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Baseball permutations help

  1. Nov 5, 2005 #1
    i cannot get the question since i dont know how to play baseball...
    this is the question...
    The manager of a baseball team has picked the nine players for the starting lineup. In how many ways canhe set the batting order so that the pitcher bats last?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 5, 2005 #2
    assume that the pitcher is one of the 9 in the starting line up and then go from there.
  4. Nov 5, 2005 #3
    so the answer would be 9(players) * 8(positions) * 1(nineth - pitcher will be the last) = 72
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