The New Yorker recently reported on new research in the field of quantum computing. The physicist profiled in the piece is a proponent of a marginal theory called Many Worlds, which suggests that increases in computing power of a certain magnitude support the coexistence of an ever-expanding network of parallel universes, which form anew during instances of random atomic chance. The upshot, according to the physicist, is that beyond a certain threshold, computing power must be attributed to collaboration between universes, since no single universe could possibly play host to a force of computation that exceeded the number of atoms in that universe alone. If the theory proves correct, different universes could thus bear the burden of discrete computations.
The most logical follow-up question to this research is whether we are seeing just such a phenomenon with the 2011 Indians; i.e., is this team’s success in whole or in part a consequence of active collaboration between the current roster and rosters in other worlds? Has Asdrubal benefited from hitting tips given by PULGT Brandon Phillips? Josh Tomlin from the clubhouse energy of PULGT Yovani Gallardo (acquired in the 2006 Jason Davis deal that failed to happen)?
Might it even be possible that certain batting lines are in fact direct consequences of pinch-hit appearances or spot-starts by PULGTs invisible to the box score? (This would lend credence to an ancient hypothesis about the existence of "intangibles.") A number of prominent baseball writers, as you know well, have discounted the Indians’ record this season, pointing to intuition and to certain statistical models. Some have even suggested that the Detroit Tigers truthfully lead the AL Central. Perhaps these analysts are windbags, or perhaps they know something we don’t about the basis of the Indian’s success so far. Namely, that it depends on a roster composed not of 40 men but of of 40 men to the 5000th power. Perhaps Keith Law has inside knowledge that somewhere Pythagoras himself – not a calculation merely bearing his name – is a leading skeptic of our rotation’s prospects in the second half.
Thank you, Ryan, for this provocative notion.