Friday, April 21, 2006

Is the home field advantage real?

I was just doing some quick queries against the RetroSheet Game Log data.

In the 184,280 games that RetroSheet has data for, home teams have won 99,066. That's a .542 winning percentage. There are also 1,235 ties in the data.

Given this very large sample size, it's pretty obvious that it certainly does help to play on your home turf.

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