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Wizardry: Baseball's All-Time Greatest Fielders Revealed

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Much of the credit for helping the Red Sox win the World Series went to a more scientific approach to baseball statistics, dubbed "sabermetrics" by its greatest proponent, Bill James. But one aspect of the game has defied quantification: the number of runs individual fielders save. Traditional fielding statistics count errors and plays made, but not hits fielders 'should' have reached. Major League teams have recently addressed this gap using proprietary records of the location of every batted ball, but the underlying data has been kept secret and will never exist for the first century of modern major league baseball history.

Now, in Wizardry, comes the long-awaited breakthrough, Defensive Runs (or Regression) Analysis (DRA), created by Michael A. Humphreys. Drawing on entirely public information available to any fan, and using clear concrete examples, Humphreys demonstrates how to apply classic statistical methods to estimate runs saved by fielders going back to 1893. Humphreys tests his results against other fielding measures, including published ratings based on proprietary batted ball location data, and explains their respective strengths and limitations. More than that, Humphreys introduces the first method for adjusting historical player ratings to take into account the expansion of baseball's talent pool due to population growth, integration, and international recruitment. From shortstop to left fielder, he presents and defends his list of the greatest fielders of all time with anecdote-rich essays. And he caps off this book with extensive on-line appendices, including downloadable files of single-season DRA ratings for every fielder since 1893.

Sabermetrics changed baseball and introduced a generation of young people to the art of statistical inference. Now a seasoned analyst makes the case for the biggest changes in historical player valuations in decades, while opening up new approaches for further exploration.

Synopsis:

By 1964 the storied St. Louis Cardinals had gone seventeen years without so much as a pennant. Things began to turn around in 1953, when August A. Busch Jr. bought the team and famously asked where all the black players were. Under the leadership of men like Bing Devine and Johnny Keane, the Cardinals began signing talented players regardless of color, and slowly their star started to rise again.

Drama and Pride in the Gateway City commemorates the team that Bing Devine built, the 1964 team that prevailed in one of the tightest three-way pennant races of all time and then went on to win the World Series, beating the New York Yankees in the full seven games. All the men come alive in these pagesand#8212;pitchers Ray Sadecki and Bob Gibson, players Lou Brock, Curt Flood, and Bobby Shantz, manager Johnny Keane, his coaches, the Cardinalsand#8217; broadcasters, and Bill White, who would one day run the entire National Leagueand#8212;along with the dramatic events that made the 1964 Cardinals such a memorable club in a memorable year.

Synopsis:

One of the most influential and controversial team owners in professional sports history, Walter Oand#8217;Malley (1903and#8211;79) is best rememberedand#8212;and still reviled by manyand#8212;for moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Yet much of the Oand#8217;Malley story leading up to the Dodgersand#8217; move is unknown or created from myth, and there is substantially more to the man. When he entered the public eye, the self-constructed family background and early life he presented was gilded. Later his personal story was distorted by some New York sportswriters, who hated him for moving the Dodgers.and#160;and#160;

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In Mover and Shaker Andy McCue presents for the first time an objective, complete, and nuanced account of Oand#8217;Malleyand#8217;s life. He also departs from the overly sentimentalized accounts of Oand#8217;Malley as either villain or angel and reveals him first and foremost as a rational, hardheaded businessman, who was a major force in baseball for three decades and whose management and marketing practices radically changed the shape of the game.

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About the Author

Michael A. Humphreys advises on tax aspects of international capital markets transactions at Ernst and Young LLP.

Table of Contents

Preface

Part One: Motivations and Methods

1. The Big Picture

2. One Way to Measure Fielding

3. Measuring the Many Measures of Fielding

4. Summing Up Fielding Careers in One Number . . . and Attaching Asterisks Thereto

5. Putting Top Players from Different Eras on 'Equal' Footing

Part Two: The Greatest Fielders of All-Time

6. Shortstop

7. Second Base

8. Center Field

9. Third Base

10. Right Field

11. Left Field

12. First Base

13. Catcher

Part Three: Fielding in the Context of Pitching, Hitting and Base Running

14. (A Select Few of) Baseball's All-Time Greatest Pitchers

15. Incorporating Fielding Ratings into Overall Player Ratings

16. Conclusion

Appendices

A. Defensive Regression Analysis ("DRA")

B. Notes on the history of fielding analysis

C. Chart of alternative fielding systems

D. Career DRA ratings for all fielders with 3,000 innings or estimated innings at one position

E. Single-season DRA ratings for all fielders since 1893 (Available book's website)

F. Certain data used to develop DRA (Available book's website)

Endnotes

Glossary

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195397765
Author:
Humphreys, Michael A.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Michael
Author:
Stahl, John Harry
Author:
Cengel, Katya
Author:
Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)
Author:
Wood, Gerald C.
Author:
Nowlin, Bill
Author:
Humphreys, Michael
Author:
McCue, Andy
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Baseball - Statistics
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Travel/Sports
Subject:
Recreation | Sports | Team Sports
Subject:
Travel, Sports, & Recreation | Sports | Team Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
Sports
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Memorable Teams in Baseball History
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 photographs
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , By 1964 the storied St. Louis Cardinals had gone seventeen years without so much as a pennant. Things began to turn around in 1953, when August A. Busch Jr. bought the team and famously asked where all the black players were. Under the leadership of men like Bing Devine and Johnny Keane, the Cardinals began signing talented players regardless of color, and slowly their star started to rise again.

Drama and Pride in the Gateway City commemorates the team that Bing Devine built, the 1964 team that prevailed in one of the tightest three-way pennant races of all time and then went on to win the World Series, beating the New York Yankees in the full seven games. All the men come alive in these pagesand#8212;pitchers Ray Sadecki and Bob Gibson, players Lou Brock, Curt Flood, and Bobby Shantz, manager Johnny Keane, his coaches, the Cardinalsand#8217; broadcasters, and Bill White, who would one day run the entire National Leagueand#8212;along with the dramatic events that made the 1964 Cardinals such a memorable club in a memorable year.

"Synopsis" by ,
One of the most influential and controversial team owners in professional sports history, Walter Oand#8217;Malley (1903and#8211;79) is best rememberedand#8212;and still reviled by manyand#8212;for moving the Dodgers from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Yet much of the Oand#8217;Malley story leading up to the Dodgersand#8217; move is unknown or created from myth, and there is substantially more to the man. When he entered the public eye, the self-constructed family background and early life he presented was gilded. Later his personal story was distorted by some New York sportswriters, who hated him for moving the Dodgers.and#160;and#160;

and#160;
In Mover and Shaker Andy McCue presents for the first time an objective, complete, and nuanced account of Oand#8217;Malleyand#8217;s life. He also departs from the overly sentimentalized accounts of Oand#8217;Malley as either villain or angel and reveals him first and foremost as a rational, hardheaded businessman, who was a major force in baseball for three decades and whose management and marketing practices radically changed the shape of the game.

and#160;
and#160;

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