Derek Jackson

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Robert Anemone

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda Borish

Third Advisor

Dr. Jon Holtman


baseball, ethnicity, race, culture, sport

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this thesis project is to examine the effect of culturally derived game strategies on the success level of players in the game of baseball. Specifically, I look at both the influence of how various Latin American cultures teach the game in order to better ensure success of players at the MLB level versus how the game is taught in the United States and Japan. In this way I develop a feedback model in which these game strategies perpetuate a cycle of enculturation that further reinforces cultural/ethnic identities. In order to accomplish this goal I look at the factors that led Latinos to adopt baseball in their culture and how game strategies have been adapted to best get noticed by MLB scouts. In this study, I use advanced statistics referred to as sabermetrics to evaluate player impact, performance, and playtime. These statistics are then used to explore a number of variables such as ethnicity, nationality and age in order to come up with a multi-factorial analysis of the effects of culture on player success.