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The Baseball Economist

2007 February 16
by Skip Sauer

J.C. Bradbury’s new book is reviewed in the Science Journal column of today’s WSJ (free article) . Sharon Begley writes:

With pitchers and catchers reporting to the grapefruit and cactus leagues this week, it’s time for baseball fans to dust off the equipment they, too, need for the 2007 season. I am referring, of course, to calculators, statistics, economics and multiple regression analysis, which calculates how much one factor (such as market size) contributes to some outcome (team wins).

In the hands of Prof. Bradbury, of Kennesaw State University, Georgia, these techniques lead to counterintuitive results sure to spark a bar fight or two. His coming book “The Baseball Economist: The Real Game Exposed,” takes aim at all sorts of baseball lore to separate fact from myth.

I’ve read the draft of J.C.’s book and it is superb. It is scheduled to ship in March, and you can pre-order here. In the meantime, read Sharon’s excellent column, and visit J.C.’s blog, Sabernomics.

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