Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve

Inside the Baseball Revolution

Book - 2016 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
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The MLB Network commentator draws on stories from baseball's present and past to reveal the important role of analytical thinking in today's game, examining why baseball leaders have compromised teams by favoring traditional rather than logical strategies.

Baker
& Taylor

MLB Network host and commentator Brian Kenny uses stories from baseball's present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic, even when directly contradicted by evidence.
The outspoken MLB Network commentator draws on stories from baseball's present and past to reveal the important role of analytical thinking in today's game, examining why baseball leaders have compromised teams by favoring traditional rather than logical strategies.

Simon and Schuster
“A delight for baseball lovers” (Kirkus Reviews) and “one of the most significant baseball books of the year” (Bob Costas) Ahead of the Curve uses stories from baseball’s present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic.

Forget batting average. Kill the “Win.” Say goodbye to starting pitchers. And please, please stop bunting. MLB Network anchor and commentator Brian Kenny provides “an excellent, entertaining read for the all-around baseball fan” (Library Journal) and shows how baseball has been revolutionized—not destroyed—by analytical thinking.

Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach “tradition” and “respecting the game.” But many of baseball’s traditions go back to the nineteenth century, when the pitcher’s job was to provide the batter with a ball he could hit and fielders played without gloves. Instead of fearing change, Brian Kenny wants fans to think critically, reject outmoded groupthink, and embrace the changes that have come with the sabermetric era. In his entertaining and enlightening book, Kenny discusses why the pitching win-loss record, the Triple Crown, fielding errors, and so-called battling titles should be ignored. He also points out how fossilized sportswriters have been electing the wrong MVP’s and ignoring legitimate candidates for the Hall of Fame; why managers are hired based on their looks; and how the most important position in baseball may just be “Director of Decision Sciences.”

“Prepare to have your brain and your assumptions challenged. Guided by data and a deep love of the game, Brian Kenny takes a cutting-edge look at where baseball is and where it is going” (Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated). Illustrated with unique anecdotes from those who have reshaped the game, Ahead of the Curve is “a great story about the game in the age of information and technology” (Billy Beane).

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2016
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501106330
1501106333
Branch Call Number: 796.357 KENNY
Characteristics: viii, 353 pages ; 24 cm

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Jul 10, 2016

I really enjoyed this book, although I may also be the target demographic. I am already a sabermetric convert, and I'm not totally sure it would convert someone who thinks otherwise, especially with the somewhat confrontational tone from time to time. Extremely well researched, and it did make me wonder about different parts of the game, and question what I knew and understood about baseball. Lots of interesting ideas - Kenny is definitely not afraid to poke the baseball establishment. Enjoyable read, I would recommend to baseball enthusiasts!

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