My baseball career abruptly ended in 2000 when I was cut by the Calvin College baseball team. I was a freshman and they only took one freshman that year and it was a pitcher; I was not really surprised because my heart wasn’t really in baseball anymore and I really wanted my spring breaks free to
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Anyways, my in-laws stopped by to visit us this past weekend in St. Joseph and we decided to take a stroll along downtown. We ended up going into a small book store and my eye caught Moneyball, a book written by Michael Lewis. Before this, the movie was suggested to me that it was a great look into the quantitative statistics behind baseball. So because I am one to prefer a book to a movie any day, my wife bought it for me.
On of the most interesting points brought up in this book was on base percentage. As a pretty lousy hitter I was always focused on batting percentage – but never walks, hits, etc. As a hitter it was my goal to hit a homerun or hit the ball as far as I could…I ended up striking out a lot. This book has forever changed the way i view statistics in any sport and I will always look at a players on base percentages with much more attention.
For those of you who like read – I would highly recommend the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis. I can loan you my copy or you can get it used for pretty cheap.
He has written a few more great books – see below