Monday, 2 July 2007

Partisanship and the DH rule

For my political scientist reader who thinks the DH rule is an abomination: Chris Zorn and Jeff Gill on partsianship and support for the designated hitter rule in baseball. Mind you, I can’t tell if their extended literature review is intended to be taken seriously or is a parody; the following sentence suggests the latter:

By allowing pitchers to avoid hitting, and some batters to avoid fielding, the DH rule is suggestive of a larger-scale decline in the culture of personal responsibility in America over the past several decades.

I look forward to similar contributions on Americans’ attitudes towards soccer and the relationship between individuals’ attitudes toward foreign aid and interest in hockey.

þ: Dan Drezner and Henry Farrell.


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[Permalink] 1. C. Zorn wrote @ Wed, 4 Jul 2007, 1:01 pm CDT:

If you’re really interested in the former question, see the last chapter of Franklin Foer’s How Soccer Explains the World.

BTW, I assume you are aware that was the star of (the other) Dr. Z’s column the other day…


Didn’t think of the Foer book, although I’ve read it… maybe I didn’t think of it as being social scientific enough ☺.

The only other Dr. Z I’m aware of is the weird kid from Galactica 1980. Interestingly enough, one of the Dr. Zees (there were two) went on to be a co-star on Andy Richter Controls The Universe, suggesting at least one career was saved from that wreckage.

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