Unusually bad spring weather is at least partially to blame for attendance in baseball being down a little bit so far this season.
But, according to an Associated Press story, the bad weather has been a boon for hitters:
Home teams had a .266 batting average on cloudy days, according to the results of a study conducted by Wes P. Kent and Scott C. Sheridan which was published by the American Meteorological Society. That slipped to .259 on clear days. For the visitors, the batting average was .256 when it cloudy and .251 on clear days. Earned runs allowed by home pitchers were lowest on clear days at 3.93, climbing to 4.26 on cloudy days. For visiting pitchers the ERA was 4.50 in the clear and 4.68 under the clouds.
The results were based on 10,758 Major Laeague Baseball day games played between 1987 and 2002.
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“When it’s overcast, your eyes are a little more relaxed, I think," New York Mets third baseman David Wright explained to the Associated Press. "There’s not as much squinting. Sometimes, when it’s really bright, it’s a little tougher to see as a hitter. I always prefer a little cloud cover.”
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Drew Storen said he could understand how the sky being too bright could hinder hitters.
“Sometimes, it’s so bright out, it might be tough for them (batters) to see the spin of the ball,” Storen told the AP.