The mind of Bill James : how a complete outsider changed baseball /

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Author / Creator:Gray, Scott.
Edition:1st ed.
Imprint:New York : Doubleday, ©2006.
Description:xix, 229 pages ; 24 cm
Subject:James, Bill, -- 1949-
James, Bill, -- 1949-
Sportswriters -- United States -- Biography.
Baseball -- United States -- History.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Summary:Bill James has been called "baseball's shrewdest analyst" (Slate) and "part of baseball legend" (The New Yorker), and his Baseball Abstract has been acclaimed as the "holy book of baseball" (Chicago Tribune). Thirty years ago, James introduced a new approach to evaluating players and strategies, and now his theories have become indispensable tools for agents, statistics analysts, maverick general managers, and anyone who is serious about understanding the game. This book tells the story of how a gifted outsider inspired a new understanding of baseball. It delves deeply into James's essential wisdom--including his surprising beliefs about pitch counts and the importance of batting-order, thoughts on professionalism and psychology, and why teams tend to develop the characteristics that are least favored by their home parks. It also brings together his best writing, much of it long out of print, as well as insights from new interviews.--From publisher description.
Other form:Online version: Gray, Scott. Mind of Bill James. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, ©2006
Standard no.:9780385514644 (hardcover) 52395
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • 1. Who's Bill James?
  • 2. Sweet Home Mayetta
  • 3. Jayhawk Bill
  • 4. Drafted Last
  • 5. The Wizard of Sabermetrics
  • 6. Monkey Wrench
  • 7. National Abstract
  • 8. The Exploding Sabermetric Inevitable
  • 9. Critical Visions
  • 10. What It Was Really About
  • 11. After the Abstract
  • 12. Baseball Evolving
  • 13. Inner Workings
  • 14. Moving the Curve
  • Appendix. A Selection of Essential Ideas
  • Thanks!