The Book Book

The Book


  • Author : Tom Tango
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2014-04-28
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 398
  • ISBN 10 : 1494260174

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The Book Excerpt :

Written by three esteemed baseball statisticians, The Book continues where the legendary Bill James's Baseball Abstracts and Palmer and Thorn's The Hidden Game of Baseball left off more than twenty years ago. Continuing in the grand tradition of sabermetrics, the authors provide a revolutionary way to think about baseball with principles that can be applied at every level, from high school to the major leagues.Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin cover topics such as batting and pitching matchups, platooning, the benefits and risks of intentional walks and sacrifices, the legitimacy of alleged “clutch” hitters, and many of baseball's other theories on hitting, fielding, pitching, and even baserunning. They analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it's a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the “inside” game of baseball.Whenever you hear an announcer talk about the “unwritten rule” or say that so-and-so is going “by the book” in bringing in a situational substitute, The Book reviews the facts and determines what the real case is. If you want to know what the folks in baseball should be doing, find out in The Book.

The Hidden Game of Baseball Book

The Hidden Game of Baseball


  • Author : John Thorn
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • Release Date : 2015-03-20
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 453
  • ISBN 10 : 9780226276830

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The Hidden Game of Baseball Excerpt :

Long before Moneyball became a sensation or Nate Silver turned the knowledge he’d honed on baseball into electoral gold, John Thorn and Pete Palmer were using statistics to shake the foundations of the game. First published in 1984, The Hidden Game of Baseball ushered in the sabermetric revolution by demonstrating that we were thinking about baseball stats—and thus the game itself—all wrong. Instead of praising sluggers for gaudy RBI totals or pitchers for wins, Thorn and Palmer argued in favor of more subtle measurements that correlated much more closely to the ultimate goal: winning baseball games. The new gospel promulgated by Thorn and Palmer opened the door for a flood of new questions, such as how a ballpark’s layout helps or hinders offense or whether a strikeout really is worse than another kind of out. Taking questions like these seriously—and backing up the answers with data—launched a new era, showing fans, journalists, scouts, executives, and even players themselves a new, better way to look at the game. This brand-new edition retains the body of the original, with its rich, accessible analysis rooted in a deep love of baseball, while adding a new introduction by the authors tracing the book’s influence over the years. A foreword by ESPN’s lead baseball analyst, Keith Law, details The Hidden Game’s central role in the transformation of baseball coverage and team management and shows how teams continue to reap the benefits of Thorn and Palmer’s insights today. Thirty years after its original publication, The Hidden Game is still bringing the high heat—a true classic of baseball literature.

Percentage Baseball Book

Percentage Baseball


  • Author : Earnshaw Cook
  • Publisher : Mit Press
  • Release Date : 2003-02-01
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 0262532158

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Percentage Baseball Excerpt :

How to play percentage baseball--and win! Irrefutable mathematical findings.

Baseball Hacks Book

Baseball Hacks


  • Author : Joseph Adler
  • Publisher : "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
  • Release Date : 2006-01-31
  • Genre: Games
  • Pages : 472
  • ISBN 10 : 9781491949429

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Baseball Hacks Excerpt :

Baseball Hacks isn't your typical baseball book--it's a book about how to watch, research, and understand baseball. It's an instruction manual for the free baseball databases. It's a cookbook for baseball research. Every part of this book is designed to teach baseball fans how to do something. In short, it's a how-to book--one that will increase your enjoyment and knowledge of the game. So much of the way baseball is played today hinges upon interpreting statistical data. Players are acquired based on their performance in statistical categories that ownership deems most important. Managers make in-game decisions based not on instincts, but on probability - how a particular batter might fare against left-handedpitching, for instance. The goal of this unique book is to show fans all the baseball-related stuff that they can do for free (or close to free). Just as open source projects have made great software freely available, collaborative projects such as Retrosheet and Baseball DataBank have made great data freely available. You can use these data sources to research your favorite players, win your fantasy league, or appreciate the game of baseball even more than you do now. Baseball Hacks shows how easy it is to get data, process it, and use it to truly understand baseball. The book lists a number of sources for current and historical baseball data, and explains how to load it into a database for analysis. It then introduces several powerful statistical tools for understanding data and forecasting results. For the uninitiated baseball fan, author Joseph Adler walks readers through the core statistical categories for hitters (batting average, on-base percentage, etc.), pitchers (earned run average, strikeout-to-walk ratio, etc.), and fielders (putouts, errors, etc.). He then extrapolates upon these numbers to examine more advanced data groups like career averages, team stats, season-by-season comparisons, and more. Whether you're a mathematician, scientist, or season

Moneyball  The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Book
Score: 4
From 148 Ratings

Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game


  • Author : Michael Lewis
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2004-03-17
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780393066234

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Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Excerpt :

"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —Forbes Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract Book
Score: 4
From 8 Ratings

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract


  • Author : Bill James
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2010-05-11
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 1024
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439106938

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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract Excerpt :

When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball.” Now, baseball's beloved “Sultan of Stats” (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium. Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century's worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you'll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James's signature stats-based ratings method called “Win Shares,” a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there's more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.

The Book Book
Score: 1
From 1 Ratings

The Book


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Potomac Books, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Baseball
  • Pages : 433
  • ISBN 10 : 9781597973656

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The Book Excerpt :

Baseball "by The Book."

Curve Ball Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Curve Ball


  • Author : Jim Albert
  • Publisher : Springer Science & Business Media
  • Release Date : 2007-11-23
  • Genre: Mathematics
  • Pages : 410
  • ISBN 10 : 9780387215129

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Curve Ball Excerpt :

A look at baseball data from a statistical modeling perspective! There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and this book addresses a number of questions that are of interest to many baseball fans. These include how to rate players, predict the outcome of a game or the attainment of an achievement, making sense of situational data, and deciding the most valuable players in the World Series. Aimed at a general audience, the text does not assume any prior background in probability or statistics, although a knowledge of high school abgebra will be helpful.

Understanding Sabermetrics Book

Understanding Sabermetrics


  • Author : Gabriel B. Costa,
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2019-06-07
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476635026

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Understanding Sabermetrics Excerpt :

Interest in Sabermetrics has increased dramatically in recent years as the need to better compare baseball players has intensified among managers, agents and fans, and even other players. The authors explain how traditional measures—such as Earned Run Average, Slugging Percentage, and Fielding Percentage—along with new statistics—Wins Above Average, Fielding Independent Pitching, Wins Above Replacement, the Equivalence Coefficient and others—define the value of players. Actual player statistics are used in developing models, while examples and exercises are provided in each chapter. This book serves as a guide for both beginners and those who wish to be successful in fantasy leagues.

Baseball Field Guide Book

Baseball Field Guide


  • Author : Dan Formosa
  • Publisher : The Experiment
  • Release Date : 2016-11-10
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 9781615193295

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Baseball Field Guide Excerpt :

Newly updated third edition: A “splendidly clear and concise” guide to the rules of the game (The Boston Globe). Even if you’re a diehard fan of our national pastime, sometimes an umpire’s call can be a little baffling. And for newer fans, Major League Baseball’s nuanced rules—developed and revised over decades—can be downright perplexing. Now updated throughout with the latest changes, including the no-pitch intentional walk and “bona fide slides” for interferences on a double play, the Baseball Field Guide explains every rule in plain English: Rules that apply before, during, and after the game Equipment specifications and field requirements Duties of the coaches, managers, and umpires Rules for spectators (yes, they have rules, too!) The clearest explanation anywhere of the infamous Infield Fly Rule, and much more! Designed for quick and intuitive searches, this entertaining reference will help you understand every aspect of the game. “Unlike the official rulebook, which has codes as dense as the Dewey Decimal System, this illustrated reference is easy to read and covers everything.” —San Diego Union-Tribune

Baseball Between the Numbers Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Baseball Between the Numbers


  • Author : Jonah Keri
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2007-02-27
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 496
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465003730

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Baseball Between the Numbers Excerpt :

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.

The Legends Club Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

The Legends Club


  • Author : John Feinstein
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2017-02-21
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 514
  • ISBN 10 : 9780804173179

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The Legends Club Excerpt :

On March 18, 1980, the Duke basketball program announced the hiring of Mike Krzyzewski, the man who would restore glory to the team. The only problem: no one knew who Krzyzewski was. Nine days later, Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach. The hiring didn't raise as many eyebrows, but the two new coaches had a similar goal: to unseat North Carolina's Dean Smith as the king of college basketball. And just like that, the most sensational competitive decade in history was about to unfold. In the skillful hands of John Feinstein, The Legends Club captures an era in American sport and culture, documenting the inside view of a decade of absolutely incredible competition. Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars, the intensely personal competition that wasn't always friendly, the enormous pressure and national stakes, and the battle for the very soul of college basketball.

A Fan s Guide to Baseball Analytics Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

A Fan s Guide to Baseball Analytics


  • Author : Anthony Castrovince
  • Publisher : Sports Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-05-19
  • Genre: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 1683583442

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A Fan s Guide to Baseball Analytics Excerpt :

Broken up into sections (pitching, fielding, hitting), this authoritative yet fun and easy guide will help readers young and old fully understand and comprehend the statistics that are the present and future of our national pastime. We all know what a .300 hitter looks like. The same with a 20-game winner. Those numbers are ingrained in our brains. But do they mean as much as we think? Do we feel the same way when we hear a batter has a .390 wOBA? How about a pitcher with a 1.2 WHIP? These statistics are the future of modern baseball, and no fan should be in the dark about how these metrics apply to the game. In the last twenty years, an avalanche of analytics has taken over the way the game is played, managed, and assessed, but the statistics that drive the sport (metrics like wRC+, FIP, and WAR, just to name a few) read like alphabet soup to a large number of fans who still think batting average, RBIs, and wins are the best barometers for baseball players. In A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics, MLB.com reporter and columnist Anthony Castrovince has taken on the role as explainer to help such fans understand why the old stats don’t always add up. Readers will also learn where these modern stats came from, what they convey, and how to use them to evaluate players of the present, past, and future. For instance, what if we told you that when Joe DiMaggio had his famous 56-game hitting streak in 1941, helping him win the AL MVP, that there was, perhaps, someone more deserving? In fact, the great Ted Williams actually had a higher fWAR, bWAR, wRC+, OPS, OPS+, ISO, RC . . . well, you get the picture. So, streak or no streak, Williams should have been league MVP. An introductory course on sabermetrics, A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics is an easily digestible resource that readers can keep turning back to when they see a modern metric referenced in today’s baseball coverage.

Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting Book

Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting


  • Author : King Yao
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Games
  • Pages : 254
  • ISBN 10 : 0935926305

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Weighing the Odds in Sports Betting Excerpt :

Sports betting can be attacked intelligently. Smart sports bettors do not gamble the same way as tourists play roulette or retirees play the slot machines. Instead, smart sports bettors are making bets that they have thought through carefully with supporting logic and/or research. The purpose of this book is to give you tools to succeed at sports betting, to show you how to evaluate, compare and view sports betting from an analytical perspective, not from a gambling perspective.

Analyzing Baseball Data with R Book

Analyzing Baseball Data with R


  • Author : Max Marchi
  • Publisher : CRC Press
  • Release Date : 2018-12-03
  • Genre: Baseball
  • Pages : 342
  • ISBN 10 : 0815353510

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Analyzing Baseball Data with R Excerpt :

"The book will be of interest to basefall fans who want to learn some sabermetrics, and also people who know sabermetrics but would like to use R in their data exploration. One reason why students aren't working on baseball data is that the relevant datasets are very large. By learning R through our book, they will be encouraged to do more baseball research on their own"--