The Beauty of Short Hops: How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball

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Sabermetrics, the search for objective knowledge about baseball through statistical analysis, has taken over the national pastime. The authors argue that this approach began as a useful corrective but has come to harm baseball. The book demonstrates that the so-called moneyball approach, based on sabermetrics, offers only limited guidance for assembling a team, managing games, and evaluating player performance. Equally important, the obsession with statistics and vision of the game as wholly predictable obscure baseball's spectacular improvisational quality. It is the game's unquantifiable and relentless capacity to surprise--the source of wonder so central to its greatest stories and personalities--that informs any real appreciation of baseball.

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About the Author:

Sheldon Hirsch's dreams of the major leagues died after a mediocre season as a high school junior. He is a nephrologist living outside of Chicago, and has published extensively in medical journals. Alan Hirsch, a visiting professor at Williams College, is the author of numerous books and articles. His articles on sports and other subjects have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, and Newsday, among many other publications. He also contributes a regular sports column to Frumforum. Co-author Alan Hirsch recently sat down for two interviews on his new book, the much-discussed Beauty of Short Hops.

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"Engagingly written...highly recommended." --Library Journal

"A thoughtful, spunky counterpoint of a book, sure to be panned by true believers." --Spitball

"Thankfully, the Hirsch brothers provide the first sensible rebuttal to the Moneyball approach. After summarizing Moneyball in the opening chapter, the authors...pick apart Michael Lewis's arguments with relish. The authors compare a base-running gaffe in a Mets-Nationals game to the famous 1960 world series, [describe] a game delayed 52 minutes because of a swarm of bees, baseballs hidden in Wrigley Field's famous ivy, and many other anecdotes which remind us why we love baseball and its unpredictable nature." --FrumForum

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