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The Physics of Baseball: Third Edition, Revised, Updated, and Exp...
by Robert K. Adair

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English

Pages

192

Publication Date

January 20, 2015

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<p>Blending scientific fact and sports trivia, Robert Adair examines what a baseball or player in motion does-and why. How fast can a batted ball go? What effect do stitch patterns have on wind resistance? How far does a curve ball break? Who reaches first base faster after a bunt, a right- or left-handed batter? The answers are often surprising鈥攁nd always illuminating.</p><p>This newly revised third edition considers recent developments in the science of sport such as the neurophysiology of batting, bat vibration, and the character of the "sweet spot." Faster pitchers, longer hitters, and enclosed stadiums also get a good, hard scientific look to determine their effects on the game.</p><p>Filled with anecdotes about famous players and incidents, <em>The Physics of Baseball</em> provides fans with fascinating insights into America's favorite pastime.</p>
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

423

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b><b><br /></b>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /><br />
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 17, 2004

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<p><strong>"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." 鈥?lt;em>Forbes</em></strong></p><br /><p><em>Moneyball</em> is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge鈥攊nsights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.</p>
Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining t...
by Keith Law

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English

Pages

309

Publication Date

April 25, 2017

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<p><em>Predictably Irrational</em> meets <em>Moneyball</em> in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law鈥檚 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.</p><strong></strong><p>For decades, statistics such as batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players鈥?and teams鈥?potential and success. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement鈥攕abermetrics鈥攈as been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the "old" way鈥攁 combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct鈥攊s still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by <em>people</em>, not by <em>numbers.</em>?</p><p>In this informative and provocative book, teh renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century鈥檚 worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, a little math, and lively commentary, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers鈥攄ating back to the beginning of the professional game鈥攊s firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, but in baseball鈥檚 irrational adherence to tradition. </p><p>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鈥檙e vital. He also considers the game鈥檚 future, examining how teams are using Data鈥攆rom PhDs to sophisticated statistical databases鈥攖o build future rosters; changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports. </p>
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics Book 1)
by Jim Bouton

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English

Pages

571

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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<b>A completely updated edition of 鈥渢he book that changed baseball鈥?(NPR.org), chosen by <i>Time</i> magazine as one of the 鈥?00 Greatest Non-Fiction鈥?books.</b><br /> 聽<br /> When <i>Ball Four</i> was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold, and a 鈥渟ocial leper鈥?for having violated the 鈥渟anctity of the clubhouse.鈥?Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn鈥檛 true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn鈥檛 read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.<br /> 聽<br /> Almost everyone else, however, loved <i>Ball Four</i>. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people鈥攐ften wildly funny people. David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in <i>Harper鈥檚</i> that said of Bouton: 鈥淗e has written聽.聽.聽. a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> Today <i>Ball Four</i> has taken on another role鈥攁s a time capsule of life in the sixties. 鈥淚t is not just a diary of Bouton鈥檚 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,鈥?says sportswriter Jim Caple. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a 鈥榯ell all book鈥?is like describing <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i> as a book about harvesting peaches in California.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> This ebook version of <i>Ball Four</i> includes the first edition, the 1980, 1990, and 2000 updates, and 138 photos.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball鈥檚 hierarchy and changed the way journalists and fans viewed the sports world.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i>
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
by Ben Reiter

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English

Pages

261

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER 鈥?The inside story of the Houston Astros and the innovators who took them from the worst team in baseball to the World Series in 2017 and 2019</b><br />聽聽聽聽<br /><b>鈥淪uperb . . . provides powerful insights into how organizations鈥攏ot just baseball clubs鈥攚ork best.鈥濃€?lt;i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /><i>Astroball</i> picks up where Michael Lewis鈥檚 acclaimed <i>Moneyball</i> leaves off, telling the thrilling story of a championship team that pushed both the sport and business of baseball to the next level. In 2014, the Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but just three years later they defied critics to win a stunning World Series. In this book, Ben Reiter shows how the Astros built a system that avoided the stats-versus-scouts divide by giving the human factor a key role in their decision-making. Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation, <i>Astroball</i> is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog tale and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers' Extraordinary...
by , Joe Davis

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English

Pages

386

Publication Date

May 01, 2018

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports, with enduring legacies both on and off the diamond. Chief among the hallmarks of the organization is an unparalleled pitching dominance; Dodger blue and white brings to mind brilliance on the mound and the Cy Young Awards that followed. In <i>Brothers in Arms: Koufax, Kershaw, and the Dodgers' Extraordinary Pitching Tradition, </i>acclaimed Dodgers writer Jon Weisman explores the organization's rich pitching history, from Koufax and Drysdale to Valenzuela and Hershiser, to the sublime Clayton Kershaw. Weisman delves deep into this lineage of excellence, interviewing both the legends that toed the rubber and the teammates, coaches, and personalities that witnessed their genius.
The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data...
by , Travis Sawchik

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>Move over, <i>Moneyball </i>-- </b><b>a cutting-edge look at major league baseball's next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.</b> <br /> As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in <i>The MVP Machine</i>, the Moneyball era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics' groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league's smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.<br /><br />Lindbergh and Sawchik's behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:<ul><li>How the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series</li><li>How undersized afterthoughts Jos茅 Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs</li><li>How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender</li><li>How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques</li><li>How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch</li></ul>Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball's best minds have turned to out-<i>developing</i> opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. <i>The MVP Machine</i> charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential.
Mission 27: A New Boss, A New Ballpark, and One Last Ring for the...
by , Nick Swisher

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English

Pages

304

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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Boasting a mix of homegrown talent and All-Star signings, the 2009 Yankees comprised the best of the best, from young up-and-comers to future Hall of Famers. With the previous season's failed playoff bid still as fresh as the paint job on the new Yankee Stadium, a 27th championship flag represented the singular objective of a squad which would mend clubhouse fractures, witness scandals and redemptions, and ultimately carve out a unique spot among the Yankees' pantheon of World Series teams.<br /><br /> It was the last title for the "Core Four"--Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte--who would each retire over the course of the next five years. It would be the lone title for Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, A.J. Burnett, and Nick Swisher, each of whom saw memorable peaks and valleys during their time in the Bronx. For CC Sabathia and Brett Gardner, it was their first championship, though the veterans were still in pinstripes as the latest generation of Yankees arrived for what they hope will be the next dynasty.<br /><br /><i>Mission 27</i> is a thoroughly reported chronicle of an unforgettable season, packed with interviews with the full cast of key players, team executives, broadcasters, and more. Sportswriters Bryan Hoch and Mark Feinsand offer an unparalleled, inside-the-clubhouse account of both transcendent milestones and day-to-day deliberations on the road to October, making for a detailed and engrossing retrospective no Yankees fan should miss.
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

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English

Pages

398

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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<b>How anyone can become a data ninja</b><br /><br /> From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In <i>The Model Thinker</i>, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models--from linear regression to random walks and far beyond--that can turn anyone into a genius. At the core of the book is Page's "many-model paradigm," which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. <i>The Model Thinker </i>provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.<br /><br />

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