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The relationship between visual anticipation and baseball batting game statistics

Müller, S.ORCID: 0000-0001-5777-4953 and Fadde, P.J. (2016) The relationship between visual anticipation and baseball batting game statistics. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 28 (1). pp. 49-61.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1080/10413200.2015.1058867
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Abstract

Visual anticipation of pitch type in single-A minor league baseball batters (N = 34) was measured using video-based temporal occlusion and correlated with real-world batting statistics. Anticipation of overall pitch type at front-foot impact was significantly correlated with base-on-balls percentage (r =.35), whereas anticipation of fastball/change-up combination at ball release was significantly correlated with base-on-balls percentage (r =.37) and on-base percentage (r =.37). Findings indicate that anticipation is likely one component of baseball batting performance. This helps consolidate a recent expert anticipation model of striking sports. Application of occlusion methodology to player develop programs is discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Publisher: Routledge as part of the Taylor and Francis Group
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57054
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