With the holidays approaching, I wanted to remind people about my book Beyond Batting Average. I'm pleasantly surprised that the hard copy version of the book has been selling pretty well over the past year without much promotion. Google and Amazon have definitely helped and I think the MoneyBall movie helped. I'm not sure whether the MVP debate helped or hurt.
Not as many people know about the less expensive e-book that can be
purchased on Lulu.com. You can now purchase the e-book version of Beyond Batting Average for $4.00 on Lulu. The hard copy version costs $14.00 (also available at Amazon).
Beyond Batting Average was published in 2010 and I believe it is
the most up-to-date and comprehensive sabermetrics primer available. It
is accessible to fans who are trying to learn sabermetrics and would
like a more organized and broader presentation of the subject than
you'll typically find on the internet. The fact that Tom Tango uses it as part of his introductory sabermetrics course should tell you that it's still very relevant. My book serves as a good introduction
to more advanced books such as The Book by Tango, Mitchell Lichtman and Andrew Dolphin.
Some of my favorite reviews of Beyond Batting Average are listed below:
Dan Dickerson (Detroit Tigers broadcaster)
I really love Beyond Batting Average - it makes the cut for the
"suitcase" library that I take with me on the road...definitely a handy
James Bailey Baseball America's Top Ten Books of 2010
For fans who want to learn more about new sabermetric statistics,
Lee Panas' "Beyond Batting Average" is a great resource that can
easily be followed by any student of the game...
What the book does particularly well is explain complicated concepts in simple terms. .
Neil Paine (Baseball-Reference)
I have no doubt that you'll find it easy to keep up with the stats
that Panas presents. I was also impressed with how comprehensively
Panas covered each topic; on several occasions, he delved into metrics
that even I would not have thought to include in the discussion.
Simply put, after reading this, you will be able to converse about
sabermetrics with pretty much anybody and hold your own.
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
David Gassko (The Hardball Times)
There has not really been a comprehensive resource that explains all
the sabermetric statistics you need to know in one simple package.
Well, at least there wasn’t until Lee Panas published Beyond Batting
Dan Szymborski (Baseball Think Factory)
Panas hits all the basic issues quite well and seems to be very
up-to-date on what measures are generally used by the statnoscenti of
the internet, which is extremely helpful to people who want to jump in
with both feet. The author is also very good at telling the reader where
these stats can be found and has focused on stats that are readily
accessible to the public.
Steve Slowinski (DRays Bay)
Lee's writing is clear and concise,
but also quite engaging for a topic that can sometimes get quite nerdy
and dull. If you're looking to learn more about sabermetrics and want a
book to start you off on the right foot, this is a great book to look
into. And even if you already know a good deal about sabermetrics, it's a
really handy reference tool. I consider myself well versed in baseball
statistics, but I learned a decent bit from the book and I'm sure that
I'll be referring to it whenever I have questions over the course of
the season. Thanks Lee, this is a keeper.
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.
Toirtap (Walk Like A Sabermerician)
Lee's straightforward approach and knowledge will make it a good resource for those who are just getting into sabermetrics.
Kurt Mensching (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.