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Ahead of the Curve Audiobook

Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution

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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

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    Brian 10-26-16
    Brian 10-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Groundbreaking"

    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.

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    Bradley Hailey, ID, United States 07-27-16
    Bradley Hailey, ID, United States 07-27-16 Member Since 2004
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    "Wonderful detail on baseballs past and future"

    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!

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    BabeTruth 09-22-17
    BabeTruth 09-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant. A must listen for all baseball fans"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Kenny makes compelling arguments about why Sabremetrics, i.e. the analysis of data, can reveal scientific truths about true performance in baseball. That sounds boring, but Brian Kenny brings data to life by analyzing in lay terms why Dimaggio and Williams were out of this world great, AND many more examples. So entertaining. I got the kindle too, and now I'll be able to understand the new data of baseball. Thank you Brian Kenny.


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    Dr. Ron 08-19-17
    Dr. Ron 08-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding"

    Brian Kenny does a great job explaining the role of advanced analytics in our beloved game of baseball. Very interesting, entertaining and informative.

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    Anonymous 08-06-17
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    "In-depth baseball, narrated wonderfully!"

    This was an incredible read. BK's knowledge of sabers and history is astounding. I would recommend to any MLB fan or coach looking to further baseball knowledge. I certainly enjoyed it. BK narrates it wonderfully as well. It's like you're watching an informative 12 hour MLB Network segment.

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    IvoryOso 06-05-17
    IvoryOso 06-05-17
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    "Very well done, my favorite audiobook thus far"
    If you could sum up Ahead of the Curve in three words, what would they be?

    Brian Kenny Unleashed...


    What does Brian Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Brian does a fantastic job with the book itself, but I absolutely loved hearing him tell the stories and share the experiences that he does in the book. Finally someone that tells it in a way that makes it impossible to not understand.


    Any additional comments?

    An absolute must read, for anyone who loves baseball and/or wants to better understand the new metrics and analytics that are transforming the game today.

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    Jon Byrd 05-12-17
    Jon Byrd 05-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great book!!! "

    Very entertaining and fun to listen to. Absolutely love listening to this over and over.

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    William Elliott 04-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Great job on the book. Common sense plus analytics just gets it done in the read.

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    mike 04-06-17
    mike 04-06-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Sabermetric Nirvana"
    Would you listen to Ahead of the Curve again? Why?

    Kenny loves baseball, which makes him my friend. He was also a fairly early adopter of Jamesian analytics. He's been fighting the baseball Luddites for a long time and, lately, he's been winning. This is a fascinating book. Kenny filters baseball mythology through a Sabermetric filter and tells us what happened and why. If you're familiar with Moneyball you know what's coming. He does tend to end every sentence as if it were punctuated with an exclamation point. For the first hour I thought he was yelling at me. His Enthusiasm Adjusted Vocal Level (eAVL) is around a weighted 4.7, which is assertive bordering on aggressive. You get used to it after a while. Kenny loves his subject and you will too. If you're new to Sabermetrics you'll be watching the game entirely differently after this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ahead of the Curve?

    The chapter on Williams/DiMaggio.


    What does Brian Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Expertise and a love of the game.


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    JMKIII58 Clarksville, TN, United States 03-19-17
    JMKIII58 Clarksville, TN, United States 03-19-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The leader of the Analytics revolution"

    Writes an compelling history of baseball and its slow movement to analyse for everything that happens on the field. Mr. Kenny was one of the first to embrace this unique and different way of thinking about the American past time. A must read for those who love baseball.

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