Evaluating Baseball's Managers: A History and Analysis of Performance in the Major Leagues, 1876-2008

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This ambitious study of major league managers since the formation of the National League applies a sabermetric approach to gauging their performance and tendencies. Rather than focusing solely on in-game tactical decisions, it also analyzes broader, off-the-field management issues such as handling players, fans, and media, enforcing team rules, working with the front office, and balancing pressure versus performance.

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About the Book This ambitious study of major league managers since the formation of the National League applies a sabermetric approach to gauging their performance and ... tendencies. Rather than focusing solely on in-game tactical decisions, it also analyzes broader, off-the-field management issues such as handling players, fans, and media, enforcing team rules, working with the front office, and balancing pressure versus performance. Read more Show Less

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Overview

This ambitious study of major league managers since the formation of the National League applies a sabermetric approach to gauging their performance and tendencies. Rather than focusing solely on in-game tactical decisions, it also analyzes broader, off-the-field management issues such as handling players, fans, and media, enforcing team rules, working with the front office, and balancing pressure versus performance.

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Editorial Reviews

Big League Stew blog
One of the best baseball books I've read in a long time, a serious effort by a good writer with a love of history and stats and a fascinating subject that hasn't been studied much
ESPN.com - Rob Neyer
Way back in the 20th century, Bill James wrote the first essential book about baseball managers. Chris Jaffe has just written the second.
writer, NBCsports.com - Aaron Gleeman
These days it's tough to find an important aspect of baseball that hasn't been studied and analyzed a hundred different ways, but Chris Jaffe has done just that with a unique, compelling look at the men who run thing on the field. . . . This book is for you, whether you like hardcore numbers crunching and objective analysis or biographical sketches and interesting anecdotes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786439201
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Chris Jaffe is an instructor of history and a columnist for The Hardball Times. He lives in Schaumburg, Illinois. For more information about Chris Jaffe and Evaluating Baseball's Managers, visit the author's website.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Preface 1

Part I Analysis 3

1 Evaluating Managerial Performance 5

2 Evaluating Managerial Tendencies 42

3 Managers and Starting Pitchers 53

Part II Commentary 63

4 Primordial Managers, 1876-1892 65

5 Rise of the Fundamentalists, 1893-1919 80

6 Managing in the Lively Ball Era, 1920-1950 120

7 The Modern Manager Emerges, 1951-1976 158

8 Managing in a New Era of Labor Relations, 1977-1997 204

9 Contemporary Managers, 1998-2008 244

Appendix I The Birnbaum Database Phil Birnbaum 289

Appendix II The Tendencies Database 292

Appendix III LPA for Years and Managers 306

Glossary 310

Bibliography 313

Index 315

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