2015 Baseball Forecaster

Author: Ron Shandler
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 9781629370132
Release Date: 2015-01-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the 2014 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact—reverse engineering those skills back into batting average. The result is an unparalleled forecast of baseball abilities and trends for the upcoming season and beyond.

Ron Shandler s 2018 Baseball Forecaster

Author: Brent Hershey
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 9781633199446
Release Date: 2018-01-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the 2018 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact—reverse engineering those skills back into batting average. The result is an unparalleled forecast of baseball abilities and trends for the upcoming season and beyond.

2017 Baseball Forecaster

Author: Brent Hershey
Publisher: Triumph Books (IL)
ISBN: 1629373095
Release Date: 2017-01-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The industry's longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, the 2017 Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter's ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contact reverse engineering those skills back into batting average. The result is an unparalleled forecast of baseball abilities and trends for the upcoming season and beyond."

Bill James Handbook 2016

Author: Bill James
Publisher: ACTA Publications
ISBN: 9780879466398
Release Date: 2015-11-05
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Here is the first-to-market, most comprehensive, and most fun annual reference guide to the complete lifetime stats on every player in the majors in 2015. New sections include “On the Black” analysis of how often specific pitchers hit the corners of the plate and “Times to First Base” on how fast specific batters get to first on balls in play. And, of course, there will be first projections on what players can be expected to do next season in every facet of the game.

Baseball Prospectus 2017

Author: Baseball Prospectus
Publisher: Turner
ISBN: 1681626403
Release Date: 2017-02-10
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The 2017 edition of the New York Times Bestselling Guide. The 22nd edition of the industry-leading Baseball Prospectus annual is the essentially guide to the 2017 season. Including projections and commentary on nearly 2,000 players from veterans to prospects and in-depth analysis of each big league team, it is every baseball fan's indispensable resource.

Ahead of the Curve

Author: Brian Kenny
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501106330
Release Date: 2016-07-05
Genre: Sports & Recreation

MLB Network host and commentator Brian Kenny uses stories from baseball's present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic, even when directly contradicted by evidence.

Understanding Fantasy Baseball No Longer Just for Nerds

Author: Jason Johnson
Publisher: Jason johnson
ISBN:
Release Date: 2015-02-11
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Historically, people that have had the most interest in fantasy baseball have been statistic junkies and lovers of baseball in general. People who immerse themselves into spreadsheets and stare at computer screens to develop strategies have made a name for themselves in the industry. With technological advancement in recent years however, this is no longer the case. Information is very accessible and easily compiled so that almost anyone can put together a team and compete in fantasy baseball with a reasonable amount of time, research, and luck. It is not nearly as difficult to find player statistics, trends, reports or any other type of information that you need to succeed in your league. When I began working on this book, many people asked me why I was writing it. What could this book offer that other published works didn’t already talk about? There is some truth to those questions. There are plenty of available works published that provide a tremendous amount of knowledge about fantasy baseball. Reading other fantasy baseball articles and books myself, I’ve found that many of them, while thorough, tend to neglect the fundamentals. They assume that any reader already has a good grasp of the basics. While that often may be the case, I believe it’s critically important not only to know the basics but to completely understand how to use them to your advantage. Having this book as a foundation, you can then better understand some of the more complex topics: sabermetrics, drafting, trading, etc. In this book I will provide insights into not only the basics of fantasy baseball, but will also delve into complex strategies and statistical analysis to help you succeed. In each section, I will first present the topic and then discuss how understanding it in detail will help you as a fantasy baseball team owner. I’m certain that even savvy fantasy baseball players will be able to take away at least a few insights to improve their overall fantasy baseball experience. In one section in particular, Relative Draft Value, I provide original, self-developed formulas and strategies that you simply can’t get anywhere else. I will be focusing primarily on season long leagues; however I have also dedicated a section to daily games which have become extremely popular and deserve discussion. In short, this book will go into almost everything you need to know to start yourself down a path to fantasy baseball success.

The Bill James Handbook 2017

Author: Bill James
Publisher: ACTA Publications
ISBN: 9780879466480
Release Date: 2016-11-04
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Bill James and the Baseball Info Solutions team of analysts continue to pack in new content, including a fresh look at the continued rise and effectiveness of The Shift and a new breakdown of home runs and long flyouts. And, as always, the book forecasts fresh hitter and pitcher projections for those looking to get an early jump on the next season.

Yes It s Hot in Here

Author: AJ Mass
Publisher: Rodale
ISBN: 9781623360030
Release Date: 2014-04-15
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Yes, It's Hot in Here explores the entertaining history of the mascot from its jester roots in Renaissance society to the slapstick pantomime of the Clown Prince of Baseball, Max Patkin, all the way up to the mascots of the slam-dunk, rock-and-roll, Jumbotron culture of today. Along the way, author AJ Mass of ESPN.com (a former Mr. Met himself) talks to the pioneers among modern-day mascots like Dave Raymond (Phillie Phanatic), Dan Meers (K. C. Wolf), and Glenn Street (Harvey the Hound) and finds out what it is about being a mascot that simply won't leave the performer. Mass examines what motivates high school and college students to compete for the chance to wear a sweaty animal suit and possibly face the ridicule of their peers in the process, as well as women who have proudly served as mascots for teams in both the pro and amateur ranks. In the book's final chapter, Mass climbs inside a mascot costume one more time to describe what it feels like and, perhaps, rediscover a bit of magic.

Fantasyland

Author: Sam Walker
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0143038435
Release Date: 2007-02-27
Genre: Games

Recounts a Wall Street Journal columnist's experiences with playing a season of fantasy baseball against a host of armchair contenders, during which he researched the activity's popularity as well as the factors, from statistics to human elements, that contribute to winning fantasy teams. Reprint. 50,000 first printing.

Baseball America 2017 Prospect Handbook

Author: Editors of Baseball America
Publisher: Baseball America
ISBN: 193239169X
Release Date: 2017-02-28
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The one player guide every true baseball fan will want - the leading resource for the next generation of rising stars The Baseball America 2017 Prospect Handbook is the ultimate guide to the next generation of baseball stars. The Prospect Handbook features in-depth analysis and statistics for 900 players, with detailed scouting reports, recaps of each team's amateur draft efforts, and a ranking of Major League Baseball's top farm systems. The Prospect Handbook is the must-have resource for information on the best prospects in baseball and is a valuable tool for fans, fantasy leaguers, and anyone who wants to know more about the player development process

Baseball Prospectus 2018

Author: Baseball Prospectus
Publisher: Turner
ISBN: 1681626438
Release Date: 2018-02-09
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The 2018 edition of The New York Times Bestselling Guide. PLAY BALL! The 23rd edition of this industry-leading baseball annual contains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams. Baseball Prospectus 2018 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which The New York Times called "the �berforecast of every player's performance." With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2018 will understand why! Visit www.baseballprospectus.com for year-round baseball coverage

Hardball Times Annual 2017

Author: Paul Swydan
Publisher:
ISBN: 1540448266
Release Date: 2016-11-18
Genre:

The Hardball Times Annual 2017 is the ultimate baseball annual...the "MVP of baseball annuals." Now in its 13th year, this year's edition contains nearly 30 articles from some of the best-known writers in baseball today, such as... Jeff Sullivan Eno Sarris Mike Petriello Rob Arthur Emma Baccellieri Corinne Landrey Carson Cistulli Sara Novic August Fagerstrom Joon Lee ...and many other great writers. Topics include complete coverage of the 2016 season, including the games/series that swung the balance of each division, unique takes on baseball history and cutting-edge sabermetric analysis. When you read The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2017, you'll discover: A new defensive metric, debuting within these pages Why pitch framing was doomed from the start Why baseball mud is chaos The widely-forgotten trophy known as The Sultan of Swat Award or Babe Ruth Crown Scott Boras' claims in The Arm are all bark and no bite The effect of the marine layer on fly balls How much Hope & Faith there is in MLB Analysis of catcher arm strength using previously unreleased Statcast data The 1957 Kansas City Athletics, one of the most unique teams in history If you're a baseball fan yearning to keep that flame burning during the offseason, The Hardball Times Baseball Annual is for you. As Sports Weekly said, "There are several baseball books that come out every year for the holiday season, but none as well-rounded and complete as The Hardball Times Baseball Annual."