Leveling the Field: The Revolutionary Formula That Ranks Baseball's Greatest Players and Their Achievements throughout History

Leveling the Field: The Revolutionary Formula That Ranks Baseball's Greatest Players and Their Achievements throughout History

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by G. Scott Thomas
     
 

Who are the all-time greatest and why? This groundbreaking new method for ranking players and teams rewrites the record books and sets forth bold new answers to the age-old debates of baseball.

It is nothing less than a revolution in baseball statistics. G. Scott Thomas has developed a series of mathematically precise, computer-generated formulas that adjust the

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Who are the all-time greatest and why? This groundbreaking new method for ranking players and teams rewrites the record books and sets forth bold new answers to the age-old debates of baseball.

It is nothing less than a revolution in baseball statistics. G. Scott Thomas has developed a series of mathematically precise, computer-generated formulas that adjust the statistics of every team. The results "level the field," creating a fair basis of comparison among generations of players-and the new picture that emerges is staggering. Here are just a few of the book's conclusions:

- Babe Ruth hit ninety-four home runs in a single season, shattering Bonds' record (Maris, McGwire, and Bonds don't even make the list).

- Pete Rose has still played more games than anyone in baseball history.

- Ricky Henderson never really broke Ty Cobb's record of runs scored.

- Cy Young holds the record for most wins (and most losses) of any pitcher.

- Lou Gehrig made the equivalent of $48,300,000 in 1931.

Leveling the Field adjusts the statistics in all the major categories in which fans make comparisons, including the best performances, the best players, the best teams and adjusted career stats for 254 hitters and 177 pitchers. Thomas even assembles his twenty-six-man "dream team" of the sport's greatest players since 1901, and takes them through a simulated 162-game season.

Easy to follow and use, this book is sure to become a must-have for every die-hard baseball fan, and will undoubtedly change the nature of baseball debate forever.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579122553
Publisher:
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Pages:
544
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 9.32(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

G. Scott Thomas is a long-time correspondent for Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal who has written for the famous Street & Smith Baseball Annual. He is also the editor of Demographics Daily, an online newsletter that reports on demographic and economic trends, which averages over 100,000 page-views each month. He is the author of five books, including The Rating Guide to Life in America's Fifty States and The United States of Suburbia. He lives in Tonawanda, New York.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book attempts to Normalize baseball statistics for all players since 1901 across time for the period 1996-2001. Unfortunately, the statistitical methodology is seriously flawed. What Thomas does is to seek out the performance in each season relative to other performers in that season, and then normalize it by straight multiplication by the 1996-2001 norms without holding outs firm. You can't do that because if you increase the humber of home runs and doubles and triples etc. there's still 27 outs per team, per game; you have to normalize the stats while holding the outs the same. For this reason, the Runs Created method of Bill James is superior, because it normalizes statistics across each era while holding outs frozen, plus it adequately accounts for the defensive contribution of each player's glove, which thomas seems totally to ignore.