With its three hour contests, 162-game seasons, and countless measurable variables, baseball is a sport which lends itself to self-reflection and obsessive analysis. It’s a thinking game. It’s also a shifting game. Nowhere is this more evident than in the statistical revolution which has swept through the pastime in recent years, bringing metrics like WAR and OPS into front offices and living rooms alike. With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience in major league front offices, Russell A. Carleton illuminates advanced statistics and challenges cultural assumptions, demonstrating along the way that data and logic need not be at odds with the human element of baseball—in fact, they’re inextricably intertwined. Paperback. 316 pages.