Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 21:45:14


Data Science, Statistics

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


This study uses various statistical analyses to evaluate the justification of rule changes for Major League Baseball that were implemented within the Minor Leagues during the 2021 minor league season. The primary focus of the study is predicting how some of these Minor League rule changes could affect the stolen base success rate and the number of attempts per game within the Major Leagues. A survey was conducted to evaluate how fans feel about stolen bases within the current game and if rules should be altered to increase the number of stolen bases that occur. Additionally, recorded Major and Minor League data was compared between 2019 and 2021 with the Major Leagues and the Double-A level being considered as control groups since no rule changes were implemented that would affect stolen base rates but each of the other leagues brought in an experimental rule change. This is an exploratory study that sets the table for other studies to follow.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Mark Fridline

First Reader

Dr. Jun Ye

Second Reader

Dr. Janet Bean

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Richard Einsporn

Honors Project (Final Signatures).pdf (245 kB)
Signature Page of Sponsor, Readers, Honors Advisor, and Department Chair



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