Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know about the Game is Wrong

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James Click, Jonah Keri
Basic Books, 2006 - Sports & Recreation - 454 pages
51 Reviews
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 Numbers is 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.

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

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I love books like this. I love baseball and this book takes my love in a new, informed direction. Read full review

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User Review  - Jwonnacott - Goodreads

I really liked this book. I found a lot of the concepts very interesting and have even gone back to look at some of the chapters years after reading them. Read full review

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Baseball Prospectus is 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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