A Mathematician at the Ballpark by Ken Ross
Odds and Probabilities for Baseball Fans

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In A Mathematician at the Ballpark, professor Ken Ross reveals the math behind the stats. This lively and accessible book shows baseball fans how to harness the power of made predictions and better understand the game. Using real-world examples from historical and modern-day teams, Ross shows:
• Why on-base and slugging percentages are more important than batting averages
• How professional odds makers predict the length of a seven-game series
• How to use mathematics to make smarter bets

A Mathematician at the Ballpark is the perfect guide to the science of probability for the stats-obsessed baseball fans—and, with a detailed new appendix on fantasy baseball, an essential tool for anyone involved in a fantasy league.


About Ken Ross

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Ken Ross, Ph.D., taught math for thirty-five years at the University of Oregon, and is a past president of the Mathematical Association of America.
Published February 27, 2007 by Plume. 224 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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In "Who's the Best Hitter," he presents a fascinating look at how statistical measurements of a batter's offensive contribution, including "Slugging Percentage" and "On-Base Plus Slugging," show how two outstanding young outfielders, Yankee Hideki Matsui and Mariner Ichiro Suzuki, had "amazingly ...

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