring 2013
Doctoral Degree Update: Enrolled at University of Minnesota for a Ph.D. in Biostatistics