Monday, February 02, 2009

I just finished reading a marvelous book, Moneyball. It is about baseball and statistics, but not the usual content.

This is about Billy Beane, the manager of the Oakland A's, who does well with a payroll a fraction of the other teams.

Odd things I learned:

A good hitter should have one walk for every ten at bats.\

On base percentage is the only statistic that counts for hitters.

The only things that count when judging pitchers are walks, strikeouts, and home runs.

The book shows an entirely new way to look at baseball.

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