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"Dayn Perry's really got something here. Part history, part handbook, Winners is an essential read for anyone trying to understand how great teams get that way."
--Joe Sheehan, BaseballProspetus.com
"We look at baseball from so many angles today that we too often forget the point is not to look at the game from an interesting view for its own sake, but to learn how it works, in the service of learning why teams win. Any fan who wants to know will find their answers in this book."
--Tim Marchman, baseball columnist, The New York Sun
"Dayn Perry crafts a lively narrative that blends astute analysis with clever storytelling. He gets to the bottom of what makes a great team tick."
--Kevin Towers, General Manager and Executive Vice President, San Diego Padres
In this raucous, entertaining, and sure-to-be-controversial guide for the dedicated fan and unpaid organizational watchdog, Baseball Prospectus columnist Dayn Perry dives deep into the stats and comes up with some mind-blowing answers to the most important question in baseball: How do winners win?
Analyzing records, lineups, defense, and pitching staffs of the 124 teams that made it to the playoffs between 1980 and 2003, Perry separates baseball myth from hardball reality, slays some sacred cows, and gives you new, more accurate ways to analyze both individual and team performance.
You'll discover why stats like batting average, RBI, and even OBP don't tell you what you really need to know about a hitter's contribution to the team; why that much ballyhooed trading-deadline pickup probably won't help your team move up in this year's standings; and why you need only one certified ace in the rotation to make it into the post season. You'll also find out why:
Perry backs up every one of his brash claims with solid statistical evidence. He illustrates each point with colorful, engaging stories about some of the most successful teams and admired players of the last quarter century, from dynasties like the Braves and the Yankees to one-season wonders like the '87 Tigers and the '01 Diamondbacks. He shows you how to identify the young players most likely to have long and successful careers; analyzes the achievements of such greats as George Brett, Rickey Henderson, Pedro Martinez, and Barry Bonds; and reveals how one of the greatest teams of all time managed an eleven-year winning spree using ten (count 'emten!) different closers.
Whether you're buttonholing the GM, dialing your local sports call-in show, or commiserating with your buddies as the local nine go down in flames yet again, Winners gives you a leg up in every baseball argument. Maybe your team still can't winbut you can!
From the title, the tagline and the blurb, I expected the author to be putting forward a new, more revealing, way to assess performance and/or a unique insight into what factors on... Read morePublished on June 27, 2007 by K. Welch
What it actually takes to win is on the field and not just stats. The game gets played on the field and not paper. Read morePublished on May 3, 2006 by George Herman "Babe" Ruth
"Winners" is a pretty lively read. Dayn Perry discusses how playoff teams (excluding the strike-shorted 1981 season and the 1994 season where there were no playoffs) reached the... Read morePublished on April 22, 2006 by M. Johnson
Perry's first solo effort lays out for the reader what each of the greatest baseball teams in the modern era has in common. Read morePublished on April 19, 2006 by J. Hilbun
Dayn Perry is the worst baseball writer I have ever read, and "Winners" is a prime example of it. He is NOT an objective writer, even though this book is mostly mindless trivia... Read morePublished on April 18, 2006 by John Q.
While the title may be misleading - Perry doesn't really explain how good teams become great - this is still an interesting read for both casual and serious fans. Read morePublished on April 15, 2006 by Craig
This book is weak. This is trivia and really nothing more. I have caught Perry's articles on the national website he works for and I am unimpressed with both this book and his... Read morePublished on March 26, 2006 by M. Lee
Perry deftly and entertainingly navigates through numerous topics focused primarily on the common attributes shared by teams that made the playoffs from 1980 - 2003. Read morePublished on March 22, 2006 by A. Kilgore