Eye Color: The New Market Inefficiency

Josh Hamilton breaks the news:

When it comes to hitting, it’s been night and day for Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton this season — and the reigning American League MVP has a theory as to why.

He has blue eyes.

Under the sun, Hamilton’s numbers are dim. He is batting .122 (6-or-49) with no home runs, four RBIs and eight walks. He also has 17 strikeouts and a .429 OPS.

At night, it’s a different story. Hamilton is hitting .374 (41-for-109) with six home runs, 28 RBIs, seven walks and a 1.076 OPS. And he only has 14 strikeouts while playing under the lights.

“I ask guys all the time,” Hamilton told ESPN 103.3 FM’s Bryan Dolgin when asked if he had any theories to his drastic splits. “Guys with blue eyes, brown eyes, whatever … and guys with blue eyes have a tough time.”

This “blue eyes can’t hit during the day” idea actually confirms part of a theory of mine that I’ve had for a long time: eye color is the new market inefficiency. Pretty soon, I think we can be sure that managers will be implementing as many platoons based on eye color as they do on handedness. Blue-eyed players will sit during day games, and maybe brown-eyed players will sit on days beginning with the letter “T,” and maybe green-eyed players will be benched when the wind is blowing faster than 15 miles per hour. It’s science, after all.




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  1. KyleL says:

    Could tinted contact lenses make him better during day games? Maybe some almond brown ones??

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    • Yirmiyahu says:

      Hell, I doubt it could hurt, and if the guy thinks it makes a difference, why not? Confidence and all that.

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  2. In case you’re wondering, the split does exist over a larger sample size. In his career, Hamilton is .240/.312/.417 in 555 day plate appearances, and .334/.391/.585 in 1597 night PAs. I’ll leave the argument on if eye color plays a part to others, but it is a big distinction over a large sample size.

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    • steex says:

      This sets up well for the Cubs to some day give Hamilton a huge contract, then watch his numbers fall off because they have too many day games.

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  3. David says:

    Maybe he can’t hit during day games because he’s hungover. Hahahahahahaha

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  4. James says:

    It’s too bad Max Scherzer doesn’t hit.

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  5. Mac says:

    So does that makes those with heterochromia iridum akin to switch hitters?

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  6. Yirmiyahu says:

    Of all the info listed on baseball-reference, why is there no eye color???

    Full name:
    Position:
    Bats:
    Throws:
    Height:
    Weight:
    Born: date, place
    High School:
    College:
    Drafted:
    Signed:
    Debut:
    Teams:
    Contract Status:
    Service Time:
    Free Agent:
    Agent:
    Final Game:
    Died: date, place
    Buried:

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  7. TheGrandSlamwich says:

    I did a dash of research and found that Cahse Utley has blue eyes. I swear I had no idea he had blue eyes until his picture came up on a mlb.com gameday today.

    Anyways, checking his splits:

    .250/.351/.500 during the day
    .273/.380/.424 at night.

    Since that is out of a total of 93 at-bats, the 3 year line is:

    .305/.412./.516 day
    .275/.382/.496 night.

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  8. DD says:

    Just checked the stats of Cal “Siberian Husky Eyes” Ripken and his day/night splits are almost identical. Maybe its the Texas heat that does it to Hamilton instead? I could see how the heat can make his vision blurry…

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