Batter Up! How Higher Temperatures Impact Baseball Stats

  • By Brandon Koch and Anna Panorska
  • Jul 9, 2021

Photo by Joshua Peacock

Forget the rain delays, temperature “is the most important meteorological variable affecting fly ball distances for MLB as a whole.” So concluded a 1995 study by Kraft and Skeeter that looked at temperature, humidity, and wind impacts on fly balls in Major League Baseball games. That study also found that batted fly balls in cool temperatures (at most 50°F) travel on average 16 ft less compared to warm temperatures (at least 90°F).

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