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A certain baseball team has just completed its season. In stadiums that seat 20,000 or fewer people, the team
averaged 1 home run per game; in stadiums that seat between 20,000 and 40,000 people, the team averaged 2
home runs per game; and, in stadiums that seat 40,000 or more people, the team averaged 3 home runs per
game. Obviously, the excitement of playing in front of large crowds motivated the team to hit more home runs.
Assuming that all stadiums during the season were filled to capacity, which of the following, if true, most undermines
the argument above?

A0 The team’s leading home run hitter hit more home runs in mid-sized stadiums than in large stadiums.
B) The fans in the larger stadiums often cheered against the team.
C) The team averaged only 2 home runs per game when playing in the league’s largest stadium.
D) In order to create seating for the additional fans, the outfield walls in the larger stadiums were constructed closer
to home base.
E) The team’s announcer cited crowd noise as a major motivator for the team.
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A certain baseball team has just completed its season. In stadiums that seat 20,000 or fewer people, the team
averaged 1 home run per game; in stadiums that seat between 20,000 and 40,000 people, the team averaged 2
home runs per game; and, in stadiums that seat 40,000 or more people, the team averaged 3 home runs per
game. Obviously, the excitement of playing in front of large crowds motivated the team to hit more home runs.
Assuming that all stadiums during the season were filled to capacity, which of the following, if true, most undermines
the argument above?

A0 The team’s leading home run hitter hit more home runs in mid-sized stadiums than in large stadiums.
B) The fans in the larger stadiums often cheered against the team.
C) The team averaged only 2 home runs per game when playing in the league’s largest stadium.
D) In order to create seating for the additional fans, the outfield walls in the larger stadiums were constructed closer
to home base.
E) The team’s announcer cited crowd noise as a major motivator for the team.

Some great responses to this question already, so I just wanted to chime in with a little general context. The assumption made here eliminates alternatives. Be on the lookout for this category of assumption any time the Conclusion provides an explanation for some phenomenon:

Premise: The team hits more homeruns in stadiums with larger capacity. (This is a phenomenon that has been observed.)
Conclusion: The excitement of a larger crowd causes the team to hit more homeruns. (This is an explanation of the phenomenon.)

The first question you should ask when you see this structure is "are there any other explanations?"

The correct answer to a Find the Assumption or Strengthen the Conclusion question should eliminate the alternatives. The correct answer to an Evaluate the Argument question should ask if there are alternatives. And the correct answer to a Weaken the Conclusion question should provide at least one such alternative – (D) does the trick in this problem.

Try to place assumptions into categories such as this one. It makes brainstorming much easier!

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Pre phrasing the answer helped me out in this question.

Premises suggest clearly that the team was hitting more home runs whenever it played in stadiums that had "Larger capacity to seat the audience"

Conclusion States that - "the excitement of playing in front of large crowds motivated the team to hit more home runs"

In order to weaken this reasoning - I thought of following options before checking the AC's

1) team was playing a weaker team in all those games where they hit Home runs

2) either the grounds were smaller where the team was playing

and then after Reading the AC's i could pick {D} easily.

{D} provides the reasoning that since home base was made smaller to seat more audience, Team was able to Hit more Home-runs in stadiums which were largely crowded.
Thus refuting the conclusion that the baseball team was playing better just because there were large crowds.
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D) is right.

In order to create seating for the additional fans, the outfield walls in the larger stadiums were constructed closer
to home base.
>>> This means that in the stadium which could seat 40K people, 40K seats were actually not filled. The walls were brought closer to the base.

Hence, score is not proportional to the number of people in audience.
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Do I correctly understand that this is a question from a baseball fan?
This question presupposes that one has to know some specific details about baseball.
For example I didn't know that different baseball stadiums (in one particular league) may have different field sizes. So for me D sounds like spectators were sitting a bit closer to the field on the bigger stadiums. Not that fields on those stadiums were smaller than those of smaller stadiums.
What is the probability that such biased questions will appear on the real GMAT?
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28 Sep 2012, 12:34
(A) The argument makes a claim about the collective behavior of the team. This collective claim does not preclude certain individuals from hitting fewer home runs in larger stadiums.
(B) The claim made in the argument is based on the size of the crowd in each stadium. For whom the fans cheered is irrelevant to the argument.
(C) Similar to answer choice A, this choice cites one specific example of contradictory information, while the argument is based on the average behavior
of the team throughout the entire season. The does not strongly undermine that, on average, the team was motivated by larger crowds.
(D) CORRECT. This choice explains that the larger stadiums actually have different dimensions from the smaller stadiums. In order to accommodate a larger number of fans, the outfield walls are closer to the batters. Thus, it is very possible that the greater number of home runs is due to the fact that the ball does not have to travel as far in larger stadiums.
(E) The announcer’s opinion is not relevant to the argument, and, even if it were, this choice would strengthen the argument.
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02 Jul 2014, 23:12
Can someone explain How is C incorrect?
According to conclusion team performs better with more crowd, but when playing on largest stadium rather than hitting maximum home runs, team performed below average.
thus undermines the conclusion.
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30 Jul 2014, 22:26
Can someone explain How is C incorrect?
According to conclusion team performs better with more crowd, but when playing on largest stadium rather than hitting maximum home runs, team performed below average.
thus undermines the conclusion.

I do understand where your confusion comes from. You can think of it as this way: (notice the bolded letters)

Category 1: stadiums with seats <20,000 --> 1 home run/game
Category 2: 20,000 < stadiums with seats <40,000 --> 2 home runs/game
Category 3: stadiums with seats > 20,000 --> 3 home runs/game

Answer Choice C: The team averaged only 2 home runs per game when playing in the league’s largest stadium.

It may be the case that although the team averaged only 2 home runs in its LARGEST stadium, the other stadiums in Category 3 averaged 3 home runs/game. Therefore, the largest stadium would be just an anomaly and doesn't necessarily weaken the argument.
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Conclusion: excitement of playing --> motivated the team to hit more home runs
Weaken the arguments: Excitement of playing in front of large crowd might not be the reason that motivated the team to hit more home runs
D. Provide possible reason : the outfield walls in the larger stadiums were constructed closer
to home base --> hit more home runs
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26 Dec 2014, 03:24
D gives another reason to believe that the it was not the excitement to play in front of a larger crowd that led to the team hit more home runs rather the stadium was made smaller to accommodate more fans. Bingo
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26 Dec 2014, 04:37
to find answer and understand this question is really difficult to me because as an international student , I havent got any information about baseball and idea about home runs))
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25 Dec 2015, 11:25
I don't get this question. clearly, I am not a baseball fan, and I have no idea what the argument talks about.
the argument says that team was more motivated when more people were present.
why B isn't right? if the majority of people were cheering against other team - are you freakin' motivated? how? I'm a football (soccer) fan, and I see how bad a team performs when they are not supported accordingly.

very confusing question.
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13 Feb 2016, 05:27
Explanation by piyatiwari is wrong..because question clearly mentions ALL THE STADIUMS WERE FILLED TO THEIR CAPACITY thus saying 40,000 seat stadium wasn't full isnt appropriate.
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vinayakv wrote:
A certain baseball team has just completed its season. In stadiums that seat 20,000 or fewer people, the team
averaged 1 home run per game; in stadiums that seat between 20,000 and 40,000 people, the team averaged 2
home runs per game; and, in stadiums that seat 40,000 or more people, the team averaged 3 home runs per
game. Obviously, the excitement of playing in front of large crowds motivated the team to hit more home runs.
Assuming that all stadiums during the season were filled to capacity, which of the following, if true, most undermines
the argument above?

A0 The team’s leading home run hitter hit more home runs in mid-sized stadiums than in large stadiums.
B) The fans in the larger stadiums often cheered against the team.
C) The team averaged only 2 home runs per game when playing in the league’s largest stadium.
D) In order to create seating for the additional fans, the outfield walls in the larger stadiums were constructed closer
to home base.
E) The team’s announcer cited crowd noise as a major motivator for the team.

On average, the team hit more home runs playing in front of larger crowds than in front of smaller crowds. The argument attributes this statistic to the motivation that comes from playing in front of larger crowds. In order to undermine this conclusion, look for another reason to explain why more home runs were hit in front of larger crowds.
(A) The argument makes a claim about the collective behavior of the team. This collective claim does not preclude certain individuals from hitting fewer home runs in larger stadiums.
(B) The claim made in the argument is based on the size of the crowd in each stadium. For whom the fans cheered is irrelevant to the argument.
(C) Similar to answer choice A, this choice cites one specific example of contradictory information, while the argument is based on the average behavior of the team throughout the entire season. The does not strongly undermine that, on average, the team was motivated by larger crowds.
(D) CORRECT. This choice explains that the larger stadiums actually have different dimensions from the smaller stadiums. In order to accommodate a
larger number of fans, the outfield walls are closer to the batters. Thus, it is very possible that the greater number of home runs is due to the fact that the ball does not have to travel as far in larger stadiums.
(E) The announcer’s opinion is not relevant to the argument, and, even if it were, this choice would strengthen the argument.
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i was not knowing about term "home base" , and got this wrong ..Can we expect these type of question in original GMAT...
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