Study: Cloudy skies help hitters

Updated: May 4, 2011, 10:54 AM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- A sunny, summer day is great for baseball, if you're a pitcher. For hitters, a little cloud cover helps.

It turns out that batting averages go up when the sun ducks behind a cloud, according to a new study that looked at thousands of major league baseball games played between 1987 and 2002.

And hitting isn't the only thing -- the presence or absence of clouds affects baseball in all sorts of ways, from strikeouts to errors to which team wins, Wes P. Kent and Scott C. ...

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