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I am not a big sports fan and so I am not very familiar with the facts, figures, scores, stats etc. This was a very educational book for me!  Don't be deterred from reading this book just because you are not a sports fan ... this book may change your mind! - 5 Stars. - Amazon.com Customer Review

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Yes, this is a book of lists.  Lists of baseball's best from the beginning of the game to today, from a time before there was a National or American League to the present day major leagues of thirty teams from coast to coast. The Best Ever Book takes those ratings and ranks and weaves them around the statistical history of the game, including all players from 1871 until the present modern game.  The staff at baseballevaluation.com spent 5,000 hours on research into the correlation between baseball statistics and player performance over the history of the game and developed a rating system that mirrored the way real baseball values its players.  The lists here reflect that with explanations of the top teams, players, and pitchers that have been marvels of america's pastime during the great summer game of baseball.   --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: JDP ECON Publications; Presumed First edition (February 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974533866
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974533865
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,785,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Take advantage of the "Look Inside!" feature before you buy! I wish I had.

I was looking for something that would explain baseball statistics and help me understand what all the numbers mean. Some of the reviews for this book made me think it might be promising, but I was wrong. The only explanation given is a table of abbreviations on one page, with zero elaboration as to what the terms actually mean. The print is tiny and the book is not something you can sit down and read.

Think of this book as more of a reference. It is full of tables of statistics focusing on the "best" of everything. Best players, best seasons, etc. I'm sure it would be very interesting for someone who already understands baseball statistics very well.

If you want a book that explains baseball statistics or any other aspect of the game, I highly recommend BASEBALL FOR DUMMIES. I gave away my copy a long time ago and I should have just bought a new one in the first place. That's what I will be doing as soon as I return this particular item.
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I am a baseball stat geek and have read and studied the works of Bill James, Pete Palmer and others. Normally books of this type present, explain and defend their formulas and theories. This book is nothing more than presentation of the results of flawed research without explanation or justification. If your research tells you that the best team ever played in 1875 and that a second place team in 1879 is the fifth best team of all time, don't publish a book, figure out what is wrong with your approach. Instead, we get "We're a bit surprised ..." The Golden Age of baseball was not the 1870's, but this book reports that 6 of the 30 best teams ever played in that decade. It isn't just a problem of over-rating teams and players of baseball's formative years, they also tell us that 1961 Detroit Tigers were better than the Yankees team they finished 8 games behind.
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This is a great book if you are interested in baseball at all, and is very easy to read even if you don't know much about statistics. It's full of interesting facts and figures, and does a great job explaining what each rating and score is, and why it is important to the game of baseball. I learned a lot about the history of baseball reading this, and the writing style is great for just sitting down and reading - not dry and boring, like you would expect a stats book to be. Highly recommended!
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Great reference book to have on hand! Abbreviations are clearly written out and easy to find in the book. Extremely neat, clean, easy to follow book. A highly informative reference guide or a great book to get to learn about some of the recent history of baseball. Highly recommend!
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I bought this for my Husband who loves all things baseball. He is really enjoying the book and I was so happy to have found it for him.
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Even for the man that thinks he knows all of the stats he still read this book from cover to cover and loved it
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