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Scouting and Scoring by Christopher Phillips

During my sophomore year of college, I took a statistics course. It was a required class, thus I treated it like a required class, with great disdain. Surprisingly, it was the most interesting classes I took that semester and easily the most useful class I ever took in college. The things I learned in that class helped me through graduate school and even in my professional life. But more importantly, having a good grasp of statistics has made me a better baseball fan.

If I had the ability to rewind and do school all over again, I think I would try data and statistics as a career. Baseball has obviously championed data over the past decade or so, but so has most other sports and professions.

Scouting and Scoring is an interesting into the nitty-gritty of baseball. Most books on baseball stats, talk about the numbers and what they mean, but in this book, you learn how we get those numbers in the first place. You think of the numbers as being objective, but in reality, there are mounds of subjectivity. And speaking of subjectivity, scouting is still a guessing game made by people. Over the years, there has been countless attempts to standardize scouting but in the end, it is a real big game of chance.

This book was good but it felt longer that it needed to be. The section on scoring was great. The section on scouting was a tad boring.