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The Bill James Handbook 2014 Paperback – November 1, 2013
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One, there is accountability. The Handbook predicts performance of individual players in the coming year. And, afterwards, one can see how well the projections performed.
Two, record and Hall of Fame projections. Odds of pitchers getting to 300 wins? Justin Verlander ranks # 1, with a 30% chance (not very encouraging). 3,000 hits? Alex Rodriguez is listed at 98% likely (but if a suspension?). Then, Adrian Beltre at 81%. 762 home runs? Miguel Cabrera at a measly 13%. Etc.
Then, projections for pitchers. I am a White Sox fan and am curious about Chris Sale. He is predicted to have a 3.08 ERA and a 15-10 record. Hitting? Adam Dunn is projected to hit 32 home runs and 86 RBIs, with another underwhelming batting average--.211.
Leading candidates for the Hall of Fame? A score of 100 indicates a near sure thing to get into the Hall. Among those with this score: Mariano Rivera (no brainer), Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones, Alex Rodriguez (we shall see, given the allegations), Derek Jeter, Vlad Guerrero, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, and Miguel Cabrera.
Then the individual player statistics for 2013. And so on and so on. A myriad intriguing statistics.
Are you a figure filbert? Then this is for you.
The Handbook gives us all kinds of fun stuff like this, AND it's the best single reference for fundamental data -- team stats, a complete player register, completing fielding records for every player, registers showing the tactics of every manager AND the performance of every ballpark. In the same book, we've got lefty-righty performance for every batter AND pitcher, Win Shares for every player (for 2013 AND each of his seasons the past decade), AND 2014 statistical projections. We now know which teams created the most runs with small-ball tactics, which teams used infield shifts most often and most effectively, which outfielder's robbed the most home runs AND how often replays changed umpire calls.
There's way more in this book than anyone with a life has time to list. I love baseball AND I have a life. The Bill James Handbook makes me happier with both.
It is meant as a Christmas gift for a 7 years old baseball fanatic. The kid absolutely loves it. The parents appreciate it too because it take him away from his TV and iPad.
The only downside is that Amazon shipped it via DHL Global Mail, which is slow and has horrendous tracking capability. I emailed DHL twice and never got a response. Anyhow, the book arrived on Dec 23, just in the nick of time to make it for Christmas.
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I find I do not use such things (these stats). I know baseball through and through and I played 17 years of it. I thought I would like all these stats..........but nope. Read morePublished on June 4, 2014 by Robert L. King
Excellent detail as always. Have purchased for the last 3 years. It is always top - notch and very good reading.Published on April 22, 2014 by Robert Vincent
bill james is truly one of the smartest people in the world, i wish i had this book before fantasy baseball startedPublished on April 15, 2014 by Jordan Uffer