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by Bill James

ISBN: 0879464593
ISBN13: 978-0879464592
Language: English
Publisher: ACTA Publications (March 15, 2011)
Pages: 224
Category: Baseball
Subategory: Sport

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Bill James made his reputation challenging the conventional wisdom behind Major League Baseball through his statistical analyses of the sport and its players, sabremetrics.

Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Bill James made his reputation challenging the conventional wisdom behind Major League Baseball through his statistical analyses of the sport and its players, sabremetrics. That approach yielded a low-cost, mostly successful franchise in Oakland; the film "Moneyball": and, if you believe the film, a World Series win for the Boston Red Sox. "Solid Fool's Goal" is a collection of James' lesser known and unpublished studies and writings, many on baseball but just as many on things like creativity.

Solid Fool's Gold book. Iconoclastic analyst Bill James has written a new book that documents his latest thinking on everything from the quality, clutch ability, and streakiness of starting pitchers to a comprehensive listing of the worst teams in baseball history to his surprising views on the Transit Safety Administration, the demise of tipping, and the injustice of red-light cameras.

Iconoclastic analyst Bill James has written a new book that documents his latest thinking on everything from the quality, clutch ability, and streakiness of starting pitchers to a comprehensive listing of the worst teams in baseball history to his surprising views on the Transit Safety Administration, the demise of tipping, and the injustice of red-light cameras.

In Solid Fool s Gold James continues his lifelong work with new analyses . Fools Rush Inn: More Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom.

In Solid Fool s Gold James continues his lifelong work with new analyses of. . A Harpur & Iles Mystery. We hope you enjoy our book; we have tried to find articles that are fun to read and stimulating to think about, and we have tried not to waste your time with stuff that is only useful to you if you are wondering whether you should draft Kevin Kouzmanoff in the fifth round or wait to the sixth. We hope you like the book, and if you do we will publish some additional collections a little bit like it, but if you don’t and the Cubs meet the Red Sox in the World Series, we will consider it a good year anyway.

This book is not just a recitation of baseball history (although a lot of.

This book is not just a recitation of baseball history (although a lot of baseball history is included). Rather it is a narrative of a relationship between a fan and a game a relationship that has evolved through the years. In Solid Fool s Gold James continues his lifelong work with new analyses of: Hot pitchers, clutch pitching, and "late career" players The predictability of RBI A better way to organize the minor leagues The 33 best starting rotations and the worst teams of all time The best pitching matchups of the 1980s (and 2010) How the "Expansion Time Bomb" will affect.

Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom. Since he first began publishing his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, Bill James has constantly challenged conventional wisdom by asking simple questions like, "Is that really true?" or "What if we looked at the question this way?" He has sparked a virtual revolution in the way the game of baseball is understood and played, from how players are evaluated or positioned to whether or not they should attempt to bunt or steal a base.

The Bill James Gold Mine (2008–2010) was a collection of new essays and never-before-seen statistics, as well as.

The Bill James Gold Mine (2008–2010) was a collection of new essays and never-before-seen statistics, as well as profiles of players and teams. Playing off the name of the earlier series, Solid Fool's Gold: Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom (2011) was a mixed collection of both baseball-related and miscellaneous pieces, culled from the Bill James Online archives (see below). In 2008, James launched Bill James Online.

Along the way, James takes several detours to discuss his views on classical music, fiction versus non-fiction, keeping will animals in captivity, conservatives and liberals, and several other things that interest or offend him. Published 2011 by ACTA Sports in Chicago, Ill. Miscellanea, Wit and humor, Baseball, Anecdotes. Predicting RBI. And in a related story. Random vs. responsive performance by starting pitchers.

This style includes a series of gleeful tangents that creates a lighthearted counterbalance to the potentially imposing raw data at the heart of each piece.

Since he first began publishing his Baseball Abstracts in the 1980s, Bill James has constantly challenged conventional wisdom by asking simple questions like, "Is that really true?" or "What if we looked at the question this way?" He has sparked a virtual revolution in the way the game of baseball is understood and played, from how players are evaluated or positioned to whether or not they should attempt to bunt or steal a base. In Solid Fool s Gold James continues his lifelong work with new analyses of:Hot pitchers, clutch pitching, and "late career" playersThe predictability of RBIA better way to organize the minor leaguesThe 33 best starting rotations and the worst teams of all timeThe best pitching matchups of the 1980s (and 2010)How the "Expansion Time Bomb" will affect the Hall of FameBut it is not just baseball that draws James inquisitive eye. He discusses the growing expectation for tips and decreasing effectiveness of advertising; his new method for measuring rainfall; the counterproductive use of physical stop lights and red-light cameras; and the statistical inefficiencies of the federal Transportion Security Administration.James wonders how Buck O Neil would have related to his ancestor s cousin (Supreme Court Justice James Clark McReynolds), proposes whimsical rules for Olympic NASCAR Racing, and poeticizes about Ricky Weeks and WikiLeaks. He compares the chances of a particular-size town producing a Justin Verlander or a William Shakespeare, imagines Roger Maris apologizing in heaven for having beaten Babe Ruth s single-season home run record, and explains how to "battle expertise with the power of ignorance." As a bonus, he includes one of his seminal articles from The Bill James Baseball Abstract 1983 titled "The Law of Competitive Advantage" and looks at how it has held up over the intervening years.
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Cktiell
It is tempting to write "If you like Bill James, you'll like this" and leave it at that, but that would be misleading and, well, kind of cheap.

Most readers will likely come at this from their interest in, and / or love of baseball. Much of this will satisfy them, assuming they like Bill James. However, there is a good deal here that isn't concerned with baseball in the least.

Now, most of us who love baseball and are interested in it also have other things on our minds from time to time and several chunks of this book address other things on James' mind. Your use for those essays will depend upon how wedded you are to an ostensible baseball book being ONLY about baseball topics. It may also depend upon what you think of James as a casual essayist.

All of these essays have appeared previously on James' website, which I do not subscribe to. Thus I had not read them before, save a big section of "Shakespeare and Verlander," which was run on Slate a few weeks ago. This one is actually a nice bridge piece, using these two rather disparate individuals to look at how societies work to foster some talents while short-changing others. It is a witty and thoughtful essay that won't do a thing for making your fantasy team better, but will give you a thing or two to think about, should you choose to do so.

And so on. I like James' conversational writing style, both on and off the field, as it were, and I was happy to digress into topics like the insidiousness of traffic light cameras, airport security and the power of ignorance as a force for knowledge. I also like James' analysis of the minor leagues, the future of the Hall of Fame viewed in light of expansion, and the best pitchers' duels of the 1980's. I am just fine with James going off on tangents - James has always gone off on tangents and, often, the tangents are worth the price of admission. Thus is this. It's no Historical Baseball Abstract, but it isn't even remotely trying to be. It is a fun,informative read, perfect for jumping into and out of, and if you like Bill James, you will probably like this.

Ballardana
I've been reading Bill James' material since "The Baseball Abstract" of the early '80s, and I still peruse my old copies every winter when I'm missing the baseball season. I bought this book simply because it was by Bill James, and I don't want to miss anything he does, even if this includes a lot of reprints of stuff he's done online.

It's a disappointment for the high bar set by Bill James, though it's still entertaining. It's pretty much all reprints of material he had published elsewhere (with some updates), and so you lose some of the charm of reading his revelations and musings for the first time.

The pieces about starting pitchers, losing teams, and the impact of baseball's expansionary era on the Hall of Fame are vintage James research -- microscopically detailed looks at data over decades. But you also feel a bit of "what's the point?" in the pitchers' analysis, and there are some logical flaws in the HoF piece. And there are typos throughout the book, which is a surprise for something that you wouldn't think had to be produced on a tight timetable.

Anyway, it's a decent addition to a baseball library, but it's not a "must have" book.

Thorgaginn
Bill James made his reputation challenging the conventional wisdom behind Major League Baseball through his statistical analyses of the sport and its players, sabremetrics. That approach yielded a low-cost, mostly successful franchise in Oakland; the film "Moneyball": and, if you believe the film, a World Series win for the Boston Red Sox. "Solid Fool's Goal" is a collection of James' lesser known and unpublished studies and writings, many on baseball but just as many on things like creativity.

"Talent, like stupidity, is all around us," James writes. Taken to heart, his observations could influence child-rearing and education just as he has baseball.

Sardleem
Odd book from Bill James, baseball guru and sabermetrician. This book? He says that (Page 8): "Some of these articles could be considered serious baseball research, . . .Some of them are not."

The very first essay is on an approach to predicting RBIs (runs batted in) from other batting data. Voila! A simple formula that appears to predict well. Torii Hunter's actual RBI total=90; his predicted total=90! Alex Rodriguez drove in more than expected; Ichiro less than expected. Fun reading, trying to make sense of baseball statistics.

Another section addresses what the best starting rotations of all time are from 1 through 33. Number 1? 1903 Giants: Joe McGinnity, Christy Mathewson, Luther Taylor, and Hooks Wiltse. Number 33? 2002 Atlanta Braves: Greg Maddux, Kevin Millwood, Tom Glavine, and Damian Moss.

And now for something completely different. James' ruminations on a cousin--Supreme Court Justice James McReynolds--racist and anti-Semite (he would not shake hands with Louis Brandeis, for example). Interesting reflections, including how old Negro League legend Buck O'Neil might interact with Justice McReynolds.

A lot of fun, but not much focus. I guess that when you've made the big time, you are allowed some openness for an idiosyncratic book!

Tygolar
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