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April 2, 2007

Missing the Expos

Jonah Keri is a stock-market writer by day and a sportswriter by night. Now that the Expos are no more, his favorite club is his fantasy team. And he has a soft spot for Barry Bonds.

Michael Gluckstadt

As an out-of-the-closet Barry Bonds supporter, Jonah Keri is a rarity among sportswriters. He is also unique in his dual role as a stock-market writer and the editor of the Baseball Prospectus book, Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About the Game Is Wrong. The book uses principles of statistics applied to baseball, called sabermetrics, to answer pressing questions about all aspects of the game, such as "Is Alex Rodriguez Overpaid?" and, "Is David Ortiz a Clutch Hitter?" These questions are springboards for a thorough analysis of the game—like devising a way to calculate a player's worth and examining whether clutch hitting actually exists.

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