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Big Bad Baseball Annual 2000 Paperback – February 15, 2000

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From the Publisher

The Big Bad Baseball Annual grew out of the Baseball Abstracts, first produced by Bill James, and later by Brock Hanke after James "broke the wand". Just as James pushed the field of baseball analysis and sabermetrics forward with his ground-breaking work, the Big Bad Baseball Annual attempts to do the same with new tools and new studies on just what makes some teams winners and some players Hall of Famers.

The BBBA authors are some of the most widely read and recognized baseball analysts on the internet today. Whether you are reading the player comments, the team essays or the general studies, you will find their writing engaging, informative and entertaining.

From the Author

The 2000 Big Bad Baseball Annual contains all the features you've grown to expect over the last ten years. We provide up to date player comments, statistical analysis, and our view on where teams and players are headed. In our team essays, we look at what went right and what went wrong for each major league team, who their top players are and why, along with breakouts of their season.

At BBBA, we make an effort to cover not only baseball's present and immediate future, but also baseball's past and long-term future. You can find baseball statistics and opinions on current players many places, but only in BBBA can you find situational breakouts for Jackie Robinson's career (1999 edition), an overview of trends in Japanese Baseball (1998 edition), an in depth look at the 1996 offensive explosion (1997 edition), and a detailed study on the effectiveness of switch-hitting (this year's edition).

Thank you for your interest and support for our book. Feel free to send us feedback or read many of our articles on our website at bigbadbaseball.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Big Bad Baseball Annual
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Mad Aztec Press (February 15, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962584622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962584626
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,082,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 20, 2000
Format: Paperback
I was told this was the best baseball book of the year. I didn't get it until after the season started, and when I did, I got a juvenile treatise with about four bright spots, and a really bad case of envy for everyone else that does analysis. I would be embarrassed to be associated with this incarnation of a tantrum. My five year old can behave with a little decorum, which is more than I can say for whoever edited this. Only a couple of writers are worth even glancing at, Firtado and Walker, and they're clearly too smart to stick with this sinking ship for long. Their work gives this book a second star, but just barely.
It's also hard to read, amateurishly put together, and basically a complete waste of money and time. There's no reason to buy this book. The childishness evidence in this book is so bad as to be disrespectful to the game. Don't these authors even LIKE baseball?
Hideous.
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Format: Paperback
Like its predecessors, the Big Bad Baseball Annual 2000 is written for a relatively small subgroup of baseball fans: the hard-core sabermetricians who can practically come to blows over the proper weighting of walks vs. stolen bases in evaluating a hitter's performance. For these readers, the BBBA contains more information than any other annual, including several wonderful historical and methodological essays as well as commentary on current players.
Unfortunately, the book suffers from its authors' self-indulgence. There are far too many in-jokes which amuse the co-authors more than the readers; far too many obscure acronyms; and far too many times when the authors take 100 words to make a 25-word point. At times, it feels as though the authors hide behind pretentious language to make their concepts seem more important than they are.
A more serious problem is the BBBA's penchant for taking nasty pot shots at the competition -- STATS Inc., Rob Neyer of ESPN, and especially the Baseball Prospectus. The target audience for this book isn't impressed by authors who proclaim "Nyaah, nyaah, I'm smarter than you are."
In short, the BBBA is a valuable analytical tool, but would be much better if a professional editor were allowed to cut through the BS and obfuscation.
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By A Customer on April 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a baseball fan who reads any book of analysis I can find, I eagerly awaited this year's BBBA. I was extremely disappointed that the editors found it necessary to go into childish tirades against their competition
I usually don't wallow thru all the stats that the BBBA folks put out as I enjoy the commentary more. However, since the commentary was more in the line of sophmoric back slapping and finger pointing, I thought I'd study the stats more carefully.
The BBBA folks will tell that they are right. I did find much of their analysis to countradict their competitors. While I don't know who is right or wrong, a least let me decide as to which information I find more useful, don't tell me.
I especially found the attacks on Bill James to be curious. Bill James started the revolution on baseball anyalsis, in essence giving these insolent writers their start. If you don't agree with him, just write it, don't rip him.
I won't spend another penny on the folks from BBBA.
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By A Customer on April 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I tried it again this year despite my better instincts. I won't again. These guys are oblivious to their readers, even ones who wish desperately to steer them to their strengths and away from their weaknesses. Do they even read the feedback from their readers? A promising endeavor has just become a sad downhill slide with good baseball analysis in the early years giving way to puffery and pretentiousness and, worst of all, silly putdowns of the competition.
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