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Best of Baseball Prospectus: 1996-2011 Paperback – December 8, 2011
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But as with everything, baseball is not nearly as simple as it seems, and the modern statistical analysis of the game has revealed what generations of observers had missed, and at the same time made it clear that what we think we see, in any endeavor, may not be what's really there.
The details of the mathematical analysis of baseball will be of interest to any serious fan, and should make it easier for a more casual observer to enjoy the game, and this book is an excellent introduction to the topic of sabrmetrics, as the field has come to be called. The quality of writing varies, as do the level of insights, but all in all, "The Best of Baseball Prospectus" is not only a worthy addition to any baseball bookshelf, but also a great way to start one.
It's also a good place to start wondering what else has been missed in other fields by simply accepting the received wisdom, and not rigorously analyzing popular assumptions.