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Sports Analytics and Data Science: Winning the Game with Methods and Models by Thomas W. Miller

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5. Making Game-Day Decisions

Jimmy: “Taking a little day trip?”

Dottie: “No, Bob and I are driving back to Oregon.”

Jimmy: “You know, I really thought you were a ball player.”

Dottie: “Well, you were wrong.”

Jimmy: “Was I?”

Dottie: “Yeah, it is only a game, Jimmy. It’s only a game. And I have Bob. I don’t need this. I don’t.”

Jimmy: “I gave away five years at the end of my career to drinking. Five years. And now there isn’t anything I wouldn’t give to get back one day of it.”

Dottie: “Well, we’re different.”

Jimmy: “Chicken shit, Dottie. If you want to go back to Oregon and make a hundred babies, great. I’m in no position to tell anyone how to live. But sneaking out like this, quitting—you’ll regret it the rest of your life. Baseball is what ...

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