More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus
Basic Books (AZ), Hardcover, 9780465024032, 464pp.
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
In 1996, a brassy young team of fans produced a guide to baseball statistics. Printed on a photocopier, its distribution, which was in the low hundreds, was limited to friends, family, and die-hard stat heads. Sixteen years later, the Baseball Prospectus annual regularly hits best-seller lists and has become an indispensable guide for the serious fan.
In Extra Innings, the team at Baseball Prospectus integrates statistics, interviews, and analysis to deliver twenty arguments about today's game. In the tradition of their seminal book, Baseball Between the Numbers, they take on everything from steroids to the amateur draft. They probe the impact of managers on the game. They explain the critical art of building a bullpen. In an era when statistics matter more than ever, Extra Innings is an essential volume for every baseball fan.
Washington Post Book World
“Go to a certain kind of bar, and chances are you will be told that everything you know about baseball is wrong. But, the wise guys at Baseball Prospectus will make you believe it—and enjoy discovering why.”
New York Daily News
“One book that will surely fuel the vicious barroom arguments that make the national pastime so much fun is Baseball Between the Numbers by the stat-heads at Baseball Prospectus, a book that brings a meat cleaver to some of the game’s most sacred cows.”
“Baseball Prospectus takes an inspired approach to the game, blending science and math to bust myths.”
“A provocative book that looks at the game in ways not previously imagined. . . . These are the people making a huge impacton progressive front offices throughout the game.”
Wall Street Journal
“For fans in the moderate-to-diehard category, the queries asked and answered within these pages make for surprisingly absorbing, even suspenseful, reading.”
“These are people who love baseball; their purpose is not to destroy our enjoyment of it but to provide better understanding. And if you’re impatient, you won’t have to wait long—it’s in an introductory chapter—for the group’s answer to the burning question: Who’s the better player, Barry Bonds or Babe Ruth? We won’t give it away; you’ll have to beg, borrow, buy or steal the book. It’s worth it.”
Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
“Time and again while reading this book I was dazzled by the intense depth to which these researchers are willing to go. . . . The depth of their knowledge is not merely formidable or impressive. It is downright frightening.”
New York Times
“Freakonomics for statheads. . . . The Baseball Prospectus team can make just about anything interesting.”
“If you’re a sports iconoclast, one of those folks who believes that the conventional wisdom is usually wrong, a firm believer in the cult of “Moneyball,” then this book should be next on your list. The stathead big brains at Baseball Prospectus tackle the articles of baseball dogma and dismantle them one by one. Does a batting order really matter? Is there such a thing as a clutch hitter? The title is misleading—most of what you know about baseball is, in fact, still right. But the authors use numbers and cold hard logic to dispute myths you never would’ve even thought to challenge. It’s a must-read for anybody who grew up memorizing statistics on the backs of baseball cards.”