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The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2008 Paperback – November 30, 2007


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  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Acta Pubns (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879463414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879463410
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,255,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Lombardi on December 17, 2007
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.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Greg Thomas on December 13, 2007
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jasmine T. Baer on May 11, 2008
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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.
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