Why More Perfect Games?

Better defense?

Errors and Perfect Games

Just a guess.

11 Responses “Why More Perfect Games?”

  1. Jack says:

    I think errors are down due to Official Scorers not calling them.

  2. Greg says:

    Even so, baseball should really do something to balance the sport back to the historical ratio of outcomes. Stephen Jay Gould made that point in one of his books, as I expanded upon here. A string of perfect games is bad for the game, just as it would be if dozens of players suddenly hit .400 every year.

  3. J says:

    Are fewer errors really the best indicator of better defense? Probably not.

  4. Josh says:

    @ J do you have a defensive metric you could suggest going back to 1880? Or do you just enjoy being captain obvious?

  5. JC says:


    Errors are one of the components of a perfect game. That is all.

  6. jmp says:

    haven’t k/9 increased over time as well?

  7. This cluster of perfect games isn’t a trend — it’s all perfectly random.

  8. Greg says:

    I’ve come across a blog post suggesting that two seasons with a perfect game is within reason, if we think in terms of Poisson distributions. This, oddly, caused me to have an existential crisis about macroeconomics.


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