Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Reviews of Beyond Batting Average

My book Beyond Batting Average is starting to get some publicity. It was reviewed by a couple more respected writers in the past week. Last week, Justin Inaz at (Beyond The BoxScore) discussed it in a column of sabermetric resources. He liked it enough to mention that he might use it in teaching his college sabermetrics course.

Yesterday, Paul Wezner at TigsTown reviewed it. He started out by discussing the divide between traditionalists and sabers. He then said that my book would help reach out to fans who are new to sabermetrics and trying to get a handle on it:
Beyond Batting Average is the first book I’ve read that works to reach out to those fans and explain not only the way the statistics are calculated, but the value behind them.
I've had a good number of people tell me they haven't bought the book yet but plan to purchase soon so here is a reminder of the options:

Paperback book ($14.00 + shipping)

Electronic Version ($7.00 no shipping)

You can get a 10% discount by typing "IDES" where they ask you for the coupon code.

Here is what people are saying about the book:

Tom Tango (The Book Blog)

If you are a non-mathy guy, but want to understand sabermetrics better, then a huge thumbs up for this book. If you are pretty much comfortable with sabermetrics, but still not there yet (you haven’t run any of your own studies), then a regular thumbs up.

Paul Wezner (TigsTown)

Beyond Batting Average gets the TigsTown stamp of approval, and a recommended read for all of you baseball fans out there yearning to learn more about sabermetrics, no matter your skill level.

Justin Inaz (Beyond The BoxScore):

Lee Panas published a terrific sabermetric primer. It's extremely current, with great scope, and will be an awesome resource for those interested in learning more about sabermetrics--especially player valuation statistics. I'm linking to Tango's review of it, but you can find the book on Lulu. If I do my baseball class again next year, I'll probably assign Lee's book.

Bert at MotownSports:

I got your book today and it's fabulous. Your clear and patient style, your ability to put yourself in the shoes of the average fan to take them further, and your systematic approach are just what I was looking for.

David Berri at Wages of Wins Journal:

if you are interested in learning more about the wonderful world of baseball statistics, I highly recommend this book.

U.S. Patriot at Walk Like A Sabermerician:

Lee's straightforward approach and knowledge will make it a good resource for those who are just getting into sabermetrics.

Jon at Camden Depot Blog:

I rarely review a book, but this is one that I think merited that. It is a solid addition to anyone's library. The introductory baseball statistics reader who wants to learn more and be able to start engaging in conversations about metrics would find this most useful.

Kurt at Bless You Boys:

With his book, Lee gives the reader a step-by-step guide through how stats were developed and how to best apply them.

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