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September 01, 2017
I confess I find soccer, what the rest of the world calls football, boring. This is not the same as believing that soccer/football actually is boring. I am certain that it is not. But as someone who knows pretty much nil about the game, I lack the vision, the knowledge, the insight to be able to...
November 20, 2017
This is a MINOR LEAGUE book in my baseball library. (maybe the class C minors)
Availability. IN PRINT
Use. NONE THAT I KNOW OF
This review is a combined review of two minor baseball books …. this one and Baseball Cards of the Sixties
I got this book as a gift. Anyt...
May 04, 2017
Keith Law was a one time co-host on one of the greatest baseball podcasts I've ever listened to, the short lived 'Baseball Today', which was inexplicably cancelled by ESPN. On that show, his blunt tone and snarky commentary on the old-guard were very influential in changing my perspective on base...
July 12, 2017
A good introduction to sabermetrics and how advanced statistics are changing the way teams view player acquisition and development. He makes a strong case against traditional statistics like pitcher wins and batting average and explains and defends well the aid that stats like Batting Runs, dRS (...
October 09, 2017
Briefly: Five years too late
It’s not clear who the intended audience for Smart Baseball is. For the sabermetrically-minded, the book is a retread of well-known objections to the use of batting average, pitcher wins, and saves to assign value to players, followed by an outlining of established sab...
September 14, 2017
Law lived the dream--he is a stathead who worked for a big-league team. But this isn't a "hit-and-tell" insider's guide to baseball--instead it represents the best analysis I have seen of the statistical revolution in baseball over the last 15 years.
Law devotes a chapter to each main statistical...
July 25, 2017
Smart Baseball, The Info you Need to Appreciate the Game
I have always devoured baseball stats, played table baseball games as a kid (APBA was my choice and later the computer version) so Smart Baseball was a perfect read for someone like me. I also believe it will enhance the enjoyment and under...
October 19, 2017
First off, this book was not written for me; in fact, if you wanted to find the one baseball fan in the world for whom this book wasn't written, I might be that fan. Because I've been writing many of the same things in the book for ... well, I'm afraid it's been more than 20 years now. But if I w...
October 28, 2017
'Smart Baseball', by ESPN's Keith Law, is off the charts great if you're a baseball fan and interested in the 'new' stats that are changing, and helping us understand, the game. Law is an ex-scout/front-office guy who is articulate, knowledgeable, and opinionated, and you don't need much more tha...
June 23, 2017
Keith Law excellently explains WHY "new" stats and metrics are superior to "traditional" ones. He does so without getting too technical so that even a casual fan can understand his points. Explaining these sabermetrics requires a lot of context, which Law provides in detail. This is an easy and i...