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Math in the News: Issue 62
Math in the News: Issue 62
Math in the News: Issue 62
Math in the News: Issue 62
Math in the News: Issue 62
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Math in the News: Issue 62
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Math in the News: Issue 62

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In this issue of Math in the News we look at the remarkable success of the Washington Nationals baseball team. In the process we look at the success of new baseball franchises and why this happens. …

In this issue of Math in the News we look at the remarkable success of the Washington Nationals baseball team. In the process we look at the success of new baseball franchises and why this happens. For more math resources go to www.media4math.com.

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  • 1. Math in the News After decades, Washington,DC, has a baseball team in theplayoffs. The WashingtonNationals, after only eightseasons of being in DC are inthe playoffs. While the Nationals are not anew franchise (they used to bethe Montreal Expos), they arestill an example of new-teamsuccess. The Washington Nationals In this issue we look atsuccessful new franchises.
  • 2. Math in the NewsThis chart shows the games won and lost forthe National. Since their fourth year, they’vebeen on a steady run toward the playoffs.SOURCE: http://www.baseball-reference.com
  • 3. Math in the NewsHow dramatic is this? As the MontrealExpos, the last time they were in theplayoffs was 1981!
  • 4. Math in the NewsNow let’s look at another team with earlysuccess, the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  • 5. Math in the NewsFrom their start to this season they’vebeen in the post-season five times andwon the World Series once.
  • 6. Math in the NewsInvestigate the data for the Miami Marlinsusing the Web site http://•Collect the data.•Create a double bar graph.•Highlight the bars that show the team ’splayoff appearances.What can you conclude about the successof new franchises?
  • 7. Math in the NewsPart of the reason for new-franchisesuccess is the so-called Expansion Draft.The newly formed teams can cull playersfrom existing teams.Think about this:•How would culling players affect theteam statistics of the team culled and thenew team?•How could this account for new-teamsuccess?

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