…until Opening Day! So close…
Until Opening Day!
The current time is 1:43 a.m., and as I endure my inability to sleep, I decided to Google “baseball insomnia.” One of the myriad items that came up in the search results was this 2013 article from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine: “Studies link fatigue and sleep to MLB performance and career longevity.” The very first sentence of the article states, “Two new studies show that fatigue may impair strike-zone judgment during the 162 game Major League Baseball season, and a MLB player’s sleepiness can predict his longevity in the league.”
To which my initial reaction was, “Well, duh.”
But even as I continue to marvel at the seemingly obvious bits of common sense that prompt these kinds of studies, as I read, I had to admit that sometimes there is a benefit to it. In this case, while it seems like it would make perfect sense that fatigue and sleep would be an indicator of success in baseball, the real question becomes: what are teams doing to combat fatigue? For, as Scott Kutscher points out as a result of the study, “teams may be able to gain a competitive edge by focusing on fatigue management.”
It is, understandably, common for a team to want to play its best players day in and day out throughout the season. I would be curious to see a study on a player like, say, Cal Ripken that analyzes his performance in April of each season versus in September. I’m sure such a study exists (or something similar to it), I’d just have to make a point to look for it. Granted, Ripken’s consecutive games streak record would not exist now had Orioles management focused more on fatigue management, which would be a deprivation to the game as we know it today. Nevertheless, it is something to think about.
Don’t forget to wear your green!
Today marks 20 days until Opening Day! While we continue to wait patiently, the Baseball Hall of Fame has created this fun page of baseball stats and facts that revolve around π. Read up and enjoy some pi(e), and regular season baseball will be here before we know it!
I love this rendition of the national anthem, performed by Carlos Santana and his son Salvador prior to Game 4 of the 2014 World Series.
I have the days numbered on my calendar. Maybe if I stare at it hard enough, they’ll go by faster?