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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun math, May 21, 2011
This review is from: The Baseball Economist: The Real Game Exposed (Paperback)
Economics and statistics; two topics that generally turn people of. But join them together with baseball, and we have the makings of a good book, such as this one here. Written by a baseball fan and using common statistical methods such as regression analysis and normalization, the author delves into the various nooks and crannies of baseball to explain the invisible workings of the sport. Broken up into distinct chapters, each one analyzes a separate facet of baseball with an eye towards understanding the behavior and motives of those in the game. For example, one chapter examines the effectiveness of different managers in dealing with the umpires by comparing the performance of players, batters and pitchers, under different managers. To some surprise, the most effective manager is Tony LaRussa, who just happens to be a lawyer! Other topics studied in this book include the real versus superficial importance of various statistics commonly used to rate players, such as Batting Average, RBI's, and On Base Percentage. After reading that chapter, I would argue for changing the criteria for the Triple Crown. The author also delves into some topics that are rarely discussed among baseball fans, such as the effectivess of different pitching coaches, the history of other leagues besides MLB, etc, etc... All in all, an engaging and interesting book, that also does a good job of citing other works about baseball.
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