StlSluggers wrote:BronXBombers51 wrote:I really am enjoying this book so far, and I am impressed by many of the things Beane has done to make this team competitive, but there are also alot of things that annoy me. In the Giambi chapter, when they're all in the video room watching the game, nobody has any emotion, even when the team is getting wrecked.
Giambi is hitting doubles off the wall and Jeter's hitting homeruns. The author is yelling at the TV. DePodesta says it's about the "process" not the "outcome". How is it not about the outcome? I can put a bunch of people out there and expect them to do well, but if they don't, that's what counts. I don't understand how you can deem the outcome insignificant.
Well, I think the point there is that these guys are so confident in their numbers that they "know" they will win more than they will lose. However, they understand that they will lose. So their job isn't to get concerned about a loss. Their job is to simply evaluate that they are sticking to the plan, because - in their minds - the plan will work given enough time.
Yeah, I know what you mean. It seems crazy that you can project the amount of runs you will score based on OPS and then project how many wins you'll have, but maybe I need to go read some sabermetric stuff. This is the first book I've read that has to deal with any of that. I'm pretty new at this stuff so forgive me if I sound like an idiot. I'm just trying to understand this new philosophy better.