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The Bill James Gold Mine 2008

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  90 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Starting in the 1970s, a night watchman wfrom Kansas forever changed the way that many people view baseball analysis and ultimately the game itself. Now Bill James is doing it again with The Bill James Gold Mine??????a groundbreaking collection of original essays, statistical profiles, and hidden "nuggets" of information worth their weight in gold. Always known for his pie ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published February 15th 2008 by ACTA Publications (first published February 15th 2007)
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Steven Peterson
I enjoy reading the array of Bill James books that come out. "Gold Mine" is one of those annual works that brings a smile to my face. I do wish that there were more statistics per team, but the quirky little essays that are scattered throughout the book provide value added material for the reader.

The first quirky essay is "The 96 families of hitters," in which James creates families of hitters, based on similar statistics (the ratio of doubles to triples to homers). He analyzes all major league
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James
While there are other Sabremetricians writing other good baseball books (most notably Rob Neyer, John Thorn and Pete Palmer), I still find Bill James's writing the most compelling. Perhaps it's because he's done it the longest. But I think it's because he chooses the best subjects to write about. As he explains in one of his essays, the job of the sabremetrician is to use tools to break down a subjective question (say, is Juan Pierre better than Ichiro Suzuki) into smaller objective pieces (say, ...more
David
Reread this when I ran out of library books during 3-day (or was it 30? maybe that was subjective time) power outage. Not as great as the old annual baseball abstracts he did, but a nice sampler of James' funny writing and distinctive voice as he reports baseball research. A little heavy-handed on the ads for his subscription-based website, but if you can ignore that, a fun read for those who like baseball, data, and clear thinking about the interrelation of the two.
Spiros
May 14, 2010 Spiros rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: stat-heads who appreciate good writing
Shelves: beisbol, new
I believe that only Bill James would begin an article: "This started out as something entirely different, and I'm not going to tell you what it was because it didn't work and it wasn't important."
What we have here is a slimmed down version of his usual yearly Abstract, with much more cursory team sections, supplemented by in-depth articles on subjects which seem to have fired Mr. James interest.
Great fun.
Michael
I love everything that James has ever written. I would devour a dissertation about Stanley Jefferson's 1989 season with glee if only James would take the time to tackle the topic.

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Lee (Rocky)
Not as great as the old Abstracts but still several great essays and the usual insight and analysis. Bill James can do no wrong by me.
Jack
Not just for stat-heads; as with all of James' best work, the essays, frequently hilarious, always insightful, are the best part.
Ray Charbonneau
OK. Lots of fun facts, and a few good essays, but not anywhere near as much fun as the old Abstracts.
Michael
Basically a big advertisement for this website.
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George William “Bill” James (born October 5, 1949, in Holton, Kansas) is a baseball writer, historian, and statistician whose work has been widely influential. Since 1977, James has written more than two dozen books devoted to baseball history and statistics. His approach, which he termed sabermetrics in reference to the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), scientifically analyzes and st ...more
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