Re: Research Paper....
I did a research paper on salary distribution of free agents signees and player value based on age and position. I basically focused on the left-right defensive spectrum and position scarcity due to how different skill sets change over time.
Perhaps an interesting topic for your paper would be an analysis on "small ball" or "smart ball" versus the earl weaver / sabermetric OBP and 3 run homer approach. You can discuss the historical development of the sabermetric approach, talk about it's inherent advantages and disadvantages, and then theorize on what your research proves to be the "best" way to build and run an offense.