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"Before you know it as the years go by, you're just like other people you have seen, with all those peculiar human ailments. Just another vehicle for temper and vanity and rashness and all the rest. Who wants it? Who needs it? These things occupy the place where a man's soul should be." -- Henderson the Rain King

Monday, May 14, 2007

Baseball Between The Numbers

Book #17 of my '07 reading list was Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game is Wrong by the Baseball Prospectus folks.

Pure candy for the mathematically inclined fan of the game, Baseball Between the Numbers provides a great summary of the latest thinking in sabermetrics. With chapter titles like 'Is David Ortiz a Clutch Hitter?' (not really) and 'Why Was Kevin Maas a Bust?" (he had old player skills) each section takes on a different topic, proposes a way to study the issue and then breaks down the statistics that either back up or refute the original hypothesis. Geeky Bill James style goodness.

What is Baseball Between the Numbers?
USS Mariner review


Baseball Between The Numbers - Jonah Keri

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