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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (December 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812245725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812245721
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Sabermetric Revolution is an excellent and well-written look at where sabermetric knowledge stands today.  This is a very useful book."  Economist Tyler Cowen on his blog, Marginal Revolution.

"The Sabermetric Revolution truly is an engaging and succinct illumination of where the field is and how it got here...well worth the read.... The book is ideal for a reader who wishes to tie together the importance of everything they have digested from sites like Fangraphs, Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times, Beyond the Box Score, and, even, yes, Camden Depot." Jon Shepherd, camdendepot.blogspot.com

 
"If you are interested in baseball and sports analytics, The Sabermetric Revolution is a must read." statsinthewild.com

"Highly recommended for the serious student of baseball."  Library Journal

Book of the Month, Prozone Sports, April 2014.  "An ideal introduction to the topic of advanced statistics in baseball, The Sabermetric Revolutionprovides a thorough overview of the ways in which analytics has transformed the management and coaching of baseball. Demonstrating how the game has been changed by the evolving use of data over time, Baumer and Zimbalist also offer a tantalising glimpse of how Saberrmetrics may continue to develop in the future."

"Former Mets sabermetrician Benjamin Baumer and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist's The Sabermetric Revolution takes an expert look at the statistical analysis craze, debunking misconceptions and evaluating the role of sabermetrics in the future—no doubt of great interest to future general managers, both real and fantasy league."—The Daily Beast



"An ideal introduction to the topic of advanced statistics in baseball, The Sabermetric Revolution provides a thorough overview of the ways in which analytics has transformed the management and coaching of baseball. Demonstrating how the game has been changed by the evolving use of data over time, Baumer and Zimbalist also offer a tantalizing glimpse of how sabermetrics may continue to develop in the future."—Prozone Sports



"The Sabermetric Revolution is an excellent and well-written look at where sabermetric knowledge stands today. This is a very useful book."—Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution



"The Sabermetric Revolution truly is an engaging and succinct illumination of where the field is and how it got here. The book is ideal for a reader who wishes to tie together the importance of everything they have digested from sites like Fangraphs, Baseball Prospectus, Hardball Times, Beyond the Box Score, and, even, yes, Camden Depot. . . . Well worth the read."—Jon Shepherd, Camden Depot



"Leo Durocher once said that 'Baseball is like church; many attend, few understand.' The Sabermetric Revolution is a must-read for those in the baseball congregation seeking understanding of how objective analytics can be used to determine intrinsic value, identify undervalued and overvalued assets and dynamics, and create competitive advantage."—Tom Garfinkel, former president and CEO of the San Diego Padres



"Moneyball was a good read by Michael Lewis and a good part for Brad Pitt, but as Ben Baumer and Andrew Zimbalist show, it was primarily a good fairy tale. The Sabermetric Revolution doesn't just debunk, but has a high slugging average with all sorts of valuable new insights and baseball numbers. But, be on guard, stats freaks: it isn't doctrinaire."—Frank Deford, commentator for NPR and HBO Real Sports



"Moneyball played an important role in highlighting to mass culture the evolution of decision making in Major League Baseball front offices—but this was only a momentary reflection of a broader movement within the game. In The Sabermetric Revolution, Baumer and Zimbalist provide a much more accurate understanding of the exceptional work of the A's to overcome their expected outcomes and how other front offices continue to advance objective analysis and its role in player personnel decisions. A must read for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of why and how baseball continues to lead the way in the use of analytics."—Mark Shapiro, president of the Cleveland Indians



"Sabermetricians have developed new and important ways of measuring player performance. Baumer and Zimbalist turn the table on the sabermetricians and evaluate their performance. The result is an interesting and balanced portrayal of what the authors believe works and what doesn't, and of the challenges that lie ahead."—Bob Costas, broadcaster for NBC and MLBTV



"The Sabermetric Revolution is like the story behind the story. Michael Lewis's classic tugs at our heartstrings and opens our eyes, but Baumer and Zimbalist help us look behind the curtain. If you've ever wanted to understand what happens in the other offices around the general manager, this is a brilliant book."—Will Carroll, lead writer for sports medicine in Bleacher Report



"Andrew Zimbalist and Benjamin Baumer do the best job yet of evaluating the benefits and the myths of the ever-growing world of baseball analytics. This is a must-read for anyone interested in where sports metrics have been as well as where they're going."—Stan Kasten, CEO of the Los Angeles Dodgers

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Daily Beast list of best baseball books 2014. "Former Mets sabermetrician Benjamin Baumer and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist's The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball takes an expert look at the statistical analysis craze, debunking misconceptions and evaluating the role of sabermetrics in the future--no doubt of great interest to future general managers, both real and fantasy league."

"Baumer and Zimbalist provide an interesting case study of the use of statistics by general managers and front office executives. For fans and fantasy leagues, the book is an accessible primer on the real math behind moneyball including new insights into the changing business of baseball."  David Low, The Wesleyan Connection.

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Customer Reviews

A quick and enjoyable read...do yourself a favor and get a copy.
Evan
The book concludes with a path-breaking quantitative analysis of the success of baseball analytics in improving team performance.
James W Wetzler
All true baseball fans will thoroughly enjoy the work of Ben Baumer and Andrew Zimbalist.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Clark C. Griffith on January 30, 2014
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This could be a very long review because this very important book contains much to comment on. I will, however, let you read this book to fully grasp what it says. You will have a complete review of baseball statistical analysis from the creation of the box score, through the Dodgers early efforts in the 1950's, to early regression analysis and then the full blown Sabermetrics efforts of today. This book also does a great service in pointing out the errors Michael Lewis added to "Money Ball" the book and errors in the movie, that have bothered me since I first saw the movie. In fact, Lewis violated Bob Uecker's first rule of resumes, "Don't lie about your batting average, they'll look that up." by "altering fact."

Zimbalist and Baumer provide a guide for the reader who want to know what analytics is and what it does, and they go further by stating the limits as well. You will find, contrary to stats geeks, that scouting is in the ascendancy, as it should be.

What I found most enlightening is explanation of the distinction between statistical analysis and data analysis. This is because I think there is too much data out there and data science, through big data management, is the way to go and is the way the secrets locked in the data will be revealed. This is good news for Sabermetricians as their tools will be enhanced.

Simply stated, if you are a baseball person at whatever level, from fan to GM, this is the book for you. I think its impact will be significant and the game will be better understood because of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James W Wetzler on February 25, 2014
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This is a must-read for anyone interested in analyzing sports. After an entertaining first chapter deconstructing the various errors and omissions in Moneyball, to which the authors attribute the surge of interest in analytics both inside and outside the sports industry, the book proceeds to a very accessible summary of what is and isn't known about the subject. It clarifies the baseball GM's basic analytical problem--that the performance indicators of individual players that are most closely associated with team wins experience very little consistency from one year to the next, so that it is easy to explain a team's performance in a particular season but very difficult to make a reliable prediction of how it will do the next season. It then summarizes the much more rudimentary state of analytics in other sports and explains why this is the case. The book concludes with a path-breaking quantitative analysis of the success of baseball analytics in improving team performance. Highly recommended for serious sports fans.
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First, make sure you have either read the book or seen the movie 'Moneyball,' because much of the early parts of this book relates directly to it, especially what is not considered a factual portrayal in the movie or the book of what actually happened concerning the 'saber' revolution in Oakland. Next, be prepared to learn why sabermetricians typically have a very strong academic background in statistics, such as degrees in economics. Then be prepared to 1) realize that the geeks are truly geeks and not usually 'inside' baseball people; 2) be ready to accept that sabermetrics is a discipline that is changing the philosophy on how the game is perceived and played and 3) be ready to be overwhelmed by an onslaught of 'foreign' baseball acronyms that can become very difficult to process, such as WAR, fWAR, rWAR, UZR, FIELD/fx, MORP and DER without a handy guide. Its a brave new baseball world.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Bell on May 11, 2014
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What the book does well is explain the concepts of sabermetrics in common language that anybody can follow. I wish the book did more of this.

However, much of the first half of the book is a critique on the other book "Moneyball". It often feels like an extended blog post of someone just being bitter about the book "Moneyball". If Baumer doesn't agree with the author of Moneyball, then he should spend his time just writing on his perspective of sabermetrics and not waste time criticizing other people's work in a published book. Save that for your website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Blyberg on December 29, 2014
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Good introduction on sabermetrics and getting to know the basics. I thought too much was spent on tearing down Moneyball, but it helps to understand the real world of SBM outside of a movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Evan on February 28, 2014
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I have just finished The Sabermetric Revolution and can't stop recommending it to friends. If you enjoyed Moneyball you owe it to yourself to see how the authors critique that book and demonstrate, with very understandable statistics, how things have changed in the decade since that book was published. It contains wonderful graphs, tables and other statistical guides to present things that will amaze (and possibly shock) any fan who thought he had the game figured out. The authors open your eyes to a new way of thinking that (1) will open your eyes and (2) never have you think the same way about baseball again. They conclude with where baseball is headed thanks to Sabermetrics and how we, the fans, can take these statistical analyses and use them to allow us to appreciate the game even more.
My wife, who is no big fan of baseball keeps asking me questions about the game as she now reads this book. A quick and enjoyable read...do yourself a favor and get a copy.
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