Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach "tradition" and "respecting the game". But many of baseball's traditions go back to the 19th century, when the pitcher's job was to provide the batter with a ball he could hit and fielders played without gloves. Instead of fearing change, Brian Kenny wants fans to think critically, reject outmoded groupthink, and embrace the changes that have come with the "sabermetric era". In his entertaining and enlightening book, Kenny discusses why the pitching win-loss record, the Triple Crown, fielding errors, and so-called battling titles should be ignored.
Kenny also points out how fossilized sportswriters have been electing the wrong MVPs and ignoring legitimate candidates for the Hall of Fame; why managers are hired based on their looks; and how the most important position in baseball may just be "director of decision sciences".
Ahead of the Curve debunks the old way of analyzing baseball and ushers in a new era of straightforward logic. Illustrated with unique anecdotes from those who have reshaped the game, it's a must-listen for fans, players, managers, and fantasy enthusiasts.
©2016 Brian Kenny (P)2016 Tantor
I have grown up in the age of saber metrics but this book allowed me to understand it in a more comprehensive way. The narrating is done by Brian Kenny and he does an amazing job at it. The book has long chapters that don't just give a form of thinking, but gives many facts and statistics to back it up. The book doesn't tell you that saber metrics is the only way to look at things, it's just that it is a new way which allows teams to have a competitive advantage over ones hat don't. Great book.
I've been an audible subscriber for well over 10 years and this is the first review I've decided to submit. Brian Kenny in his book Ahead of the Curve really shows us how backwards thinking baseball can be. It is wonderful to hear someone think outside the box, and show and prove that the game can change. I know it can take a long time, but it is possible. I love the fact that Brian read the book himself. Although I am sure there are better readers out there, his enthusiasm and excitement for the game and his process shines through the entire book. Highly recommended!
Kenny was wise to narrate it himself. Engaging enthusiasm throughout.
Most of topics are familiar ground for baseball geeks. Yet, Kenny covered them in a way that was stimulating for those that already have been "baptized" as well as inviting for the serious fans who are skeptics.
I really like the last chapters that focused on organizational development -- the challenge of thoroughly integrating big data into strategic management in the front office and managerial tactics in the dugout. I am awed by the courage of the Astros to stay the course!
Broad historical sweep of the sabermetrics revolution
Putting Bill James and other path-breaking sabremetricians in Hall of Fame is long overdue.
Audible has been important to me since 2008.
This was an excellent book which makes tons of sense. If I were to coach again I would implement many of the principles . I wish some MLB manager would have the guts to do the pitching plan in 2017, I know it work work well but nobody has the guts to be so different ! I am available to manage any team! I would!
This is the first audio book that I have listened to and I enjoyed it immensely. The authors commentary is enjoyable and adds to the information that is presented. I guess that I've always been more of a traditionalist and his in depth analysis of advanced statistics was enlightening. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the game and learning how information that is now readily available can be used and implemented in today's game. Bravo Mr Kenny, bravo.
If you are a hard-core baseball fan and a fan of the new age of sabermetrics you will love this book! Easily one of my favorite if not my favorite baseball book I've ever read.
I have been watching and following and playing baseball for my 40+ years. I consider myself a A true baseball person. This book absolutely changed the way I look at the game, but in a good way. I have always heard of these supposedly new alternate alternative hippie Nuwave baseball statistics etc. I never resisted them but I just never could fully understand them or appreciate them. I even tried to read Bill James in the past but I just wasn't ready for it. This book is the perfect explanation an argument for this new wave of baseball thinking. Much better even than Moneyball could explain. I absolutely love this book. I absolutely loved the way it was performed as well. The author reading his own book made it even more exciting because you could tell how important this is to him. I would highly recommend this book to anybody who really loves baseball.
Brian makes all his points and numbers fun and easy to digest. The questions he asks and suggestions he makes keep me up at night (in the best way possible).
His research, accompanied by interviews, exposed me to story's and stats I never heard and questions I would have never thought to ask.
This is a must read for all fans of baseball.
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