This book is finally out. I got mine today and just finished it. It was written by various folks at Baseball Prospectus and the credits thank Theo Epstein and Nelson De La Rosa among others. I recommend it very highly to the folks who are serious enough fans to be frequenting this site.
It reviews in two week or so, sometimes a month at a time, chunks of the 2004 season with explanations of how the Red Sox sabremetric approach to the game was being manifested on the field and why it was smart.
Will you agree with everything in it? Not likely. But it'll certainly make you think even if it's just to form a more solid reason for disagreeing with what it says. I'll post some short excerpts later.
If Moneyball was sabremetrics 101 or perhaps just a seminar, this book is sabremetrics 201
There's a very interesting chapter that begins on page 125 that talks about why teams tend to play over or under their pythagorean expected records. And a really cool list of all brawls from the 20's on that they could find info about. (One chapter was about the 7/24/04 brawl not being really the point at which the Sox caught fire)
Oh, and SoSH is in the book! Okay, it's only a Bill James quote and you'd only know that it was from SoSH if you check footnote 13 of chapter 15. But SoSH is in the book!!! What a glorious (or is it pathetic) feeling of importance!
Edited by Rough Carrigan, 05 October 2005 - 11:31 PM.