Mind Game: How the Boston Red Sox Got Smart, Won a World Series, and Created a New Blueprint for Winning

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Steven Goldman, Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts
Workman Publishing, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
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Think You Know Baseball?
Think Again.

The Red Sox finally won a World Series, in a triumph of unconventional wisdom. They rethought the batting order and committed to Johnny Damon as lead-off. Saw the talent in David Ortiz that other teams overlooked. Had the courage to trade one of the game's top shortstops for the good of the team. They knocked over the sacred cows of RBIs, sacrifice bunts, the hit-and-run, and hewed to the new thinking about pitch count--allowing Pedro Martinez, arguably baseball's best pitcher ever, to excel. Weaving statistics, narrative, personalities, and anecdote, Mind Game reveals exactly how this group of "idiots," led by Theo Epstein and Terry Francona, was in fact the smartest team in the league, and revolutionizes the thinking fan's understanding of how baseball games are really won and lost.
 

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User Review  - ehines - LibraryThing

Perhaps not as much about the 04 Sox as many fans would like. Probably best described but a pretty well-written collection of essays on stats-driven team-building inspired by the story of the 04 Sox. Read full review

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User Review  - Maura - Goodreads

read about half of this during today's headache, so i know i didn't absorb all that much. but that's fine, because i still enjoyed it and figured to be rereading it at least once in the future. maybe ... Read full review

Contents

The Banality of Incompetence 19192002
1
How Important Is a Teams Best Player? The Noncurse of the Grey Eagle A Case Study
14
Shopping for Winners November 25 2003
17
Dan Duquette Failed Epstein Prototype
30
The ARod Advantage November December 2003
35
Squeezing the Merchandise March 7 and March 24 2004
47
Varieties of Relief April 89 2004
63
Calvin Schiraldi IndustrialStrength Fluke
73
Hail and Farewell to the Holy Trinity
192
Invulnerable August 16 September 11 2004
197
Bicoastal Blues?
202
Cracking the Rivera Code September 1719 2004
209
Deconstructing Pedro September 2426 2004
217
Pedro Without Qualification
218
Why Dont We Just Wake Up the Bambino and Ill Drill Him
228
Refraining History October 582004
231

Walking Wounded April 1618 2004
77
Arms and the Man April 25 2004
85
You Want Me to Hit Like a Little Bitch? May 5 2004
91
The Caveman Cleans Up May 21 2004
105
The Holy Gospel of OnBase Percentage May 23 2004
113
OnBasePercentage Scripture
120
A Streak of Insignificance May 29 June 8 2004
125
Nomars Spring and Regression to the Mean June 9 2004
141
Better Winning Through Chemistry July 13 2004
151
The Fanning Fallacy
157
Brothers of the Mind Game July 68 2004
161
Basebrawl July 24 2004
169
DraftWise but CareerFoolish
178
Nomargate July 31 2004
183
Insult and Injury October 16 2004
241
The 510SquareInch War Zone October 1718 2004
249
Beat the Devil October 1920 2004
261
The Substance of Style October 2327 2004
269
Beat the Yankees Be the Yankees October 28 2004
277
Epilogue
285
Yawkey and PostYawkey Red Box General Managers
291
The Complete List of Baseball Brawls from Stengel and Weinart to ARod and Varitek
293
Glossary and Statistical Leaders
300
Notes
335
About the Authors
343
Index
347
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About the author (2005)

Steven Goldman is the creator of the long-running Pinstriped Bible column at www.yesnetwork.com and the You Could Look It Up column for BaseballProspectus.com, a contributor to the Baseball Prospectus annual book, and the author of the biography Forging Genius: the Making of Casey Stengel. His work has also been seen in Yankees Magazine, the New York Sun, and Web sites too numerous to mention. Steven lives in New Jersey with his wife, Stefanie, daughter, Sarah, and, by the time you read this, a boy to be named later.

Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts on Baseball Talent includes, among others, Gary Huckabay, the founder of Baseball Prospectus; Chris Kahrl, a sports editor who lives in Washington, D.C.; and Dave Pease, who roots for Ryan Klesko in San Diego. Together, the roster of Baseball Prospectus writers consult to 26 of the 30 major league baseball teams.

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