Baseball Between the Numbers

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-02-26
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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Since the baseball statistics revolution began in the 1970s, no one had written the book that reveals, across every area of strategy and management, how the best practitioners of statistical analysis in baseball think about numbers and the game. Until now. Baseball Between the Numbers covers every aspect of the national pastime, examining the subtle, hidden aspects of baseball, bringing them out into the open, and showing us how our favorite teams could win more games. This is a book that every fan, every follower of sports radio, every fantasy player, every coach, and every competitor at any level can enjoy and learn from. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xxix
Pay No Attention to the Glowing, Orange-Eyed Satan-Dog Behind the Closet Doorp. xxxiii
Batting Practice: Is Barry Bonds Better Than Babe Ruth?p. xxxvii
What's the Matter with RBI?...and Other Traditional Statisticsp. 1
Is David Ortiz a Clutch Hitter?p. 14
Was Billy Martin Crazy?p. 35
Why Are Pitchers So Unpredictable?p. 48
Are Teams Letting Their Closers Go to Waste?p. 58
Five Starters or Four? On Pitching and Staminap. 74
When Does a Pitcher Earn an Earned Run?p. 87
Did Derek Jeter Deserve the Gold Glove?p. 95
Is Mike Matheny a Catching Genius?p. 104
What if Rickey Henderson Had Pete Incaviglia's Legs?p. 112
When Is One Run Worth More Than Two?p. 127
Is Joe Torre a Hall of Fame Manager?p. 139
Why Is Mario Mendoza So Important?p. 157
Is Alex Rodriguez Overpaid?p. 174
Do Players Perform Better in Contract Years?p. 199
Do High Salaries Lead to High Ticket Prices?p. 207
Are New Stadiums a Good Deal?p. 215
Does Baseball Need a Salary Cap?p. 227
What Happened to Todd Van Poppel?p. 235
Is There Such a Thing as a Quadruple-A Player?p. 242
Why Was Kevin Maas a Bust?p. 253
Can a Team Have Too Much Pitching?p. 272
How Much Does Coors Field Really Matter?p. 292
Is Wayne Huizenga a Genius?p. 306
What Do Statistics Tell Us About Steroids?p. 326
What Does Mike Redmond Know About Tom Glavine?p. 343
Why Doesn't Billy Beane's Shit Work in the Playoffs?p. 352
Extra Innings: Can Stats and Scouts Get Along?p. 369
Notesp. 375
Glossaryp. 412
Acknowledgmentsp. 432
Indexp. 435
The Baseball Prospectus Team of Expertsp. 455
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