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  • Author:
    Bryan Tsao,Carolina Bolado,Joe Distelheim
  • ISBN:
    0879463414
  • ISBN13:
    978-0879463410
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  • Publisher:
    Acta Pubns (November 30, 2007)
  • Pages:
    366 pages
  • Subcategory:
    Baseball
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Bryan Tsao, Carolina Bolado, Joe Distelheim The Hardball Times is a think tank of baseball writers who create provocative, insightful and entertaining baseball analyses, as well as produce their.

Bryan Tsao, Carolina Bolado, Joe Distelheim. ACTA Publications, 2007 - 366 pagine. Although the book shows it's 2008 Annual, it really only deals with the 2008 season in passing, as it's solely focuses on the recently completed 2007 season. Excellent look back book for fans to use to tide them over the winter months waiting for spring to bloom. The Hardball Times is a think tank of baseball writers who create provocative, insightful and entertaining baseball analyses, as well as produce their unique statistics, graphs and essays. com, is updated daily throughout the year on all things baseball. Informazioni bibliografiche.

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Start by marking The Hardball Times Baseball Annual as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Another great baseball geek book: beginning with various and entertaining recaps of the season, including the Mets collapse, the not so unlikely rise of the Rays, and the aftermath of the Phillies World Series victory, through to the valuable team and player statistics that make up the heart of these Annuals--this book is a must read for the serious.

a b Bryan Tsao, Carolina Bolado, Joe Distelheim (2007). The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008. Encyclopedia Article. Bill James, Baseball statistics, New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, ESPN. Baseball, Pitcher, Outfielder, Batting (baseball), Official scorer.

a b Bryan Tsao; Carolina Bolado; Joe Distelheim (2007). Retrieved April 16, 2011. v. t. e. Baseball statistics.

Since its inception in 2004, The Hardball Times has released an annual book, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual.

THT also features a blog, THT Live, which is run by Novick. Since its inception in 2004, The Hardball Times has released an annual book, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual.

This book is for rabid fans of baseball who also love the statistical side of the game. Read it, and you will be able to conduct an intelligent conversation on everything from the Cardinals' tragic season (DUIs, deaths, et. to quantifying the impact of a manager on a team. Published by Thriftbooks.

The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 is indispensable for serious baseball fans. It is the best place to innovative stats combined with accurate and piercing analysis. This comprehensive book covers the entire 2007 season from the first pitch to the last out, and it is also the first book of its kind to include a review of the postseason and World Series.It also includes: Detailed reviews of how 2007 played out in each of baseballs six divisions Cutting-edge statistics such as Win Shares and Win Probability Added Comprehensive team stats and graphs Team-by-team individual hitting and fielding numbers Articles on Barry Bonds and the homerun milestone, racial integration in baseball, and an in-depth look at GM Dave Dombrowski of the 2006 AL Champion Detroit Tigers

Hono
I enjoyed the articles contained within, but what I liked best were the recaps of the 2007 season pennant races. The authors include a line graph that tracks all the teams in a division across the course of a season. It really makes it easy to see when the "wheels come off" of a team as it plummets to the bottom, or when a team goes "en fuego" and comes from behind to capture the division title.

Of course, there are stats galore and a fine glossary to explain acronyms and the names of other statistical measures.

This isn't for the casual fan. This book is for rabid fans of baseball who also love the statistical side of the game. Read it, and you will be able to conduct an intelligent conversation on everything from the Cardinals' tragic season (DUIs, deaths, etc.) to quantifying the impact of a manager on a team.
Chankane
Being a big fan of The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2006 and The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2007, I was truly looking forward to reviewing the The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008. And, once done, I was not disappointed.

Following the format of the two annuals that preceded it, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 provides an extensive review of the past season, essays related to baseball history, features deep-rooted in statistical analysis, and, pages and pages of stats, stats, and more stats.

If The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 was a baseball bat, clearly, the content therein centering on statistical analysis would be the fat part of the bat.

Don't take this to mean that the features on the 2007 season and baseball history were not enjoyable. On the whole, I found them to be interesting and worth reading.

In particular, Dave Studenmund's "The Story Stat," where Dave uses the 2007 season to explain "Win Probability Added" (WPA) and "Leverage Index" (LI) - at a level where the old woman down the street would understand it - was excellent and recommended reading for anyone who does not understand WPA and LI.

And, Will Leitch's "The Deadspin Spin on 2007" was very entertaining - as was "The Months of 2007 in History" by Richard Barbieri.

Further, Chis Jaffe's "Manager Grinders and Boppers" (where Chis, via the stats, shows us who are baseball's true 'small ball' and 'moneyball' managers) is a must read. (Spoiler Alert: Buck Showalter would rather lose a finger than risk giving up an out.)

More so, it's a matter of the (deep) "statistical analysis" features being so off-the-charts in terms of value that they bring cause for you wanting more of them and less of the other (non-stats based) content in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008.

Mitchel Lictman's "Signals and Noise" (where he shows us which teams under- and over-performed in 2007), Tom Tango's "With or Without You" (where he uses the stats to determine the best fielding catchers in baseball history), David Gassko's "Do Managers Matter?" (where he details which skippers actually help or hurt their teams), and John Walsh's "The Origin of the Platoon Advantage" (where he shows us that it's actually the fastball and the slider that lead to large platoon splits - and not the not the curveball or the change), were so outstanding that they alone make The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 a worthy purchase.

To be fair, not every feature in the analysis section was as attention-grabbing as those noted above. Personally, I found Tom Tango's "With or Without...Derek Jeter" (where he uses a new look to show Jeter's lack of fielding skill) and Vince Gennaro's "The Dollar Value of Player Development" (where he makes a case for player development being "the lifeblood of an MLB franchise") to be somewhat like beating old drums, albeit using a new stick, and playing a song that we've all heard before...many times.

However, again, the "great to good" to "O.K. to boring" ratio for the statistical features in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 is very heavy on the "great to good" side. By far, these features put a great swing on the ball and make solid contact many, many, more times than not.

Lastly, I would be remiss if I did not mention the "stats" in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 - as more than half of the book is pages full of statistics.

In a nutshell, the "Statistics" section of The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 is, well, it's the data that you pray the G.M. of your favorite baseball team has at their fingertips, understands, and uses when making decisions. The statistics provided are both ground-breaking and illuminating.

For example, as noted in the book, Jose Contreras had an ERA of 5.57 in 189 innings pitched last season. Ask 99 out of 100 baseball fans and they will tell you that Contreras was a terrible pitcher in 2007.

However, as the statistics in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 show us, Jose's Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) - meaning strikeouts, walks and homers allowed - was not very out of line for him. Also, his Defense Efficiency Ratio (DER) - meaning the percentage of times a batted ball was turned into an out by his fielders - was third worst in the league. Further, 68% of Contreras' ground balls allowed went for outs - compared to the league average of 74% - and Jose gave up more runs per grounder compared to the average big league pitcher. Via the stats in The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 you can see that Jose Contreras was not a very lucky pitcher in 2007.

You just can't get stats like these in very many places - which makes The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 incredibly unique and useful.

When you factor in the retail price of $19.95, there's really no excuse for a zealous baseball fan not to pick up The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008. (And, if you know a baseball fan, and are looking to buy them a gift this holiday season, you will do no wrong by getting them this book.)

I've read many books like this over the last quarter-century and this one is right up there among the best of the group. In terms of providing great and ground-breaking baseball analysis, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 is an excellent learning tool and valuable resource. I highly recommend it.
Gralinda
If you want to understand baseball, not just better than the guy next door but even better than the geek who keeps winning your fantasy league, this is the publication for you. The writing is superb and creative and includes baseball's "Sultan-of-Stats" Bill James. This is truly the hidden treasure of baseball annuals. You no longer need to wait until February or March to satisfy your hardball munchies. The ultimate statistical snack is being served.