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Long before Moneyball became a sensation or Nate Silver turned the knowledge hed honed on baseball into electoral gold, John Thorn and Pete Palmer were using statistics to shake the foundations of the game. First published in 1984, The Hidden Game of Baseball ushered in the sabermetric revolution by demonstrating that we were thinking about baseball stats—and thus the game itself—all wrong. Instead of praising sluggers for gaudy RBI totals or pitchers for wins, Thorn and Palmer argued in favor of more subtle measurements that correlated much more closely to the ultimate goal: winning baseball games.

            The new gospel promulgated by Thorn and Palmer opened the door for a flood of new questions, such as how a ballparks layout helps or hinders offense or whether a strikeout really is worse than another kind of out. Taking questions like these seriously—and backing up the answers with data—launched a new era, showing fans, journalists, scouts, executives, and even players themselves a new, better way to look at the game.

            This brand-new edition retains the body of the original, with its rich, accessible analysis rooted in a deep love of baseball, while adding a new introduction by the authors tracing the books influence over the years. A foreword by ESPNs lead baseball analyst, Keith Law, details The Hidden Games central role in the transformation of baseball coverage and team management and shows how teams continue to reap the benefits of Thorn and Palmers insights today. Thirty years after its original publication, The Hidden Game is still bringing the high heat—a true classic of baseball literature.

Synopsis:

Written by three esteemed baseball statisticians, The Book continues where the legendary Bill James's Baseball Abstracts and Palmer and Thorn's The Hidden Game of Baseball left off more than twenty years ago. Continuing in the grand tradition of sabermetrics, the authors provide a revolutionary way to think about baseball with principles that can be applied at every level, from high school to the major leagues.Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin cover topics such as batting and pitching matchups, platooning, the benefits and risks of intentional walks and sacrifices, the legitimacy of alleged clutch hitters, and many of baseball's other theories on hitting, fielding, pitching, and even baserunning. They analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it's a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the inside game of baseball.Whenever you hear an announcer talk about the unwritten rule or say that so-and-so is going by the book in bringing in a situational substitute, The Book reviews the facts and determines what the real case is. If you want to know what the folks in baseball should be doing, find out in The Book.

Synopsis:

Long before Moneyball, this book brought sabermetrics--the scientific measurement of baseball--into the popular realm. Whereas it used to be unquestioned that runs batted in, batting average, and pitcher wins were among the most telling of statistics, the sabermetric revolution revealed that subtler measurements such as on-base percentage, wins above replacement, and WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) could be used to find value in players. Thorn and Palmer here introduced key measurements and concepts, and they explained and promoted a huge range of considerations that had never been taken seriously and systemically into account by journalists, fans, players, scouts or executives. Their work also made possible much easier comparison of players across eras. The authors also provide the pedigree and history of various concepts and measurements, showing how our understanding of signal and noise in the available data has evolved. With a new preface by the authors and foreword by ESPNs Keith Law, this reissue brings back one of the most influential baseball books ever published.

About the Author

John Thorn, a sports historian and author, has been the official baseball historian for Major League Baseball since 2011.He is a co-editor of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball.

He resides in New York.

Pete Palmer is a statistician, baseball analyst, and a former consultant to Sports Information Center. He is a co-editor of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. He lives in New Hampshire and Florida.
John Thorn, a sports historian and author, has been the official baseball historian for Major League Baseball since 2011.He is a co-editor of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball.

He resides in New York.

Pete Palmer is a statistician, baseball analyst, and a former consultant to Sports Information Center. He is a co-editor of Total Baseball: The Official Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball. He lives in New Hampshire and Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface           

Acknowledgements

1. The Music of Sphere and Ash

2. Whats Wrong with Traditional Baseball Statistics

3. The New Statistics

4. The Linear Weights System

5. Theres No Place Like Home

6. The Theory of Relativity and Other Absolute Truths

7. The Good Old Days Are Now

8. The Book . . . and the Computer

9. Rising to the Occasion

10. 44 Percent of Baseball

11. Measuring the Unmeasurable

12. What Makes Teams Win

13. Great Single-Season Performances

14. The Ultimate Baseball Statistic

15. Rumblings in the Pantheon

Key to Symbols Used in the Tables

Tables: 1. Lifetime Leaders

2. Single-Season Leaders

3. Season-by-Season Records, 1876–1984

4. Complete Player Data, 1984

Appendix: Top 500 Players of All Time (through 2013)

Bibliography

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ian miller, August 8, 2008 (view all comments by ian miller)
Author's last name is Tango, not Lango.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597971294
Author:
Tango, Tom
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Author:
Law, Keith
Author:
Palmer, Pete
Author:
Lichtman, Mitchel
Author:
Reuther, David
Author:
Dolphin, Andrew
Author:
Thorn, John
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Baseball - Statistics
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball Reference
Edition Description:
Third Edition, Enlarged
Series Volume:
A Revolutionary Appr
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Written by three esteemed baseball statisticians, The Book continues where the legendary Bill James's Baseball Abstracts and Palmer and Thorn's The Hidden Game of Baseball left off more than twenty years ago. Continuing in the grand tradition of sabermetrics, the authors provide a revolutionary way to think about baseball with principles that can be applied at every level, from high school to the major leagues.Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin cover topics such as batting and pitching matchups, platooning, the benefits and risks of intentional walks and sacrifices, the legitimacy of alleged clutch hitters, and many of baseball's other theories on hitting, fielding, pitching, and even baserunning. They analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it's a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the inside game of baseball.Whenever you hear an announcer talk about the unwritten rule or say that so-and-so is going by the book in bringing in a situational substitute, The Book reviews the facts and determines what the real case is. If you want to know what the folks in baseball should be doing, find out in The Book.
"Synopsis" by ,
Long before Moneyball, this book brought sabermetrics--the scientific measurement of baseball--into the popular realm. Whereas it used to be unquestioned that runs batted in, batting average, and pitcher wins were among the most telling of statistics, the sabermetric revolution revealed that subtler measurements such as on-base percentage, wins above replacement, and WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) could be used to find value in players. Thorn and Palmer here introduced key measurements and concepts, and they explained and promoted a huge range of considerations that had never been taken seriously and systemically into account by journalists, fans, players, scouts or executives. Their work also made possible much easier comparison of players across eras. The authors also provide the pedigree and history of various concepts and measurements, showing how our understanding of signal and noise in the available data has evolved. With a new preface by the authors and foreword by ESPNs Keith Law, this reissue brings back one of the most influential baseball books ever published.
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