Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know About Baseball
September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Scouting and scoring are considered fundamentally different ways of ascertaining value in baseball. Scouting seems to rely on experience and intuition, scoring on performance metrics and statistics. In his new book Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know about Baseball, Christopher Phillips rejects these simplistic divisions. He shows how both scouts and scorers rely on numbers, bureaucracy, trust, and human labor in order to make sound judgments about the value of baseball players. A unique consideration of the role of quantitative measurement and human judgment, Scouting and Scoring provides an entirely fresh understanding of baseball by showing what the sport reveals about reliable knowledge in the modern world.
Christopher J. Phillips is assistant professor of history at Carnegie Mellon University. His work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Science, and Nature. He lives in Pittsburgh.
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