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Solid Fool's Gold

Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom
Bill James
207 pages

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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" players
  • The predictability of RB
  • A better way to organize the minor league
  • 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 the Hall of Fame

But 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 Transportation Security Administration.

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