B-R: Hit By Pitch vs Home Runs

This is cool. Andy at Baseball-Reference Blog says that there is a relationship between the number of home runs and hit by pitches in a given season. However, hit by pitches are higher in years when there either many home runs (retaliation) and few home runs (no clue).

I’m not sure if retaliation is the answer here — something just sounds off about that to me. I was under the impression baseball had done a good job cracking down on those sorts of HBP recently. Either way, it does seem that pitchers really will bean hitters more often in high and low-offense environments.

I’ve seen other studies where pitchers are more likely to hit batters when the weather is warmer, too …

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