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2009 BABIP analysis

Who were the luckiest, unluckiest players, and how will that affect their value

Updated: February 17, 2010, 10:46 AM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN.com

Talent can go a long way on the baseball diamond, but it can't take you all the way. At some point, luck takes over.

As an aside, that's the way we fantasy owners like it, right? Admit it, this game wouldn't be fun if it were entirely predictable.

There are several statistical measures for the impact of luck on the game, but in this column we'll focus on BABIP (batting average on balls in play), which demonstrates a hitter's or pitcher's level of success on batted balls ...

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