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August 21, 2013

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Effectively Wild Episode 270: Listener Email Answers in Search of a Theme

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller


Ben and Sam answer listener emails about when every team will have won a World Series, the best baseball Kickstarters, rooting for draft picks, one-pitch pitchers, and more.

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BP staff member Sam Miller
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To answer a question raised, it took me 93 tries, 65 tries, 30 tries, 62 tries, 83 tries, and 64 tries with a random number generator to get all eight teams a championship. So on average, 66 years.

Aug 21, 2013 09:50 AM
 
yacitus

I wrote some (simple) Python code to generate a random number from 0 to 29 and stop after all the numbers from 0 to 7 have been generated. (Each random number generated represents a season.) Then I put this is a loop and did it 10,000 times. I ran this several times, and every time I got a mean of 80, 81 or 82 (but almost always 82). I'll bet the average is closer to 82 than 66.

Aug 21, 2013 17:03 PM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Post in the Facebook group!

Aug 21, 2013 22:00 PM
 
BillJohnson

I'm surprised and disappointed at the answers to the kickstarter question. Kickstarting a campaign for improved analytics is at best frosting on a cake that is already being eaten. By FAR the most value from a kickstarter campaign would be education, education, education, at the absolute grass-roots level. If every Little League outfit, particularly those serving communities where there is currently little organized ball, had a paid "club pro" equivalent to what golf has, you'd be amazed at the surge in both interest and talent level of incoming players. I could really get behind a kickstarter like that.

Aug 21, 2013 10:25 AM
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BP staff member Zachary Levine
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Kickstarter: Buy the Marlins.

Aug 21, 2013 21:29 PM
 
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