Understanding Sabermetrics: An Introduction to the Science of Baseball Statistics

McFarland - This introduction to the basics of sabermetric analysis explains concepts including normalization, linear weights and runs created, as well as popular calculations like OPS On-Base plus Slugging, peak versus career performance, WHIP Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched, PF Park Factor and others increasingly used by baseball fans.

Its practitioners have created new statistical tools and revised our old ways of thinking about established measures such as the batting average, tactics such as the sacrifice bunt, and even who among the greats was truly great. Used book in Good Condition. Born in the 1970s as a radical challenge to traditional baseball statistics, sabermetrics has developed into a new way of understanding many aspects of the game.





The Book: Playing The Percentages In Baseball

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform - They analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it’s a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the “inside” game of baseball. Whenever you hear an announcer talk about the “unwritten rule” or say that so-and-so is going “by the book” in bringing in a situational substitute, The Book reviews the facts and determines what the real case is.

If you want to know what the folks in baseball should be doing, find out in The Book. Written by three esteemed baseball statisticians, the Book continues where the legendary Bill James’s Baseball Abstracts and Palmer and Thorn’s The Hidden Game of Baseball left off more than twenty years ago. Continuing in the grand tradition of sabermetrics, the authors provide a revolutionary way to think about baseball with principles that can be applied at every level, from high school to the major leagues.

The Book: Playing The Percentages In Baseball - Tom tango, fielding, the benefits and risks of intentional walks and sacrifices, and Andrew Dolphin cover topics such as batting and pitching matchups, pitching, platooning, the legitimacy of alleged “clutch” hitters, Mitchel Lichtman, and many of baseball’s other theories on hitting, and even baserunning.





The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball

University of Pennsylvania Press - Rocketed to popularity by the 2003 bestseller moneyball and the film of the same name, the use of sabermetrics to analyze player performance has appeared to be a David to the Goliath of systemically advantaged richer teams that could be toppled only by creative statistical analysis. But how accurately can crunching numbers quantify a player's ability? Do sabermetrics truly level the playing field for financially disadvantaged teams? How much of the baseball analytic trend is fad and how much fact?The Sabermetric Revolution sets the record straight on the role of analytics in baseball.

The sabermetric revolution offers more than a fascinating case study of the use of statistics by general managers and front office executives: for fans and fantasy leagues, this book will provide an accessible primer on the real math behind moneyball as well as new insight into the changing business of baseball.

Tracing the growth of front office dependence on sabermetrics and the breadth of its use today, they explore how Major League Baseball and the field of sports analytics have changed since the 2002 season. Former mets sabermetrician benjamin Baumer and leading sports economist Andrew Zimbalist correct common misinterpretations and develop new methods to assess the effectiveness of sabermetrics on team performance.

The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball - . Their conclusion is optimistic, but the authors also caution that sabermetric insights will be more difficult to come by in the future. From the front office to the family room, sabermetrics has dramatically changed the way baseball players are assessed and valued by fans and managers alike. The story has been so compelling that, over the past decade, team after team has integrated statistical analysis into its front office.





Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball

William Morrow - While law gores sacred cows, from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule, he also demystifies sabermetrics, explaining what these "new" numbers really are and why they’re vital. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers. In this informative and provocative book, the renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view.

He also considers the game’s future, examining how teams are using Data—from PhDs to sophisticated statistical databases—to build future rosters; changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, and managers, fans, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way.

Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball - . Predictably irrational meets moneyball in espn veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.

For decades, saves recorded, statistics such as batting average, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers—dating back to the beginning of the professional game—is firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, a little math, and lively commentary, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition.

But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts.





Practicing Sabermetrics: Putting the Science of Baseball Statistics to Work

McFarland & Company - Practicing Sabermetrics: Putting the Science of Baseball Statistics to Work - Morrow. Used book in Good Condition. The past 30 years have seen an explosion in the number and variety of baseball books and articles. This book by the authors of understanding sabermetrics 2008 goes beyond the explanation of new statistics to demonstrate their use in solving some of the more familiar problems of baseball research, such as how to compare players across generations; how to account for the effects of ballparks and rules changes; and how to measure the effectiveness of the sacrifice bunt or the range of the Gold Glove-winning shortstop.

. Following the lead of pioneers bill james, john thorn, and Pete Palmer, researchers have steadily challenged the ways we think about player and team performance--and along the way revised what we thought we knew of baseball history.





The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

Free Press - In the players, ” a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, along with James's signature stats-based ratings method called “Win Shares, you'll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, and outfielders.

Morrow. When bill james published his original historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball. Now, baseball's beloved “sultan of Stats” The Boston Globe is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium.

The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract - Like the original, the new Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. And there's more: the reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. The game provides a century's worth of american baseball history, Where, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, and by Whom the game was played.

A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself. Used book in Good Condition. Free Press.





Analyzing Baseball Data with R Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series

Routledge - Through the book’s various examples, readers will learn about modern sabermetrics and be able to conduct their own baseball analyses. It equips readers with the necessary skills and software tools to perform all of the analysis steps, from gathering the datasets and entering them in a convenient format to visualizing the data via graphs to performing a statistical analysis.

Crc press. Analyzing baseball data with r provides an introduction to R for sabermetricians, baseball enthusiasts, and students interested in exploring the rich sources of baseball data. It offers detailed instructions on downloading the datasets and putting them into formats that simplify data exploration and analysis.

Analyzing Baseball Data with R Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series - Morrow. They also cover the traditional graphics functions in the base package and introduce more sophisticated graphical displays available through the lattice and ggplot2 packages. Each chapter contains exercises that encourage readers to perform their own analyses using R. Used book in Good Condition. This book helps readers answer questions about baseball teams, players, and strategy using large, publically available datasets.

Free Press. With its flexible capabilities and open-source platform, R has become a major tool for analyzing detailed, high-quality baseball data. The authors first present an overview of publicly available baseball datasets and a gentle introduction to the type of data structures and exploratory and data management capabilities of R.





BIG DATA BASEBALL

Flatiron Books - Award-winning journalist travis sawchik takes you behind the scenes to expertly weave together the stories of the key figures who changed the way the Pirates played the game, revealing how a culture of collaboration and creativity flourished as whiz-kid analysts worked alongside graybeard coaches to revolutionize the sport and uncover groundbreaking insights for how to win more games without spending a dime.

Big data baseball is Moneyball for a new generation. From pitch framing to on-field shifts, this entertaining and enlightening underdog story closely examines baseball’s burgeoning big data movement and demonstrates how the millions of data points which aren’t immediately visible to players and spectators, are the bit of magic that led the Pirates to finish the 2013 season in second place and brought an end to a twenty-year losing streak.

BIG DATA BASEBALL - Free Press. New york times bestsellerafter twenty consecutive losing seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the club’s payroll ranked near the bottom of the sport, game attendance was down, team morale was low, and the city was becoming increasingly disenchanted with its team. Flatiron Books. Big data baseball is the story of how the 2013 pirates, make the playoffs, mired in the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, adopted drastic big-data strategies to end the drought, and turn around the franchise’s fortunes.

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Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball

William Morrow Paperbacks - While law gores sacred cows, from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule, he also demystifies sabermetrics, explaining what these "new" numbers really are and why they’re vital. Morrow. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, and managers, including journalists, fans, traditionalists, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way.

Crc press. Baseball, should be run by people, they argue, not by numbers. In this informative and provocative book, teh renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Flatiron Books. Predictably irrational meets moneyball in espn veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, explaining what numbers actually work, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.

Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball - For decades, saves recorded, statistics such as batting average, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. Used book in Good Condition. Free Press. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, a little math, and lively commentary, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers—dating back to the beginning of the professional game—is firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, logic, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition.





The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics

University of Chicago Press - Instead of praising sluggers for gaudy rbI totals or pitchers for wins, Thorn and Palmer argued in favor of more subtle measurements that correlated much more closely to the ultimate goal: winning baseball games. Long before moneyball became a sensation or nate Silver turned the knowledge he’d honed on baseball into electoral gold, John Thorn and Pete Palmer were using statistics to shake the foundations of the game.

Flatiron Books. Free Press. The new gospel promulgated by thorn and palmer opened the door for a flood of new questions, such as how a ballpark’s layout helps or hinders offense or whether a strikeout really is worse than another kind of out. Morrow. A foreword by espn’s lead baseball analyst, keith law, details The Hidden Game’s central role in the transformation of baseball coverage and team management and shows how teams continue to reap the benefits of Thorn and Palmer’s insights today.

The Hidden Game of Baseball: A Revolutionary Approach to Baseball and Its Statistics - Thirty years after its original publication, The Hidden Game is still bringing the high heat―a true classic of baseball literature. First published in 1984, the hidden game of Baseball ushered in the sabermetric revolution by demonstrating that we were thinking about baseball stats―and thus the game itself―all wrong.

This brand-new edition retains the body of the original, with its rich, accessible analysis rooted in a deep love of baseball, while adding a new introduction by the authors tracing the book’s influence over the years. Used book in Good Condition. Taking questions like these seriously―and backing up the answers with data―launched a new era, executives, scouts, journalists, showing fans, and even players themselves a new, better way to look at the game.





Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong

Basic Books - In the numbers-obsessed sport of baseball, statistics don't merely record what players, managers, and owners have done. Morrow. This is a book that every fan, every coach, every fantasy player, at every level, and every player, every follower of sports radio, can learn from and enjoy. Used book in Good Condition.

. Basic Books AZ. Free Press. The revolution in baseball statistics that began in the 1970s is a controversial subject that professionals and fans alike argue over without end. Properly understood, they can tell us how the teams we root for could employ better strategies, put more effective players on the field, and win more games.

Crc press. Baseball Between the Numbers is that book. In separate chapters covering every aspect of the game, pitching, bring them out into the open, hidden aspects of the game, and fielding to roster construction and the scouting and drafting of players, the experts at Baseball Prospectus examine the subtle, from hitting, and show us how our favorite teams could win more games.

Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong - Flatiron Books. Despite this fundamental change in the way we watch and understand the sport, no one has written the book that reveals, how the best practitioners of statistical analysis in baseball-people like Bill James, Billy Beane, across every area of strategy and management, and Theo Epstein-think about numbers and the game.