- Paperback: 317 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (August 22, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393338398
- ISBN-13: 978-0393338393
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1,324 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
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Despite the fact that Lewis doesn't highlight this anti-climactic conclusion on his own, the book still has enough information for the reader to get there. It is ironic that this parallels the reason Bill James' departed from Baseball Abstract and that is mentioned in the book. There is too much focus on the details that don't matter. The high level narrative and explanation are more important. Budget matters. You can get a slight advantage by exploiting inefficiencies but this takes a long time to prove out due to limited data points the out-sized impact luck has. There are lots of little nuggets of information like that hiding in this book that make it worth reading.
"Clutch hitters" and "postseason tactics" may all be 'bunk'. Risking an out for a stolen base, or a bunt may be nonsense, despite "traditionalist" belief to the contrary. Sabermetrics is catching on. There's still plenty of room for the naysayers, and they naysay, Luddite-like against technology, but it's catching on and catching on where it counts... at the GM level.
Well written and easily readable, author Michael Lewis keeps his reader's attention right to the last page. Highly recommended, read it if you're a baseball fan: even if you're not persuaded by what you read, you'll be smarter about what Sabermetrics is all about and you won't have to deal with a single: mean, variance, or standard deviation!