About Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game
In Smart Baseball, ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law proves why some of the most trusted baseball stats are surprisingly wrong. He explains what numbers actually work and explores what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.
For decades, batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. But in the past fifteen years or so, a new breed of statistic has arisen that can paint a more accurate picture of player performance. This book dives into the world of sabermetrics—the mathematical analysis of baseball—to explore which stats really matter, how they can be used effectively, and what they mean for the future of