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Author Schell, Michael J., 1957- author.

Title Baseball's all-time best sluggers : adjusted batting performance from strikeouts to home runs / Michael J. Schell
Published Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [2005]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 392 pages) : illustrations
Contents 1. Fair ball! : why adjustments are needed -- 2. Manager's game plan : method for identifying the best batters -- 3. New ball! : historical changes in offensive events -- 4. Calling it a career : examining player aging -- 5. Talent search : measuring the spread in player performance -- 6. Home park advantage : a closer look at park effects -- 7. Swing, batter! : adjusting batting average -- 8. Hit ... and run : adjusting double and triple totals -- 9. This one's outta here! : adjusting home run totals -- 10. Changing the score : adjusting run and RBI totals -- 11. The count : adjusting walk and strikeout totals -- 12. Stealing the show : adjusting stolen base totals
Summary "Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers is an examination of the game of baseball using the most sophisticated statistical tools available. The book provides an in-depth evaluation of every major offensive event in baseball history, and identifies the players with the 100 best seasons and most productive careers. For the first time ever, ballpark effects across baseball history are presented for doubles, triples, right- and left-handed home-run hitting, and strikeouts. The book culminates with a ranking of the game's best all-around batters."
"Using a brisk conversational style, Michael Schell brings to the plate the two most important credentials essential to producing a book of this kind: an encyclopedic knowledge of baseball and a professional background in statistics. Building on the traditions of renowned baseball historians Pete Palmer and Bill James, he has analyzed the most important factors impacting the sport, including the relative difficulty of hitting in different ballparks, the length of hitters' careers, the talent pool from which players are drawn, player aging, and changes in the game that have raised or lowered major league batting averages."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed May 11, 2016)
Subject Batting (Baseball) -- Statistics
Baseball players -- Rating of -- United States
Baseball players -- United States -- Statistics
GAMES -- Gambling -- Sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Baseball -- General.
Baseball players
Baseball players -- Rating of
Batting (Baseball)
United States
Genre/Form Statistics
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2004059994
ISBN 9781400881352