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# A Mathematician at the Ballpark: Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans

by
Ken Ross

In A Mathematician at the Ballpark, professor Ken Ross reveals the math behind the stats. This lively and accessible book shows baseball fans how to harness the power of made predictions and better understand the game. Using real-world examples from historical and modern-day teams, Ross shows: Why on-base and slugging percentages are more important than batting averages Ho
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ebook, 224 pages

Published
February 27th 2007
by Plume Books
(first published July 21st 2004)

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Jun 14, 2008
Valerie
rated it
it was amazing
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
Forest, Joey, Lura

Shelves:
autographed

This book was, of course, perfect, just look at the title.

In chapter one, Ross uses batting averages, slugging percentage, on base percentage and on base plus slugging ...more

Feb 04, 2009
Spiros
rated it
did not like it
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
insomniacs and/or degenerate gamblers

I absolutely love Baseball stats. I wallow in ERA, WHIP, SLG, OBP, OPS, SLOB, range factors, power/ speed numbers, all of the SABR minutiae. ESPN's BASEBALL ENCYCLOPEDIA is next to my bed right now. When an opposing batter comes to the plate the first thing I do, now that OBP and SLG are posted on the scoreboard, is figure his walks:strikeout ratio. ALL that being said, this book was sheer gobbledy-guck. Mainly, as far as I could make out amidst all of the probabilistic fog, this book appears to
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I say "in part" because baseball is only the subject of these math lessons about 75% of the time. The author also digresses into roulette, the lottery game ...more

Feb 10, 2013
Bob Byrne
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it was amazing
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review of another edition

Recommends it for:
mathematics minded sports fans

I teach high school mathematics. I'm always looking for ways to unpack concepts in a way that adolescents will understand.

Dr. Ross does an excellent job of explaining statistics and probability in terms any baseball fan or sports-minded teen can understand. His examples are clear and lead the reader to understanding with minimal effort on the readers part.

Read this book with a pencil and sheet of paper at your side.

Dr. Ross does an excellent job of explaining statistics and probability in terms any baseball fan or sports-minded teen can understand. His examples are clear and lead the reader to understanding with minimal effort on the readers part.

Read this book with a pencil and sheet of paper at your side.

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