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The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2007 (Hardball Times Baseball Annual) Paperback – November, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Sports (November 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879463120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879463120
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobody combines cutting-edge statistics with insightful, provocative and accessible writing like the folks at The Hardball Times. -- Jacob Luft, Sports Illustrated

Some of the most informed baseball analysis can be found on renegade websites like The Hardball Times. -- Alan Schwarz

From the Publisher

The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2007 is indispensable for serious baseball fans. It is the best place to find innovative stats combined with accurate and piercing analysis. This comprehensive book covers the entire 2006 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.

The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2007 contains a wealth of graphs, unique batted ball stats, and Win Share breakdowns for each player in the major leagues.

It also includes:

Detailed reviews of the devision races and postseason action
Cutting-edge statistics such as Win Shares and Win Probability Added
An insightful look at the minor leagues from FirstInning.com
Comprehensive team stats and graphs
Team-by-team individual hitting and fielding numbers
Articles on the World Baseball Classic, baseball history, and much more!

Some of the guest authors include ESPN's Rob Neyer, John Dewan, and Deadspin's Will Leitch.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig VINE VOICE on December 27, 2006
For those who like some good commentary to go with insightful statistics, this is a great purchase. Although the title makes it sound like this is a preview of next season, it's really a review of the 2006 season along with some excellent historical articles.

The statistics will be familiar to those who frequent the THT site, and they've made sure to include both traditional and sabermetric stats. I know that there were a lot of negative comments when BP cut some of the traditional stats in their publication, but that isn't a problem here. Items like batting average are included along with runs created and GPA, and they've also included a table for WPA and Win Shares for every player and team. One of the more interesting tables is the Playing Time Constellations, which chart players' time at each position throughout the season. They might initially look like a weird collection of dots, but they're actually a lot of fun to review.

Among the numerous year-in-review essays, there are a few standouts. For those who enjoy the business side of the game, Brian Borawski has written a good synopsis of the happenings from the past year. Also standing out are Jeff Sackmann's review of the World Baseball Classic, and Vince Gennaro's article on competitive balance (or lack thereof).

The historical articles, too, are enjoyable, especially John Walsh's look at the best outfield arms of the past half-century. And while I don't agree completely with David Gassko's formula for figuring out the most valuable pitchers of all time, his article is good food for thought.

It's still a few months before we see much on-field MLB action. In the meantime, this should help feed the appetites of fans whose minds remain on the game during the winter months. Another great effort from the guys at THT, worth well more than the low cost.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joshua A. Sklar on January 9, 2007
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This is an enjoyable, fairly lighthearted baseball book. It's not as irreverent as Baseball Prospectus but contains a similar focus on having lots of editorial content. The key difference is baseball prospectus is interested in projected future team and player preformance whereas Hardball times looks at the last season and is more interested in how things came to be. This edition I really enjoyed the articles on the buisness of baseball, the correlating factors for the development of power, and their team articles about the teams on the failure end of the spectrum (AKA the Pittsburgh Pirates).

As a baseball fan who isn't really into the fantasy game, its one of the three annuals I always get (the other two being baseball prospectus and the Bill James handbook). I also suggest it because it comes out as we enter the depths of winter and it helps to ward off the baseball withdrawl symptoms. Not that I'm a baseball junkie or anything...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Greg Thomas on January 19, 2007
Make no mistake about it, as good as "Baseball Prospectus" is, "Hardball Times" is even better. The statistics are more imaginative and useful, while the writing is much more accessible. I will continue to buy "Baseball Prospectus" for its player analysis, but there is no doubt that "Hardball Times" rules for the true baseball stats nut.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on April 16, 2007
This was my first encounter with the Hardball Times, and I came away impressed by the research and data. It wasn't what I was looking for though, and would have appreciated a more in-depth review of the 2006 season. The last half of the book was pure statistical information without even a brief synopsis of what the data showed.

Overall, I felt like I overpaid.
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