An analysis of an optimal selection process for characteristics and technical performance of baseball pitchers

Wen Bin Lin, I. Wu Tung, Mei Jung Chen, Mei-Yen Chen

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Selection of a qualified pitcher has relied previously on qualitative indices; here, both quantitative and qualitative indices including pitching statistics, defense, mental skills, experience, and managers' recognition were collected, and an analytic hierarchy process was used to rank baseball pitchers. The participants were 8 experts who ranked characteristics and statistics of 15 baseball pitchers who comprised the first round of potential representatives for the Chinese Taipei National Baseball team. The results indicated a selection rate that was 91% consistent with the official national team roster, as 11 pitchers with the highest scores who were recommended as optimal choices to be official members of the Chinese Taipei National Baseball team actually participated in the 2009 Baseball World Cup. An analytic hierarchy can aid in selection of qualified pitchers, depending on situational and practical needs; the method could be extended to other sports and teamselection situations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-310
Number of pages11
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Aug 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Sensory Systems

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