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Posted March 21, 2006
It gets tiresome to watch games and read newspapers and magazines these days. It's all about Barrygate and money and all that stuff. THE LAST NINE INNINGS brings the game back home again -- like, you know, to the GAME. In this case it's the final game of the 2001 WS. (I might have picked Game 4 or 5 at Yankee Stadium, but who cares -- this was a great game too). Anyway, the author tracks the game inning by inning -- and uses what happens to explore the latest scientific reasearch about baseball. It's fascinating. I just did not know this stuff about analysis of puitching motions or psychology. I read MONEYBALL but this gives a better sense of how stats actually show what's happening on the field (as opposed to the Rotisserie team-building stuff). And the discussion of stats has an intriguing FUTURE SHOCK-like analysis of what might happen in the future. I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK! BUY IT! READ IT!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 24, 2006
I also read this book and it has all kinds of stuff I never knew. I think the stuff on Finley is amazing. I wonder how he'll be with Barry Bonds on the SF Giants this year? The stuff on biomechanics was great. But it's the people that made the biggest impression -- Schilling, Johnson, Jeter, Matt Williams, Rivera, etc., etc. G7 of 2001 WS had it all. This book will LAST A LONG TIME -- get it now. (Father's Day is coming, you know.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.