Baseball Between The Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by Jonah KeriBaseball Between The Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong by Jonah Keri

Baseball Between The Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong

byJonah Keri, Baseball Prospectus

Paperback | February 27, 2007

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In the numbers-obsessed sport of baseball, statistics don't merely record what players, managers, and owners have done. Properly understood, they can tell us how the teams we root for could employ better strategies, put more effective players on the field, and win more games. The revolution in baseball statistics that began in the 1970s is a controversial subject that professionals and fans alike argue over without end. Despite this fundamental change in the way we watch and understand the sport, no one has written the book that reveals, across every area of strategy and management, how the best practitioners of statistical analysis in baseball-people like Bill James, Billy Beane, and Theo Epstein-think about numbers and the game.Baseball Between the Numbersis that book. In separate chapters covering every aspect of the game, from hitting, pitching, and fielding to roster construction and the scouting and drafting of players, the experts at Baseball Prospectus examine the subtle, hidden aspects of the game, bring them out into the open, and show us how our favorite teams could win more games. This is a book that every fan, every follower of sports radio, every fantasy player, every coach, and every player, at every level, can learn from and enjoy.
Baseball Prospectusis the top statistical web site in baseball and is extensively used, in print and on air, by a wide range of major broadcasters, magazines, and daily newspapers that cover Major League Baseball.
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Title:Baseball Between The Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is WrongFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.5 inPublished:February 27, 2007Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0465005470

ISBN - 13:9780465005475

Appropriate for ages: 13

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tries to present an easy to undestand point of view regarding the title of this book. At the risk of over-generalization I think baseball fans generally fall into three categories: stat-heads, traditionalists, and those who are somewhere in between. This book aims for those who are somewhere in between. If you're a stat-head, this book presents nothing new. You'll probably still find it interesting, but you'll be wanting a deeper explanation behind the numbers and probably be frustrated by the simplification of some of the findings and concepts. If you're a traditionalist, don't bother with this book. If you're somewhere in between though, this book is BP's attempt to sway you away from scouting reports and their descriptions of a player's "tools." With decades upon decades of box scores and new statistics being compiled every year, numbers can tell you a whole lot about a baseball player and his true talent level that the human eye might miss. This book sets up loaded questions (e.g. What's the Matter with RBI? or When is One Run Worth More than Two?) and breaks down the statistics and research that explain why the conventional thinking is wrong. If you're just starting to dabble in advanced metrics or want to challenge some basic assumptions about the game, you could do worse than starting here.
Date published: 2017-08-13