Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Post by King Ya » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 04:21:48


Has anyone read this book?  Are there any reviews on it?
Is it worthwhile to pay the $25+ price for it?
 
 
 

Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Post by Paul Wyli » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 05:12:45

Quote:

> Has anyone read this book?  Are there any reviews on it?
> Is it worthwhile to pay the $25+ price for it?

It's getting 4.5 stars from customers on Amazon (where it's selling for
about $20 + shipping), but at least one reviewer says there are so many
typos, he stopped counting after 20.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0387988165/qid=1017778194/sr=8...

No, I'm not affiliated with Amazon, but do I often look there to see what
people are saying about a book before I buy it someplace else.

--Paul
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Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Post by Gerry Myerso » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 08:20:17


Quote:

> Has anyone read this book?  Are there any reviews on it?
> Is it worthwhile to pay the $25+ price for it?

I read it & enjoyed it. If you're new to sabermetrics & not scared
of mathematics you'll learn quite a lot from the book. If you're
well-read in sabermetrics you'll still see a few things that are
new to you, and you'll admire the presentation, but it won't change
your life the way the early Bill James Abstracts did.



 
 
 

Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Post by David J. Grabin » Thu, 04 Apr 2002 11:01:02

Quote:

> Has anyone read this book?  Are there any reviews on it?
> Is it worthwhile to pay the $25+ price for it?

I consulted on the book.

It works well as an introduction to statistics for baseball fans,
showing how statistical methods are used, with examples from baseball
such as a demonstration that there is an ability to hit better against
left-handed pitching.  There is also a good background on the theory
behind table-top games.  

 
 
 

Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Post by Mischa Gelma » Sat, 06 Apr 2002 11:00:39

Quote:

> It's getting 4.5 stars from customers on Amazon (where it's selling for
> about $20 + shipping), but at least one reviewer says there are so many
> typos, he stopped counting after 20.

Why has this been such a big problem with recent baseball books? The new Bill James Historical Abstract had
at least 5-10 typos and John Holway's Negro League history had at least 30 (heck, it seemed like one every
other page sometimes). I haven't noticed similar problems with political books, fantasy novels, environmental
books, religion books, biographies, economic books or mysteries - rarely do I find more than one typo in a
book from any of these classifications. Why are baseball books so poorly edited relative to everything else?

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Curve Ball by Jim Albert / Jay Bennett : Review Wanted

Post by JAS Cart » Sat, 06 Apr 2002 23:39:05

On Thu, 04 Apr 2002 21:00:39 -0500, in rec.sport.baseball Mischa

Quote:


>> It's getting 4.5 stars from customers on Amazon (where it's selling for
>> about $20 + shipping), but at least one reviewer says there are so many
>> typos, he stopped counting after 20.

>Why has this been such a big problem with recent baseball books? The new Bill James Historical Abstract had
>at least 5-10 typos and John Holway's Negro League history had at least 30 (heck, it seemed like one every
>other page sometimes). I haven't noticed similar problems with political books, fantasy novels, environmental
>books, religion books, biographies, economic books or mysteries - rarely do I find more than one typo in a
>book from any of these classifications. Why are baseball books so poorly edited relative to everything else?

Because people will buy them anyway would be my guess.

I read a (bad) mystery by JD Robb with at least ten typos/errors.  Did
you know the plural of "baby" is "baby's"?

*sigh*

Julie Carter

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