Summary: The Homerun Hitting of Mike Schmidt
Jim Albert 1
Bowling Green State University
1 Address for correspondence: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Bowling Green State
University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA.
Mike Schmidt was one the great homerun hitters in major league baseball. Schmidt's hitting
performance was notable for its consistency over a span of 14 years. The issue of consistency
is investigated by exploring a dataset which lists the date for each homerun Schmidt hit
during his career. This exploration suggests that the homerun ability of this hitter did vary
within a given season. To see if the observed patterns correspond to real effects, simulated
homerun data is produced assuming a coin tossing model with a constant probability of
success. By comparison of Schmidt's data with this simulation distribution, it is seen that
Schmidt's homerun hitting behavior does exhibit some inconsistency. These patterns show
how Schmidt matured as a baseball hitter over his career.
In the history of Major League Baseball, Mike Schmidt was one of the best players. He