Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know about the Game Is Wrong

Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know about the Game Is Wrong

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by Jonah Keri, Baseball Baseball Prospectus
     
 

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In the numbers-obsessed sport of baseball, statistics don't merely record what players, managers, and owners have done. Properly understood, they can tell us how the teams we root for could employ better strategies, put more effective players on the field, and win more games. The revolution in baseball statistics that began in the 1970s is a controversial subject

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In the numbers-obsessed sport of baseball, statistics don't merely record what players, managers, and owners have done. Properly understood, they can tell us how the teams we root for could employ better strategies, put more effective players on the field, and win more games. The revolution in baseball statistics that began in the 1970s is a controversial subject that professionals and fans alike argue over without end. Despite this fundamental change in the way we watch and understand the sport, no one has written the book that reveals, across every area of strategy and management, how the best practitioners of statistical analysis in baseball-people like Bill James, Billy Beane, and Theo Epstein-think about numbers and the game. Baseball Between the Numbers is that book. In separate chapters covering every aspect of the game, from hitting, pitching, and fielding to roster construction and the scouting and drafting of players, the experts at Baseball Prospectus examine the subtle, hidden aspects of the game, bring them out into the open, and show us how our favorite teams could win more games. This is a book that every fan, every follower of sports radio, every fantasy player, every coach, and every player, at every level, can learn from and enjoy.

Editorial Reviews

Allen Barra
Go to a certain kind of bar, and chances are you will be told that everything you know about baseball is wrong. But, the wise guys at Baseball Prospectus will make you believe it—and enjoy discovering why.
—The Washington Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780465005475
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/26/2007
Edition description:
Enlarged Edition
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
391,941
Product dimensions:
6.22(w) x 10.92(h) x 1.48(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Baseball Prospectus is the top statistical web site in baseball and is extensively used, in print and on air, by a wide range of major broadcasters, magazines, and daily newspapers that cover Major League Baseball.

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Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know about the Game Is Wrong 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Adam_in_Memphis More than 1 year ago
The operative word on this book is BETWEEN. The experts at Baseball Prospectus take care to bring you into the new statistical revolution going on in baseball and explaining what's going on BETWEEN all the fancy acronyms and percentages. You'll love the passion with which the authors write and you'll appreciate learning more about the game you already thought you had figured out. A MUST BUY for any baseball fan.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I picked up this book, I thought to myself, 'Alright, a book about baseball, this could be alright.' Alright? This book is amazing! The way that they are able to analize every stat imaginable, and how they develop equations to solve the most controversial of controversies bewildered me. This is a very math-sided book, so if you are into breaking down all the stats to get a mathematically correct answer to a controversy, then this is definitely for you. Doesn't sound like you? Well i think this is still a very enjoyable book for any sports fan. Happy reading!