3707Re: [baseball-databank] Fixing Bat Hand Code
- Jan 5, 2009
> I am of the opinion that the Master table should contain the historicallyWe still have the issue with JT Snow, who should show in the MASTER table
> documented handedness for the hitter, while the Batting table should
> reflect the in-season handedness as Tom suggested earlier. If a player
> like Orlando Merced, for example, is listed historically as a
as a switch hitter, since he switched-hitted even more than Merced.
For players with limited playing time, I'm ok with MASTER showing guys as
switch hitters, even if they never switched-hit in MLB (on the expectation
that eventually we'll get minor league or college data that shows them as
But, for guys who have switched hit in MLB (based on my algorithm, or
anyone else's), then I don't see any reason to think that what we have in
MASTER is necessarily the "historically documented fact" that it might
purport. If all the annual sporting news guides or Red/Green books are
showing JT Snow as never been a switch hitter every year, then ok, show
the MASTER like that, even if he did switch hit substantially.
Mike Maddux never switched hit in any season, even though in his career he
batted from both sides. So, in this case, all the annual guides probably
never show him as a switch hitter.
Net/net: let's make the rules, and then validate the data against those
rules. Let's proceed on the basis that yes, we want batting handedness at
the MASTER and at the BATTING tables.
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