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It's true--everything else is fluff.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Baseball Prospectus 2000 (Paperback)
If you watch a lot of baseball and the so-called analysis offered by the journalists who cover it, you'll have come to believe in a lot of bunk by the time you reach adulthood. You'll probably believe in all kinds of myths like "clutch hitters," "protection in the lineup," that Dante Bichette is a star-caliber player, and the importance of relief pitchers having defined roles.
This book is for those who like baseball, of course, but particularly for those who are committed to understanding the empirical truth about the game. This book will help you to see what makes players and teams good or bad, regardless of their reputation in the press.
This book is the successor to Bill James' Baseball Abstracts of the 1980s. This gang has taken the methodology to the next level. It will take a while to understand what the stats mean if they're new to you, but understanding an EqA will tell you much more than a batting average, or even an on-base percentage or slugging percentage, can ever tell you about what a hitter actually contributes to his team's offense.
There is no other publication on the market that compares.