Scouting and Scoring

My second book is titled "Scouting and Scoring: How We Know What We Know About Baseball," published by Princeton University Press in March 2019. (You can also buy the book on Amazon here.) The book traces the history of both scouting and scoring, showing that rather than thinking of them as fundamentally different or opposed, one subjective (people knowledge) and the other objective (numbered knowledge), we should instead think of keeping score and scouting as both trying to turn the messy world of baseball players into marks on a page, ideally numbers.

An early review appeared in The New Yorker magazine.

I wrote a related piece for the Washington Post's Made By History section.


I've also written a couple popular pieces linking baseball scoring to wider transformations, one in Cabinet Magazine (Issue 56, 2015) and the other in the New England Journal of Medicine (367, October 25, 2012).