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The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2010 Paperback – December 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Hardball Times Baseball Annual
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: ACTA Publications (December 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879464089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879464080
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,529,688 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

Hardball Times has become a must-read site for me and for many other people in the baseball business. I'm drawn to destinations where you can find innovative thinking about our sports, and I'd place Hardball Times in the upper echelon of that list. --Jayson Stark, ESPN.com Senior Writer

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The writers of The Hardball Times create provocative, insightful and entertaining baseball analyses, as well as produce their own unique statistics, graphs and essays. They maintain a website, HardballTimes.com, which is updated daily throughout the year on all things baseball.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2009
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As usual, an excellent collection of articles and statistics.

I found the balance of articles in this year's edition to be particularly noteworthy. Whether you love the game for its overall history, individual teams, players or SABRmetric analysis, there's plenty here to entertain and provoke. You might not be interested in every facet of the book but you'll find plenty that makes it worthwhile. My only (minor) gripe is the form factor. While the large size helps with clearly displaying the many tables and graphs, it makes it more cumbersome to transport and awkward to read just anywhere.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eric Simon on January 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I received my copy of The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2010 (THTBA) more than a month ago, but a variety of circumstances have conspired to postpone its review until now. One obvious reason for its delay is the depth and breadth of written coverage within the annual itself, which as you might imagine takes quite a bit longer to read than, say, scanning some tables of stats. While most other annuals rely on dense statistical offerings to sell their product, THTBA features literally dozens of original articles on baseball history, statistical analysis, and general baseball commentary. There are plenty of stats, too, but since most if not all of them are available gratis on the Hardball Times website, I'm going to focus on the original writing (if you dig their online stats offerings, though, you're bound to like them in book form).

In past THTBA reviews I have more-or-less given a rundown of every article with little more than a single line of summation for each. I'm going to switch things up this time and pick out one of my favorite articles from this year's edition to focus on, and then point out a couple of others that I found of particular interest.

"The Content Of Their Character" by Jack Marshall

This timely and important piece by Jack Marshall of [...] takes a different approach to defining a player's candidacy for the baseball hall of fame. The locus of Marshall's argument draws its inspiration from the official voting rules placed before the BBWAA.

Voting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.
Apparently, the overseers of the hall never intended its inductees to be granted entry based solely on their on-field legacies.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Schmaltz on January 14, 2010
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The THT Annual is a very good read; it is informative and entertaining. It is just as educational and fun as the website, but is all-new material. I love the historical articles, year-in-review stories, team and player analysis, the tons of statistics, and enjoy the trivia too. Each piece is well-written, detailed, and accurate. I skimmed the book and read a couple articles the day I got it and had it finished within a week, yet continue to review important aspects of the 2009 season and use it as a reference. I've had a great time with The Annual and it was a great early Christmas present!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Justin on February 10, 2010
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These Annuals set the standard for insightful, quality work in baseball writing and research. This year's was no exception.
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