Elijah Dukes Gives Us A Chance To Use Science

This article is nominally about Elijah Dukes reinventing himself as a rapper named “Fly Eli” (aside: yeah), but tucked in towards the bottom is the following line:

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…he would sometimes smoke marijuana before home games when he played for the Washington Nationals.

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Let’s look at Dukes’ splits from his two years with the Nats.

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Home: .254/.369/.440
Road: .260/.349/.421

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And Washington’s a tough park for right-handed hitters, too. In conclusion, based on a sample size of one, smoking weed doesn’t seem to dramatically reduce one’s effectiveness against Major League pitching.

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