The Bill James Guide to Baseball Managers

The Bill James Guide to Baseball Managers

by Bill James

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ISBN-13: 9781626812635
Publisher: Diversion Books
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 720,187
File size: 20 MB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The most enjoyable of the Bill James works I've read. It doesn't become bogged in reams of stats and focuses far more on the personalities and approaches to management employed by the games most important managers. James does use some statistical tests to see how the historical records shed life on how each manager handled his team. Those statistical bits are fascinating. But mostly you'll find here some telling quotes about the managers and James' own attempt to paint a word profile of each. His opening question is a good one: if some guy is sitting across the table from you, applying for the job of managing a major league baseball team, how do you know what to look for? How do you decide? It's a great question and, in true James form, some of the answers are unexpected and loads of fun....and a few just others seem to be points that may be important to James alone. And here's one thing I learned from this book -- there is no one prototype of a successful managers. Guys with entirely different approaches to the game, different styles of dealing with players and different senses of priorities have all been successful. They just have to assemble a cast around them that will thrive within what they want to do. THAT may be why success in baseball is so elusive. It certainly explains why just amassing the most high-paid, talented players does not guarantee a pennant!