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Baseball Dynasties: The Greatest Teams of All Time

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  148 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
It's a debate nearly as old as the sport itself. Sure, there have been plenty of great baseball teams--but which was the best ever? While it seems like an unwinnable argument, the authors of Baseball Dynasties have risen to the challenge. They took the top fifteen teams of the twentieth century, ran them through rigorous statistical analysis, and threw in some good old-fas ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 17th 2000 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 1st 1993)
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Oct 22, 2007 Rick rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Neyer and Epstein attempt, what many before have tried, to uncover the greatest baseball team of all time. Previous baseball scholars usually concentrated on one season while these authors chose to take a three year range of each team in the book (hence the title). Importantly they developed a system to measure teams of different eras. As many serious fans know, the style of play from early in this century is vastly different from today’s game.

Before I get further into my review, I must caution.
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This is one of my favorite “find something to flip through for lunch” books. I’ve always like Rob Neyer’s approach to sabermetrics and baseball. Great topic, and there are a lot of fun sidebars to support the main approach to each dynasty team. I also like the fact that Neyer and Epstein took the time to compare their strongest dynasties against each other.

I’m not so big on the Standard Deviation method as the best way to determine whether one team is better than another, but it’s a very clear
Apr 24, 2010 Matt rated it it was ok
This book is great if you are baseball history fan or a statistician. If you are not one of those two things then this book is probably not for you. I love baseball and I love the "greatest x" books but this was not something I could read.
Greg Fanoe
Feb 28, 2012 Greg Fanoe rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference, baseball
Fits into that very blah middle ground of being interesting on neither a technical nor a narrative level, since the methodology is very simplistic and the quality of writing is just so-so. Still, it's fun to randomly flip through.
Feb 19, 2011 Tom rated it it was amazing
Great book, especially for baseball and stats geeks like myself. Wish there were fewer Yankees teams included and some Pirates teams had been added to mix. Regardless, would strongly recommend to any fan of baseball history
Jan 09, 2008 James rated it liked it
Baseball history buffs rejoice. This book is replete with stats and anecdotes and commentary and all sorts of whatnot about the greatest teams the majors ever produced.
Mar 18, 2011 Mokieblylk rated it really liked it
Very interesting, recommended for baseball fans of course. Can be a little hard to understand the way they figure stats.
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