Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Perhaps Stopping Baseball Might Have Been Better

Check out this review of this book that tries to enumerate all of the deaths have occurred on the baseball diamond. So, perhaps, the new Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, did not do a great deed by ending the baseball strike.

However, given what we know about stats and such and our tendency to worry too much about rare events, we should perhaps take this book's ability to find nearly all of the deaths (perhaps they missed 50 or so) and realize that given the time spent on the baseball field, it is a far safer place than a car or a home. I also wonder how football would compare as it tends to get away with things like steroids and career-ending injuries in ways that baseball cannot.

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