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The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

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English

Pages

398

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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<div><b>How anyone can become a data ninja</b><br /><br /> From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In <i>The Model Thinker</i>, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models--from linear regression to random walks and far beyond--that can turn anyone into a genius. At the core of the book is Page's "many-model paradigm," which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. <i>The Model Thinker </i>provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.<br /><br /></div>
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

423

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<div><b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /></div><div><br /></div>
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created
by Jane Leavy

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English

Pages

656

Publication Date

October 16, 2018

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<p><strong>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • </strong><strong>From Jane Leavy, the award-winning, <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>The Last Boy</em> and <em>Sandy Koufax</em>, comes the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed "the model for modern celebrity."</strong><strong></strong></p><p><strong>A </strong><em><strong>Publishers Weekly</strong></em><strong> Best Book of 2018</strong><strong></strong></p><p><strong>“Leavy’s newest masterpiece…. A major work of American history by an author with a flair for mesmerizing story-telling.” </strong><strong>—<em>Forbes</em></strong><em></em></p><p><p>He lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. There was no frame he couldn’t or wouldn’t fill. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, Brownie cameras, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen." Aided by his crucial partnership with Christy Walsh—business manager, spin doctor, damage control wizard, and surrogate father, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom.</p><p>His was a life of journeys and itineraries—from uncouth to couth, spartan to spendthrift, abandoned to abandon; from Baltimore to Boston to New York, and back to Boston at the end of his career for a finale with the only team that would have him. There were road trips and hunting trips; grand tours of foreign capitals and post-season promotional tours, not to mention those 714 trips around the bases.</p><p>After hitting his 60th home run in September 1927—a total that would not be exceeded until 1961, when Roger Maris did it with the aid of the extended modern season—he embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig. Walsh called the tour a "Symphony of Swat." The <em>Omaha World Herald</em> called it "the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent." In <em>The Big Fella</em>, acclaimed biographer Jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times. </p><p>Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.</p><p></p>
The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2019 (Fantasy Black Book 13)
by , Eric Cross

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English

Pages

348

Publication Date

January 03, 2019

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Are you ready to #TakeTheBlack? <br />The 12-time #1 best-selling author, Joe Pisapia is back in black once again for 2019! <br /><br />Fantasy sports analyst Joe Pisapia, creator of the revolutionary player evaluation tool Relative Position Value (RPV), has assembled another all-star cast for this season; including pitching expert Paul Sporer from Rotographs handling SP profiles, reigning Tout Wars champions Jake Ciely from The Athletic, and Tim Heaney from RotoWire, prospect expert Eric Cross, Fantrax’s Nathan Dokken. and The Athletic’s Chris Meaney for DFS. The best of the best are here!<br />Joe is an award winning radio and podcast host, as well as a member of the expert Tout Wars Fantasy Baseball League. He currently hosts “The Fantasy Black Book Podcast” and “All In Sports” on Patreon. <br />“Joe’s concept of Relative Position Value works for any fantasy format with any number of teams…With the Black Book, they get the full instruction manual.” --Steve Gardner, Senior Fantasy Editor for USA Today Sports, Tout Wars<br />“If you’re serious about winning your league -- whether it’s taking down a National Championship for a six-figure payday or your local home league -- there are a few sources you need to pay for and one of them is The Fantasy Baseball Black Book. If you don’t read it, just know somebody else in your league probably has.” – Rob Silver, 2016 NFBC Main Event Champion<br /><br />“Reading Joe's work is sort of like being in on a great fantasy baseball secret…You'll go into the Black Book experience touting ADP, and leave it embracing RPV.” --Nando DiFino, The Athletic Fantasy Sports<br />“… RPV takes that one step further and provides a simple but powerful framework for adapting positional adjustments to any league format or depth. I’ll be reading the Black Book in detail leading up to my drafts this year, and hope my opponents haven’t heard about it yet.”-- Cory Schwartz, VP of Stats for MLB.com<br /><br />The NEW and expanded 2019 Fantasy Black Book features include: <br />*Over 500+ Player Profiles with complete RPV breakdowns<br />*100 Prospect Profiles<br />*2019 Draft Strategies for ALL formats including snake, auction and dynasty <br />* Black Book philosophies on roster management, making trades, being the “commish” and much more… <br /><br />Whether you're new to fantasy baseball or a grizzled veteran looking for a leg up on the competition, the Fantasy Black Book is the definitive guide. <br /><br />
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

March 17, 2004

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<p><strong>"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —<em>Forbes</em></strong></p><br /><em>Moneyball</em> is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
by Ben Reiter

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English

Pages

261

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />When <i>Sports Illustrated</i> declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article’s author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn’t even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter’s claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?<br /><br /><i>Astroball</i> is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win—and not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts’ critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had value—but so did the gut.<br /><br />The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, José Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrán and Justin Verlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.<br /><br />Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation—and written with years of access to the team’s stars and executives—<i>Astroball</i> is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game
by Rob Neyer

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 09, 2018

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<p>The former ESPN columnist and analytics pioneer dramatically recreates an action-packed 2017 game between the Oakland A’s and eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros to reveal the myriad ways in which Major League Baseball has changed over the last few decades.</p><p>On September 8, 2017, the Oakland A’s faced off against the Houston Astros in a game that would signal the passing of the <em>Moneyball</em> mantle. Though this was only one regular season game, the match-up of these two teams demonstrated how Major League Baseball has changed since the early days of Athletics general manager Billy Beane and the publication of Michael Lewis’ classic book.</p><p>Over the past twenty years, power and analytics have taken over the game, driving carefully calibrated teams like the Astros to victory. Seemingly every pitcher now throws mid-90s heat and studiously compares their mechanics against the ideal. Every batter in the lineup can crack homers and knows their launch angles. Teams are relying on unorthodox strategies, including using power-losing—purposely tanking a few seasons to get the best players in the draft.</p><p>As he chronicles each inning and the unfolding drama as these two teams continually trade the lead—culminating in a 9-8 Oakland victory in the bottom of the ninth—Neyer considers the players and managers, the front office machinations, the role of sabermetrics, and the current thinking about what it takes to build a great team, to answer the most pressing questions fans have about the sport today.</p>
The Bill James Handbook 2019
by , Baseball Info solutions

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English

Pages

600

Publication Date

November 02, 2018

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Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions team of analysts continue to pack in new content, including a fresh look at the continues rise and effectiveness of The Shift and a new breakdown of home runs and long flyouts. And, as always, the book forecasts fresh hitter and pitcher projections for those looking to get an early jump on the next season.</
Ron Shandler's 2019 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanaly...
by , Ron Shandler

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English

Pages

274

Publication Date

January 15, 2019

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The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, Ron Shandler's 2019 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact—reverse engineering those skills back into batting average. The result is an unparalleled forecast of baseball abilities and trends for the upcoming season and beyond.
2019 NFHS Baseball Rules Book
by NFHS

Language

English

Pages

165

Publication Date

November 06, 2018

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Contains the official rules for baseball and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.

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