Baseball, Statistics, and Case Studies

Misfortune struck at the ballpark last night. One of my 13-year-old son’s teammates broke his ankle sliding into third base. He’s a great player, so he was (and will be) missed on the field, and he’s a great guy, so he was missed in the dugout as well. I fully expect to see him in the dugout at this Saturday’s game, though, cast and all…that’s just how great ball players – and great guys – are.

This leaves the team with a space to fill for another pitcher; one that my son is interested in pursuing. He’s only been playing Knothole Baseball for three years now, and most of these guys started six or seven years ago, in Tee Ball. But that’s not deterring him from pursuing advancement on the “learning curve,” and, if he applies himself like I’ve seen him do in just about every other area of his life, he can do this, and do it well.

Most everyone who’s familiar with baseball to any degree knows that it’s a game of numbers. There are, and always have been, recorded statistics for games played, batting averages, on base percentages, strike-outs, walks, and the list goes on…and on…and on. So, whoever gets that pitching job on the team, we’ll know how well he performed, to the second decimal point (that’s the degree of precision that Earned Run Averages, or ERA’s, are calculated to) by the end of the season.

At EXAIR, we’re interested in tracking performance as well. Our products have always been subjected to controlled, verifiable testing, and, depending on the product, we publish these values for air consumption, flow, velocity, force, vacuum, static dissipation, and the list goes on…and on. We even tested our Line Vacs for conveyance rate using several different materials, at several different conveyance lengths/heights, so that we could offer a ballpark estimate, for comparison’s sake, to just about any bulk solids conveyance application you can come up with.

We also have a Case Study Program: if you have an application that ANY of our products may be able to improve, and you’re willing to collect and share data with us to quantify those improvements, we’ll provide something in return.  If you’re interested, give us a call. If we can provide a solution to your application, save you some money, and publish a Case Study from it, I can’t think of anything sweeter, except maybe seeing a certain young man back on the field with his team as soon as his ankle will allow it. Heal quickly, #14…your team, and all their fans, are pulling for you.

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
EXAIR Corporation
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