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  • Astro
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    I'm going to try and pick this up tomorrow from a local bookstore... I'm pretty sure they'll have it, if not I'll get it delivered from Amazon.com

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  • Taco De Muerte
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    Here's an article based on chapter's 1 and 2 about ortiz and clutch hitting.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...s/ortiz/060405

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  • Joltin' Joe
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    Originally posted by KCGHOST
    Though I frequently criticize BP for their failings they are one of the few sites I pay to belong to.
    I'm glad to hear that. I do too. I don't always agree 100% with them but the articles are great and anyone that likes that site will enjoy this book.

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  • KCGHOST
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    Though I frequently criticize BP for their failings they are one of the few sites I pay to belong to.

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  • Tango Tiger
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    I've said this in a few places, so I'll say it here as well:

    BP's BBTN is very good, and a worthy addition to any sabermetric library. Well-written, without being number-obsessed.

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  • Joltin' Joe
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    Originally posted by Donnybrook @ Second base
    No it only says in huge letters on the cover:

    WHY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GAME IS WRONG
    That's marketing your product. It does grab your attention doesn't it?

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  • Jonah Keri
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    Hey gang...

    Jonah Keri here, I'm the editor of Baseball Between the Numbers. Glad to see some of you have enjoyed the book. To address a couple of concerns:

    There's no number-torturing going on here. In fact some of the conclusions drawn from the analysis directly fly in the face of stathead wisdom. "Why Doesn't Billy Beane's S*** Work In The Playoffs" chapter is one such example.

    The subtitle was chosen by the publisher--it's meant to be a bit of an exaggeration, and obviously it refers to the royal "you" more than anything.

    The book is actually quite accessible to people with a little less statistical knowledge, I think...certainly many of the individual chapters are.

    Anyway, to find out more of the book, feel free to check out these tidbits:

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ar...articleid=4704
    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/ar...articleid=4845

    Hope you all enjoy it!

    Cheers,
    JK

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  • KCGHOST
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    It is very important to remember that the BP boys 1) are not above torturing the numbers until they tell them what they want to hear, and 2) blindly support each other's work as if it is gospel.

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  • Donnybrook @ Second base
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    Originally posted by Joltin' Joe
    Actually the book doesn't say that...
    No it only says in huge letters on the cover:

    WHY EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT THE GAME IS WRONG

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  • Joltin' Joe
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    OK I finally finished the book. In a nutshell, a good read and worth the $15 or the $16 they charge for it. It's not a can't put down ala Sidney Sheldon thriller but definitely kept my interest for the 400+ pages.

    The book is definitely not for the casual fan. It is definitely written for the statheads. They do explain things however so that a novice fan can somewhat understand what is going on. However the book is a collection of mini essays so the brief explanation of EqA in just about every chapter got a little old. That being said, some chapters were very interesting(What's the Matter with the RBI) and some went into too much tedious detail for me(Is Alex Rodriguez overpaid). I can however see how the A-Rod chapter could be very interesting to another reader. A good analogy would be that the book is a very good cafeteria. You will want most of the food but maybe not all of it. And another person may want something that you did not want. And of course there will be someone that will want it all.

    Here are my quick 2 cents on some of the chapters.

    "Whats the matter with the RBI"
    This chapter attempts to prove how misleading RBIs are. Very interesting and eyeopening on how bad Joe Carter's 1997(102 RBI), and Tony Batistat's 2004(103 RBI) seasons were. Carter had -2.4 VORP and Batista -1.1 VORP.

    "Why are Pitcher so unpredictable"
    This chapter attempts the same with ERA and how misleading it is. Discusses DIPS and BABIP, two stats I have always liked.

    "Five starter or Four"
    Statistically demonstrates why the four day rest is better. The killer is pitch count not the lack of rest between starts.

    "Did Derek Jeter deserve the gold glove"
    Explains FRAR & FRAA, and of course why Jeter did not deserve the GG.

    "Is David Ortiz a clutch hitter"
    Yes he is...

    "What if Rickey Henderson had Pet Incaviglia Legs"
    How Caught stealing is much costlier than originally anticipated

    "Is Alex Rodriguez overpaid"
    Goes into full detail of how they came up with the MORP formula

    "What do statistics tell about Steroids"
    They convincingly argue that relatively few players use steroids, and the players that are using it are the ones that are hitting between 10-30 homeruns a year.

    "Why doesn't Billy Beane's sh!t work in the playoffs"
    Convincingly argues that Closer WXRL, Pitcher K rate, and FRAA are extremely important in the Playoff. And OBP and Homeruns are not. Another eye opening chapter.

    In the closing chapter, BP does humbly argue that a team needs both advance stats & the human element(Scouts) to build a winning team. Teams that only employ one or the other are doomed to fail.

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  • Joltin' Joe
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    Originally posted by Donnybrook @ Second base
    I love stats as much as anyone, but I find it insulting that some books like this think their way is the only way to look at things.
    Actually the book doesn't say that...

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  • Donnybrook @ Second base
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    I love stats as much as anyone, but I find it insulting that some books like this think their way is the only way to look at things.

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  • Mike D.
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    Originally posted by Joltin' Joe
    I bought Mind Games along with the BP book. I will read it next.
    Cool...interested in your thoughts on that one, too!

    Right now, I'm about to start "The Wrong Stuff" by Bill Lee.

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  • Joltin' Joe
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    Originally posted by Mike D.
    Look forward to your thoughts. I read "Mind Game", the book about the 2004 Red Sox, by the Baseball Prospectus folks, and found it a good read.

    If you can stand a little Red Sox glorifying and Yankee bashing, I highly recommend it.
    I bought Mind Games along with the BP book. I will read it next.

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  • Mike D.
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    Originally posted by Joltin' Joe
    Yes I will post it once I'm done. The book is definitely not for the casual baseball fan though....which probably is good for most statheads on this board.
    Look forward to your thoughts. I read "Mind Game", the book about the 2004 Red Sox, by the Baseball Prospectus folks, and found it a good read.

    If you can stand a little Red Sox glorifying and Yankee bashing, I highly recommend it.

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