Book Review: ‘The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball’ by Benjamin Baumer & Andrew Zimbalist

*Written in 2014.

Baseball is the most awesomest sport in the world. If you disagree, you probably put ketchup on a well-done steak.

In an effort to better understand the sport that I love and because I am a nerd for statistics and math, I have been reading a lot on sabermetrics.

Most of my research and reading has come from online sources but I decided to get a book on the subject. What I was expecting was a book describing how exactly it works. What I really wanted was “Sabermetrics For Dummies“, if that even exists, but what I got was something else. That something else was something pleasantly surprising.

The Sabermetric Revolution talks about the history of sabermetrics and how it has been used. It also spends a good amount, debunking some of the misrepresented facts in the hit book and hit film Moneyball.

Additionally, it does discuss sabermetric stats and what they mean. It doesn’t necessarily teach people how to properly do sabermetrics themselves but it thoroughly explains the purpose, pros and cons of each type of stat sabermetricians have come up with.

My only real complaint was that this book was short at 135 pages. I feel like they could’ve delved into things a bit more in certain sections. I feel like I walked away with a wealth of knowledge on the subject but maybe more formulas and a how-to section would’ve bulked this book up a bit more and enhanced the experience.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: Baseball Between the Numbers by The Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts, The SABR Baseball List & Record Book by The Society for American Baseball Research

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