The Numbers Game (Alan Schwarz)

[The Numbers Game]I finished another book this morning, The Numbers Game by Alan Schwartz. It’s the story of the evolution of baseball statistics from when runs and outs were the only stats recorded to the present where OPS isn’t accurate enough to rate players. He does a pretty good job of focusing on the people involved instead of only the statistics (there are enough places to go for that), and the most interesting part is that even from the beginning, people wanted better ways to analyze hitters than just batting average and better ways to analyze fielders than errors. The description of the modern stat companies dragged a bit since there are so many groups doing similar things and money is involved now. Anyway, a good read for the Moneyball crowd.

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