Hitting streaks spread success

A baseball player’s hitting streak may boost teammates’ batting averages

By Stephen Ornes, 15:42 PM January 11, 2013

For baseball players who want to increase their batting success, a new study offers this tip: Get on a team with a slugger. When one player experiences a hitting streak, his teammates do better as well, according to the new analysis of baseball stats. (In baseball, as in life, some people are improved by the company they keep!)

 

The scientists didn’t identify the reason for this link. However, the pattern is real, they reported this past December in the scientific journal PLOS ONE.

 

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