Does New Book Get Baseball Right?

There's a new book that's been doing pretty well: Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won. Written by Tobias J. Moskowitz and L. Jon Wertheim, it's been marketed as a sports version of Freakanomics.

After the jump, some concluding thoughts from a review by Phil Birnbaum, a top sabermetrician and one of the people most qualified to evaluate the baseball-related material in the book ...

I’m of two minds about the book. On the one hand, the field of sabermetrics really needs a book like this, one that explains how sports researchers think and how they know what they know. On the other hand, I don’t like how the authors treat some of their results as conclusive, when they’re really works in progressespecially their home field advantage hypothesis, where the data are suggestive at best and contradictory at worst.

I link, you decide.

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