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 by Keith Law

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Title : 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
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ISBN : 0062490222
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Will rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Sean rated it ★★★★☆

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...


Kyle rated it ★★★★☆

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 (...


Dave rated it ★★★★★

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...


Maurice rated it ★★★★★

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...


Jason rated it ★★★★★

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...


Dave rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 06, 2017

I slogged through this book. Lots of math, and stats and new ways to look at the game I love. Not really into trying to understand a lot of what the stat geeks are trying to do with baseball. But its the way people are looking at the game these days so I try to keep up with it.


Mark rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2017

Read for the 2017 PopSugar reading challenge. Since I write about baseball, I'm checking it off as "A book with career advice." The subtitle of this book is quite a mouthful, but you can simply think of it as Smart Baseball, because that's what it mostly aspires to explain. For a long time, up unt...


Chad rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 02, 2017

I debated between two and three stars... I was disappointed in this book, because it didn't break any new ground. Part one consisted of seven chapters talking about why older baseball stats (e.g. RBI) aren't all that meaningful. This has been covered previously. Part two talks about better statist...


Brianna rated it ★★★☆☆

July 19, 2017

I believe I am a member of the target audience for this book: I love both baseball and math/statistics, but I was not necessarily familiar with all of the newer statistics that are being used in the MLB before reading this book. Law presents a competent argument for why some of the old figures th...





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