Skipping is a Modification given out to players in the Season β22 Election causing their ball and out count to be randomized when they step up to bat.
The Skipping Modification caused a player's count to be randomized at the start of their at-bat, meaning that they could start with any number of balls or strikes filled in, and play would continue normally from there. Additionally the player's starting message changed from "[Player] batting for [team]" to, "[Player] skipped up to bat for [Team]".
After a season of play, the mechanical impact of the could be evaluated, where it was found that the Skipping Modifier seemed to reduce a player's Batting Average, but increase their overall On Base Percentage by a similar amount. The following is a comparison of Skipping players before and after their modification, leaving out players who Dusted or were Incinerated.
|Helga Moreno||0.235||0.171||-0.064||0.294||0.358||0.064||No Other Changes|
|Felix Garbage||0.258||0.198||-0.060||0.283||0.306||0.023||No Other Changes|
|Rigby Friedrich||0.329||0.272||-0.057||0.356||0.358||0.002||2 Parties over S22|
|Avila Guzman||0.253||0.205||-0.048||0.288||0.340||0.052||No Other Changes|
|Zeborah Whiskey||0.221||0.183||-0.038||0.216||0.269||0.053||1 Party and gained 4th strike item|
|Cannonball Sports||0.203||0.168||-0.035||0.240||0.288||0.048||No Other Changes|
|Slosh Truk||0.322||0.294||-0.028||0.364||0.421||0.057||1 Party over S22|
|Lady Matsuyama||0.214||0.190||-0.024||0.227||0.325||0.098||No Other Changes|
|Steph Weeks||0.241||0.220||-0.021||0.288||0.367||0.079||1 Party over S22|
|Peanutiel Duffy||0.279||0.265||-0.014||0.302||0.362||0.060||No Other Changes|
|Stout Schmitt||0.196||0.184||-0.012||0.189||0.176||-0.013||Lost Electric blood via Feedback|
|Eugenia Bickle||0.282||0.283||0.001||0.388||0.462||0.074||Had Offworld Socks in S22|
|Grollis Zephyr||0.240||0.251||0.011||0.265||0.381||0.116||1 Party and gained Bat|
|Paula Mason||0.238||0.250||0.012||0.278||0.381||0.103||Gained 4th strike item in S23|
|Malik Destiny||0.228||0.251||0.023||0.308||0.467||0.159||2 Parties over S22|
|Lottie Ceilingfan||0.139||0.227||0.088||0.168||0.341||0.173||3 Parties over S22|
This change was due to a significant increase in the number of times a Skipping player would be walked - with this being the most obvious when looking at the league wide walk leaders. When adjusted for their total number of appearances; of the top 20 players most likely to get a walk in Season 23, 15 of those players were Skipping. The most egregious example of this was Malik Destiny who was able to draw a walk on 29.3% of their appearances.
The Skipping Modification was first seen as a result of the Season 22 Blessing Record Scratch that was won by the Ohio Worms and caused one player in every other team's lineup to gain the modifier.
This resulted in the following players to start Skipping:
- Grollis Zephyr
- Steph Weeks
- Peanutiel Duffy
- Lottie Ceilingfan
- Liquid Friend III
- Rigby Friedrich
- Felix Garbage
- Stout Schmitt
- Zeboriah Whiskey
- Eugenia Bickle
- Paula Mason
- Munro Tumblehome
- Liquid Friend XI
- Helga Moreno
- Peanut Holloway
- Malik Destiny
- Cannonball Sports
- Lady Matsuyama
- Slosh Truk
- Velasquez Alstott
- Logan Rodriguez
- Valentine Games III
- Avila Guzman
Skipping players may not be able to fully utilized their blood type if it relies on elements of the count being empty. Players with 0 and 0 No will not utilize their blood type if the count is randomized to contain Strikes or Balls, respectively.