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Scouting and Scoring : How We Know What We Know about Baseball, Christopher Phillips

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Scouting and Scoring : How We Know What We Know about Baseball
Title
Scouting and Scoring
Title remainder
How We Know What We Know about Baseball
Statement of responsibility
Christopher Phillips
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
An in-depth look at the intersection of judgment and statistics in baseballScouting and scoring are considered fundamentally different ways of ascertaining value in baseball. Scouting seems to rely on experience and intuition, scoring on performance metrics and statistics. In Scouting and Scoring, Christopher Phillips rejects these simplistic divisions. He shows how both scouts and scorers rely on numbers, bureaucracy, trust, and human labor in order to make sound judgments about the value of baseball players.Tracing baseball’s story from the nineteenth century to today, Phillips explains that the sport was one of the earliest and most consequential fields for the introduction of numerical analysis. New technologies and methods of data collection were supposed to enable teams to quantify the drafting and managing of players—replacing scouting with scoring. But that’s not how things turned out. Over the decades, scouting and scoring started looking increasingly similar. Scouts expressed their judgments in highly formulaic ways, using numerical grades and scientific instruments to evaluate players. Scorers drew on moral judgments, depended on human labor to maintain and correct data, and designed bureaucratic systems to make statistics appear reliable. From the invention of official scorers and Statcast to the creation of the Major League Scouting Bureau, the history of baseball reveals the inextricable connections between human expertise and data science.A unique consideration of the role of quantitative measurement and human judgment, Scouting and Scoring provides an entirely fresh understanding of baseball by showing what the sport reveals about reliable knowledge in the modern world
Cataloging source
DE-B1597
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Phillips, Christopher
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other
LC call number
GV880.22
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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De Gruyter
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  • Baseball
  • Sports officiating
  • SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / Statistics
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specialized
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Scouting and Scoring : How We Know What We Know about Baseball, Christopher Phillips
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Publication
Copyright
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Measuring Head and Heart
  • 7. A Machine for Objectivity
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations Used in Notes
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Bases of Data
  • 2. Henry Chadwick and Scoring Technology
  • 3. Official Scoring
  • 4. From Project Scoresheet to Big Data
  • 5. The Practice of Pricing the Body
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691188980
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9780691188980
Other physical details
15 b/w illus.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)528262
  • (DE-B1597)9780691188980
Label
Scouting and Scoring : How We Know What We Know about Baseball, Christopher Phillips
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Measuring Head and Heart
  • 7. A Machine for Objectivity
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgments
  • Abbreviations Used in Notes
  • Notes
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Bases of Data
  • 2. Henry Chadwick and Scoring Technology
  • 3. Official Scoring
  • 4. From Project Scoresheet to Big Data
  • 5. The Practice of Pricing the Body
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691188980
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9780691188980
Other physical details
15 b/w illus.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)528262
  • (DE-B1597)9780691188980

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