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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

423

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b><b><br /></b>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /><br />
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

March 17, 2004

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<p><strong>"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." 鈥?lt;em>Forbes</em></strong></p><br /><em>Moneyball</em> is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge鈥攊nsights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
Ten Innings at Wrigley: The Wildest Ballgame Ever, with Baseball ...
by Kevin Cook

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English

Pages

253

Publication Date

May 07, 2019

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<p><b>The dramatic story of a legendary 1979 slugfest between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies, full of runs, hits, and subplots, at the tipping point of a new era in baseball history</b><br /><b></b><br /><b></b>It was a Thursday at Chicago鈥檚 Wrigley Field, mostly sunny with the wind blowing out. Nobody expected an afternoon game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs on May 17, 1979, to be much more than a lazy early-season contest matching two teams heading in opposite directions鈥攖he first-place Phillies and the Cubs, those lovable losers鈥攗ntil they combined for thirteen runs in the first inning. 鈥淭he craziest game ever,鈥?one player called it. 鈥淎nd then the second inning started.鈥?lt;/p><p><i>Ten Innings at Wrigley</i> is Kevin Cook鈥檚 vivid account of a game that could only have happened at this ballpark, in this era, with this colorful cast of heroes and heels: Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Bruce Sutter, surly slugger Dave Kingman, hustler Pete Rose, unlucky Bill Buckner, scarred Vietnam vet Garry Maddox, troubled relief pitcher Donnie Moore, clubhouse jester Tug McGraw, and two managers pulling out what was left of their hair. </p><p>It was the highest-scoring ballgame in a century, and much more than that. Bringing to life the run-up and aftermath of a contest <i>The New York Times</i> called 鈥渢he wildest in modern history,鈥?Cook reveals the human stories behind the game鈥攁nd how money, muscles and modern statistics were about to change baseball forever.</p>
Curveball: How I Discovered True Fulfillment After Chasing Fortun...
by Barry Zito

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English

Pages

265

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<p>In 2007, pitcher Barry Zito signed a seven-year, $126 million contract with the San Francisco Giants. At that time, it was the largest contract ever given to a pitcher. He was at the top of his game, in peak physical condition, and had the kind of financial security most people can only dream of.</p><p>He was also miserable. And it began to show. Zito鈥檚 career declined over the next few years until he hit rock bottom鈥攚atching from the bench as his team won the World Series in 2010.聽</p><p>In the months that followed, Zito came face-to-face with the destructiveness of his own ego鈥攈is need to be viewed as the best. He also came face-to-face with God and with the truth that he was loved no matter what he achieved.</p><p>In聽<em>Curveball</em>, Zito shares his story with honesty and transparency. The ups and the downs. The wins and losses. By sharing his experiences as a man who had everything except happiness, Zito offers readers a path through adversity and toward a life defined by true success.</p>
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
by Ben Reiter

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English

Pages

261

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /><br />When <i>Sports Illustrated</i> declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article鈥檚 author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn鈥檛 even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter鈥檚 claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?<br /><br /><i>Astroball</i> is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to win鈥攁nd not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts鈥?critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had value鈥攂ut so did the gut.<br /><br />The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, Jos茅 Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltr謾n and Justin聽Verlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.<br /><br />Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation鈥攁nd written with years of access to the team鈥檚 stars and executives鈥?lt;i>Astroball</i> is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
The Glory of Their Times: The Story of the Early Days of Baseball...
by Lawrence S. Ritter

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

July 02, 2013

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<p>Baseball was different in earlier days鈥攖ougher, rawer, more intimate鈥攚hen giants like Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb ran the bases. In the monumental classic <em>The Glory of Their Times</em>, the golden era of our national pastime comes alive through the vibrant words of those who played and lived the game.</p>
The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data...
by , Travis Sawchik

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>Move over, <i>Moneyball </i>-- </b><b>a cutting-edge look at major league baseball's next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.</b> <br /> As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in <i>The MVP Machine</i>, the Moneyball era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics' groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league's smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.<br /><br />Lindbergh and Sawchik's behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:<ul><li>How the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series</li><li>How undersized afterthoughts Jos茅 Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs</li><li>How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender</li><li>How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques</li><li>How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch</li></ul>Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball's best minds have turned to out-<i>developing</i> opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. <i>The MVP Machine</i> charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential.
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics Book 1)
by Jim Bouton

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English

Pages

571

Publication Date

March 20, 2012

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<b>A completely updated edition of 鈥渢he book that changed baseball鈥?(NPR.org), chosen by <i>Time</i> magazine as one of the 鈥?00 Greatest Non-Fiction鈥?books.</b><br /> 聽<br /> When <i>Ball Four</i> was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold, and a 鈥渟ocial leper鈥?for having violated the 鈥渟anctity of the clubhouse.鈥?Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn鈥檛 true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn鈥檛 read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.<br /> 聽<br /> Almost everyone else, however, loved <i>Ball Four</i>. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people鈥攐ften wildly funny people. David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in <i>Harper鈥檚</i> that said of Bouton: 鈥淗e has written聽.聽.聽. a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> Today <i>Ball Four</i> has taken on another role鈥攁s a time capsule of life in the sixties. 鈥淚t is not just a diary of Bouton鈥檚 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros,鈥?says sportswriter Jim Caple. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a 鈥榯ell all book鈥?is like describing <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i> as a book about harvesting peaches in California.鈥?lt;br /> 聽<br /> This ebook version of <i>Ball Four</i> includes the first edition, the 1980, 1990, and 2000 updates, and 138 photos.<br /> 聽<br /> 鈥淎n irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball鈥檚 hierarchy and changed the way journalists and fans viewed the sports world.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Washington Post</i>
The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable C...
by Jeff Passan

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

April 05, 2016

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<p>Yahoo鈥檚 lead baseball columnist offers an in-depth look at the most valuable commodity in sports鈥攖he pitching arm鈥攁nd how its vulnerability to injury is hurting players and the game, from Little League to the majors.</p><p>Every year, Major League Baseball spends more than $1.5 billion on pitchers鈥攆ive times more than the salary of every NFL quarterback combined. Pitchers are the game鈥檚 lifeblood. Their import is exceeded only by their fragility. One tiny band of tissue in the elbow, the ulnar collateral ligament, is snapping at unprecedented rates, leaving current big league players vulnerable and the coming generation of baseball-playing children dreading the three scariest words in the sport: Tommy John surgery.</p><p>Jeff Passan traveled the world for three years to explore in-depth the past, present, and future of the arm, and how its evolution left baseball struggling to wrangle its Tommy John surgery epidemic. He examined what compelled the Chicago Cubs to spend $155 million on one arm. He snagged a rare interview with Sandy Koufax, whose career was cut short by injury at thirty, and visited Japan to understand how another baseball-mad country treats its prized arms. And he followed two major league pitchers, Daniel Hudson and Todd Coffey, throughout their returns from Tommy John surgery. He exposes how the baseball establishment long ignored the rise in arm injuries and reveals how misplaced incentives across the sport stifle potential changes.</p><p>Injuries to the UCL start as early as Little League. Without a drastic cultural shift, baseball will continue to lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually to damaged pitchers, and another generation of children will suffer the same problems that vex current players. Informative and hard-hitting, <em>The Arm</em> is essential reading for everyone who loves the game, wants to keep their children healthy, or relishes a look into how a large, complex institution can fail so spectacularly.</p>
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

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English

Pages

398

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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<b>How anyone can become a data ninja</b><br /><br /> From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In <i>The Model Thinker</i>, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models--from linear regression to random walks and far beyond--that can turn anyone into a genius. At the core of the book is Page's "many-model paradigm," which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. <i>The Model Thinker </i>provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.<br /><br />

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