Do pitchers from the South throw more brushback pitches?
by Bob Timmermann
This link from the Work Matters Blog by Bob Sutton examines a study by Tennessee Tech professor Tom Timmerman (note the spelling, he's not my brother) about whether or not pitchers from the South are more likley to throw a brushback at a hitter who comes up after the previous batter has homered.
One of Timmerman's conclusions is:
"Pitchers from the South are not more likely, in general, to hit batters; but they are more likely than non-southerners to hit the batter who follows a home-run hitter. They are also more likely to hit a homerun hitter the next time he comes up to bat. They are also more likely to hit batters in retaliation for a hit teammate. Interestingly, though, southerners are more likely to hit White batters in these situations, not African Americans."
Also note that Sutton is the author of a management book that uses a word that some people might object although I would guess that almost all of my readership, with the possible exception of my nephew, says the word everyday.