Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball

Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball Author Keith Law
ISBN-10 0062490222
ISBN-13 9780062490223
Year 2017-04-25
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher William Morrow
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Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Laws iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong explaining what numbers actually work and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport For decades statistics such as batting average saves recorded and pitching won lost records have been used to measure individual players and teams potential and success But in the past fifteen years a revolutionary new standard of measurementsabermetricshas been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate traditionalists including journalists fans and managers stubbornly believe that the old waya combination of outdated numbers and gut instinctis still the best way Baseball they argue should be run by people not by numbers In this informative and provocative book the renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a centurys worth of accepted wisdom making the definitive case against the long established view Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history logic a little math and lively commentary he shows how the allegiance to these numbersdating back to the beginning of the professional gameis firmly rooted not in accuracy or success but in baseballs irrational adherence to tradition While Law gores sacred cows from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule he also demystifies sabermetrics explaining what these new numbers really are and why theyre vital He also considers the games future examining how teams are using Datafrom PhDs to sophisticated statistical databasesto build future rosters changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports

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