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The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2011 Paperback – November 22, 2010
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My favorite parts: Why the Red Sox comeback over the Rockies was the most exciting game of the year, "Tuck Sez" baseball cartoons, "The Year in Tater Trots" a tongue-in-cheek but totally accurate review of how long players took to round the bases when hitting a home run, and, of course, the stats for every team and every player. They even used FIELDf/x to design a computer illustration of true defensive range for fielders, which hopefully finds its way into the next MLB game for Xbox.
If you're a casual fan like me, you really want someone to break down the analysis and spoon-feed it to you. If you're a pursuing a graduate degree in mathematics at, to pick a school at random, the University of Chicago, you might want something a bit more challenging. THT's always had a nice balance between truly advanced analysis for the stat geek (I say that with love, baseball stat geeks), and spoon-fed breakdowns for thick-headed fans like me. For example, all those detailed stat breakdowns on every team and every player? Well, they also come with "stat facts," THT's version of talking points. I can't memorize everyone's ERA or OBP, but thanks to THT, I can sound like I do: "well, Varitek had 13 singles and 13 extra base hits last season. Seems like thirteen's his lucky number."
And if you're even less of a stat geek than me, ERA is for pitchers and OBP is for batters.Read more ›
If you are into the division summary pieces and history articles that is also there, but I've never found those to justify the cost of the book. The stats are perfect for purusing if you are, for instance, bored on a train ("I didn't realize Brett Cecil threw that many innings...") but after flipping through them once, I'm not sure I'd ever pick them up again.
Overall I definitely recommend this Annual to any sabermetrically inclined baseball fan based on the number of quality, insightful articles. If all you are going to be doing though while reading is assigning a "value" to the articles and seeing if it is worth the 16 or so dollars, I don't necessarily recommend purchasing it. Personally, I am more than happy having bought it given the high-level work, and I'm always happy to support the guys over at THT. Having bought all the Annuals since 2006, I do enjoy the asthetic aspect of seeing them lined up on my shelf. It's nice.
If you're like me, you'll be borderline intimidated when you first open to the Table of Contents. Where to start? Being an insider at THT, I knew I couldn't wait to take a look at the fielding section. Yet the book is also populated by the musings of well known Sabr writers from all corners of the web including Rob Neyer, Tom Tango, and Dave Cameron to name a few. Every page is stuffed with insight and analysis. And as always, The Hardball Times succeeds where others fail, making advanced analysis easily accessible to all fans.
In the past I've purchased Annuals from Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America. The Hardball Times blows those publications clear out of the water. You won't be disappointed.
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The breakdown of individual and team statistics for the previous calendar year makes for an enticing array of tidbits that can benefit the fantasy player, the hard core numbers... Read morePublished on March 16, 2012 by chris
There isn't a big deal of difference between articles on the website and this book, and that's a good thing. This is the best baseball annual on the market.Published on February 21, 2011 by Peter Rose