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The Beauty of Short Hops

How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball

by Sheldon Hirsch
Alan Hirsch

eBook

Sabermetrics, the search for objective knowledge about baseball through statistical analysis, has taken over the national pastime. The authors argue that this approach began as a useful corrective but has come to harm baseball. The book demonstrates that the so-called moneyball approach, based on sabermetrics, offers only limited guidance for assembling a team, managing games, and evaluating player performance. Equally important, the obsession with statistics and vision of the game as wholly predictable obscure baseball's spectacular improvisational quality. It is the game's unquantifiable and relentless capacity to surprise--the source of wonder so central to its greatest stories and personalities--that informs any real appreciation of baseball.


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Publisher: McFarland

Kindle Book

  • Release date: December 20, 2011

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780786485840
  • Release date: December 20, 2011

EPUB eBook

  • ISBN: 9780786485840
  • File size: 327 KB
  • Release date: December 20, 2011

Formats

Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
EPUB eBook

Languages

English

Sabermetrics, the search for objective knowledge about baseball through statistical analysis, has taken over the national pastime. The authors argue that this approach began as a useful corrective but has come to harm baseball. The book demonstrates that the so-called moneyball approach, based on sabermetrics, offers only limited guidance for assembling a team, managing games, and evaluating player performance. Equally important, the obsession with statistics and vision of the game as wholly predictable obscure baseball's spectacular improvisational quality. It is the game's unquantifiable and relentless capacity to surprise--the source of wonder so central to its greatest stories and personalities--that informs any real appreciation of baseball.


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