By Brian Kenny
Forget batting common. Kill the “Win.” Say so long to beginning pitchers. And please, please cease bunting. MLB community anchor and commentator Brian Kenny offers “an first-class, enjoyable learn for the all-around baseball fan” (Library Journal) and indicates how baseball has been revolutionized—not destroyed—by analytical thinking.
Most those that face up to logical inspiration in baseball pontificate “tradition” and “respecting the game.” yet lots of baseball’s traditions return to the 19th century, whilst the pitcher’s activity was once to supply the batter with a ball he may perhaps hit and fielders performed with no gloves. rather than fearing switch, Brian Kenny wishes fanatics to imagine significantly, reject outdated groupthink, and embody the alterations that experience include the sabermetric period. In his interesting and enlightening booklet, Kenny discusses why the pitching win-loss checklist, the Triple Crown, fielding error, and so-called combating titles will be missed. He additionally issues out how fossilized sportswriters were electing the inaccurate MVP’s and ignoring valid applicants for the corridor of repute; why managers are employed in line with their appears to be like; and the way crucial place in baseball could be “Director of selection Sciences.”
“Prepare to have your mind and your assumptions challenged. Guided by way of info and a deep love of the sport, Brian Kenny takes a state-of-the-art examine the place baseball is and the place it's going” (Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated). Illustrated with specified anecdotes from those that have reshaped the sport, Ahead of the Curve is “a nice tale concerning the online game within the age of data and know-how” (Billy Beane).
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Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution by Brian Kenny