Winners: How Good Baseball Teams Become Great Ones (And It's Not the Way You Think)

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"We're all winners, as Dayn Perry serves as our trusted guide on this idiosyncratic but profoundly informative walking tour of the great teams and players of the last few decades."
—Rob Neyer, ESPN.com

"Dayn Perry's really got something here. Part history, part handbook, Winners is an essential read for anyone trying to understand how great teams get that way."
—Joe Sheehan, BaseballProspetus.com

"We look at baseball from so many angles today that we too often forget the point ...

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Winners: How Good Baseball Teams Become Great Ones (and It's Not the Way You Think)

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Overview

"We're all winners, as Dayn Perry serves as our trusted guide on this idiosyncratic but profoundly informative walking tour of the great teams and players of the last few decades."
—Rob Neyer, ESPN.com

"Dayn Perry's really got something here. Part history, part handbook, Winners is an essential read for anyone trying to understand how great teams get that way."
—Joe Sheehan, BaseballProspetus.com

"We look at baseball from so many angles today that we too often forget the point is not to look at the game from an interesting view for its own sake, but to learn how it works, in the service of learning why teams win. Any fan who wants to know will find their answers in this book."
—Tim Marchman, baseball columnist, "The New York Sun"

"Dayn Perry crafts a lively narrative that blends astute analysis with clever storytelling. He gets to the bottom of what makes a great team tick."
—Kevin Towers, General Manager and Executive Vice President, San Diego Padres

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471721741
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 2/17/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Dayn Perry is a regular contributor to FoxSports.com, SportingNews.com and Baseball Prospectus. Besides writing two weekly columns for the Baseball Prospectus Web site, he also helped write the last two editions of "Baseball Prospectus, " the bestselling book of its kind. He's written on sports for "The Miami Herald, Reason, The National Review, The Washington Monthly, " and "The Washington Times." Since 2002, he has also been a Baseball Operations Consultant to the San Diego Padres.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. The Slugger.

2. The Ace.

3. The Glove Man.

4. The Closer.

5. The Middle Reliever.

6. The Base Stealer.

7. The Deadline Game.

8. The Veteran and the Youngster.

9. The Money Player.

10. A Matter of Luck?

Epilogue.

Acknowledgments.

Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Good book for those that want to know more about the intelligent use of statistics in baseball

    Perry writes for Baseball Prospectus, but this is not the typical book one would expected to be come from one of BP¿s writers. Avid readers of BP may be disappointed as there will not be much new to them in this book. This book can serve as a good introduction to the intelligent way of looking at baseball statistics that is common at BP. Throughout the book, Perry refers to studies done by the folks at BP (Nate Silver and others), Bill Jamees, Voros McCracken and others, and explains them thoroughly in English (as opposed to Math) that will make sense to everybody. Perry¿s subjects are the 124 teams that made the playoffs from 1980 to 2003. Throughout the book, he introduces biographical information about many different players and teams ¿ to the point where the book is better described as a biographical look at the 124 playoff teams, with a sprinkling of statistics rather than the reverse. This was not what I was expecting, but after getting over that surprise, the book is a fine read. Overall I recommend it for baseball fans who are interested in learning more about the intelligent use of statistics. That does seem like the audience that Perry is trying to attract, and the 5 stars I give this book is reflective of that audience.

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