People with wide heads hit more home runs, because science
Science is incredible, isn't it? According to a pair of researchers from the University of London, if you were born with a short, wide face, you're likely to be have an above-average home run rate. Yes, it's weird, but SCIENCE.
Evidently, there's a measure called fWHR, meaning facial width-to-height ratio (no, it wasn't invented by Fangraphs), and this particular study measured the fWHR of 200 Japanese players and compared it to their home run numbers. Weirdly, this seems to be a relatively common field of research, with other studies linking fWHR to "grip strength, competitiveness and aggressive play."
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(h/t Craig Calcaterra at HardballTalk)