The shift : the next evolution in baseball thinking / Russell A. Carleton.

Author
Carleton, Russell A. [Browse]
Format
Book
Language
English
Published/​Created
  • Chicago, Illinois : Triumph Books, [2018]
  • ©2018
Description
xli, 323 pages ; 22 cm

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  • "With its three-hour-long contests, 162-game seasons, and countless measurable variables, baseball is a sport which lends itself to self-reflection and obsessive analysis. It's a thinking game. It's also a shifting game. Nowhere is this more evident than in the statistical revolution which has swept through the pastime in recent years, bringing metrics like WAR, OPS, and BABIP into front offices and living rooms alike. So what's on the horizon for a game that is constantly evolving? Positioned at the crossroads of sabermetrics and cognitive science, The Shift alters the trajectory of both traditional and analytics-based baseball thought. With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience in major league front offices, Baseball Prospectus' Russell Carleton illuminates advanced statistics and challenges cultural assumptions, demonstrating along the way that data and logic need not be at odds with the human elements of baseball--in fact, they're inextricably intertwined. Covering topics ranging from infield shifts to paradigm shifts, Carleton writes with verve, honesty, and an engaging style, inviting all those who love the game to examine it deeply and maybe a little differently. Data becomes digestible; intangibles are rendered not only accessible, but quantifiable. Casual fans and statheads alike will not want to miss this compelling meditation on what makes baseball tick"-- Provided by publisher.
  • "Positioned at the crossroads of sabermetrics and cognitive science are questions that will alter the trajectory of both traditional and analytics-based baseball thinking. With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience in major league front offices, Baseball Prospectus' Russell Carleton illuminates advanced statistics and challenges cultural assumptions, demonstrating along the way that data and logic need not be at odds with the human element of baseball--in fact, they're inextricably intertwined"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents
Introduction: rule 1 -- The most dangerous thing in the world -- How to score half a run -- Why does it feel so icky? -- The-perfect-team -- Why didn't David Ortiz just bunt? -- This isn't a babysitter's club -- Nitrogen and the forgotten fourth starter -- Putting the down the calculator -- Did you say "guessing"? -- Except that it's not actually true ... -- Dénouement.
ISBN
  • 9781629375441 ((paperback))
  • 1629375446 ((paperback))
LCCN
2017049824
OCLC
1021055940
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