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Michael Lewis on the King of Human Error - Vanity Fair

"Baseball men, living from day to day in the clutch of carefully metered chance occurrences, have developed an entire bestiary of imagined causes to tie together and thus make sense of patterns that are in truth entirely accidental. . . . They have an entire vocabulary of completely imaginary concepts used to tie together chance groupings. It includes ‘momentum,’ ‘confidence,’ ‘seeing the ball well,’ ‘slumps,’ ‘guts,’ ‘clutch ability,’ being ‘hot’ and ‘cold,’ ‘not being aggressive’ and my all time favorite the ‘intangibles.’ By such concepts, the baseball man gains a feeling of control over a universe that swings him up and down and tosses him from side to side like a yoyo in a high wind." — Bill James Lewis's feature is only tangentially about Bill James and baseball; it's primarily about psychologist Daniel Kahneman and the innate failings of human reason. Great read.
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Celebrate the 1986 Mets Championship

In 1986, the New York Mets made the Big Apple turn all of their attention to Shea Stadium through their sheer talent, fun-loving attitude and swagger. This rare combination catapulted them to a World Series Championship and allowed them to "Make the Dream Work".

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Six

The Book Club returns after a brief hiatus!

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Five

Discuss Chapter Five of Moneyball, which focuses on the 2002 MLB Draft.

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Three

Join the AA Book Club and talk "Moneyball".

Amazin' Avenue Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter Two

Gather round and discuss Moneyball!

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AA Book Club: Moneyball, Chapter 1

Would you rather discuss: The meatbag manager who will piss us off with his bunting and terrible bullpen usage in 2011; or A book with a catchy title about several members of the Mets' new front...

Saturday Applesauce

In Arizona: Josh Thole went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs batted in. Jason Vargas allowed a hit and a walk while striking out two in three innings of relief. Tobi Stoner allowed a hit and...

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