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Evaluating Baseball's Managers

A History and Analysis of Performance in the Major Leagues, 1876-2008

By Chris Jaffe

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Format: Paperback / softback, 333 pages
Other Information: charts, tables, notes, bibliography, glossary, index
Published In: United States, 15 January 2010
This ambitious study of major league managers through the entire history of baseball since the formation of the National League applies a sabermetric approach to gauging the performance and tendencies of such men as Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tommy Lasorda and scores of others. Rather than focusing solely on in-game tactical decisions, it also analyzes broader, off-the-field management issues such as handling players, fans, and media, enforcing team rules, working with the front office, and balancing pressure versus performance to develop a fuller appraisal of each manager's effectiveness and stature among his peers.

About the Author

Chris Jaffe is a history instructor and a regular columnist for the The Hardball Times.

Reviews

"One of the best baseball books I've read in a long time, a serious effort by a good writer with a love of history and stats and a fascinating subject that hasn't been studied much"--Big League Stew blog; "The most important sabermetric work of the past decade"--Scott Lemieux of Lawyers, Guns and Money blog; "Way back in the 20th century, Bill James wrote the first essential book about baseball managers. Chris Jaffe has just written the second."--Rob Neyer, ESPN.com; "These days it's tough to find an important aspect of baseball that hasn't been studied and analyzed a hundred different ways, but Chris Jaffe has done just that with a unique, compelling look at the men who run thing on the field. This book is for you, whether you like hardcore numbers crunching and objective analysis or biographical sketches and interesting anecdotes."--Aaron Gleeman, writer, NBCsports.com; "I can think of no work on managers that as effectively and completely evaluates the men in the dugout. It is a leap forward in our understanding of these hardball leaders.... From now on, whenever I have a question about a manager, Jaffe's book will be the first and last one I reach for."--Sean Forman, founder of Baseball-Reference.com; "Evaluating Baseball's Managers is a wonderful work of analytical and historical research, and an incredibly worthy addition to any library dedicated to the understanding of professional baseball."--Craig Wright, author of The Diamond Appraised; "By approaching the book with a healthy appreciation of the limits of the cold-blooded calculus favored by many sabermetricians, Jaffe does the most complete job yet of measuring the immeasurable qualities of baseball's all-time skippers."--Russell Adams, reporter for the Wall Street Journal; "Evaluating Baseball's Managers will be an indispensable part of the book collection of every serious student of the game, and will, I suspect, open up a critical, ongoing, and howlingly entertaining dialogue about the game's managers and their roles in the evolution of the national pastime."--Jeff Angus, author of Management of Baseball; "Managers are the best untold story in baseball. Lots of books have been written by and about managers, but few have taken the broad view. Chris Jaffe fills that gap."--David Studenmund, Hardball Times.com.

EAN: 9780786439201
ISBN: 0786439203
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Dimensions: 25.15 x 17.53 x 2.29 centimetres (0.59 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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