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

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 (9780062490223): Keith Law: Books

Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN expert author and also analytical expert Keith Legislation's nonconforming look at the numbers game of baseball, confirming why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, discussing just what numbers really function, and also exploring what the surge of Big Data implies for the future of the sporting activity.

For decades, data such as batting standard, saves taped, as well as pitching won-lost records have been used to measure specific players' as well as groups' prospective and also success. However in the previous fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement– sabermetrics– has actually been welcomed by front workplaces in Major League Baseball as well as amongst dream baseball fanatics. But while sabermetrics is acknowledged as being smarter and extra accurate, reactionaries, consisting of journalists, fans, and also supervisors, stubbornly believe that the "old" means– a mix of out-of-date numbers and also "digestive tract" impulse– is still the best way. Baseball, they suggest, must be run by people, not by numbers.

In this interesting as well as provocative publication, the renowned ESPN expert as well as elderly baseball writer knocks down a century's worth of accepted knowledge, making the clear-cut instance against the long-established sight. Equipped with concrete examples from various periods of baseball background, logic, a little math, and dynamic commentary, he demonstrates how the loyalty to these numbers– dating back to the start of the specialist game– is firmly rooted not in precision or success, however in baseball's unreasonable adherence to practice.

While Law gores spiritual cows, from clutch entertainers to RBIs to the infamous save policy, he likewise debunks sabermetrics, discussing exactly what these "brand-new" numbers really are as well as why they're vital. He additionally considers the video game's future, examining how teams are making use of Data– from PhDs to advanced analytical databases– to construct future lineups; changes that will change baseball and all of expert sports.

Keith Law talks Smart Baseball with BCPL

Baseball writer Keith Law discusses his new book, Smart Baseball, with BCPL. The book is "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." The book releases April 25th and will be available at Baltimore County Public Library then.