NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on […]
Feats or famine. Either there is never a question about baseball on the popular game show, or you have this situation. That day after Mark Blankenship got his baseball movie answer correct we witnessed this in the Double Jeopardy round: In the category “Honest ‘ABE’”(the answer contained those three letters; covered words: “a research society.”) […]
Since I posted the first of these on a Thursday, which is known on social media as a time of reflection, I thought to make it a regular thing under this rubric. These are kind of fun; it’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get. (Actually, I never understood […]
Sorry, couldn’t come up with an appropriate theme. Last week I linked to the first week in Tom Hoffarth’s annual 30-books-in-30-days feature. Catching up: Day 8: Bats, Balls, and Hollywood Stars: Hollywood’s Love Affair with Baseball, by Joe Siegman Day 9: A Game of Their Own: Voices of Contemporary Women in Baseball,by Jennifer Ring Day […]
If you can remember the old Saturday Night Live skit — a take-off on 60 Minutes‘ “Point/Counterpoint” segment between conservative James J. Kilptarick and Shana Shana Alexander representing the liberal POV — you might be old enough to get where Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan is coming from when he asks “Do baseball fans […]
I’m getting ready for this. It will be interesting to see how complex/simple the on-line course is. Too simple can turn off those who already have a good background in the game and its myriad statistical components. Too difficult, and you turn off everyone. See you in class.
This it the time of year when the baseball media offer their considered opinions on their favorite prospects. Sometimes they’re spot on, other times, not so much. So I thought, why not apply this to the upcoming “rookie crop” of baseball books? That is, titles that are making their debuts in 2014 — no reprints/reissues […]
Bill King of Baseball Reflections posted this piece about some new ideas coming out of the SABR Analytics Conference in Mesa, AZ, March 15-17. John Thorn, MLB’s official historian, will also be there. In 1985, Thorn, along with Pete Palmer, published one of the earlier books on the game’s new generation of metrics in The […]
Before he began working with an actual publisher, James used to type out The Baseball Analyst on a bi-monthly basis and make copies as needed for distribution. How times have changed. Like SABR’s annual publications, The National Pastime and Baseball Research Journal, the Analysts were contributor-driven. The first issue contains articles such as “Ballpark Effects […]
The “body” in this case being the 2010 season. Nevertheless, The Hardball Times is already letting us know their 2011 annual is in preparation. Among the items for discussion: Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions and the folks at Sportvision are both going to talk about their latest data collection efforts. Ben will discuss the […]
Interesting mini-doc with a couple of gentlemen opining about the use of sabrmetrics in constructing and strategizing (sp?) professional baseball.
It’s not a baseball book, but it got enough attention from Phil Birnbaum to link it to sabrmetrics, so here it is.
from the very stats-oriented blog, Walk Like a Sabermetrician. It would seem that the reviewer did not like this one too much, resorting to key phrases such as “the downside is…”, “the problem is…”, etc. Sounds like heresy, coming from a blog named like this one. Now I’m not a hardcore stats guy, and maybe […]