2018 Minor League Baseball Analyst

Author: Jeremy Deloney
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 9781633199477
Release Date: 2018-03-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

The first book of its kind to fully integrate sabermetrics and scouting, the 2018 Minor League Baseball Analyst provides a distinctive brand of analysis for more than 1,000 minor league baseball players. Features include scouting reports for all players, batter skills ratings, pitch repertoires, performance trends, major league equivalents, and expected major league debuts. A complete sabermetric glossary is also included. This one-of-a-kind reference is ideally suited for baseball analysts and those who play in fantasy leagues with farm systems.

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.

Minor League Baseball Analyst

Author: Deric McKamey
Publisher: Shandler Enterprises Llc
ISBN: 1891566725
Release Date: 2007-02-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Deric McKamey's Minor League Baseball Analyst is the first book to fully integrate sabermetrics and scouting. A long-term Bill James disciple and graduate of Major League Baseball's scout school, Deric provides his unique brand of analysis for over 1,000 minor leaguers. For baseball analysts and those who play in fantasy leagues with farm systems, the Analyst is the perfect complement to the Baseball Forecaster and is designed exactly for the reader's needs.\n

2017 Baseball Forecaster

Author: Brent Hershey
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 9781633196957
Release Date: 2016-12-15
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.

Hometown Hardball

Author: Tim Healey
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781493028597
Release Date: 2017-06-30
Genre: Travel

Grab a Zweigle's White Hot at Dwyer Stadium (built in 1939) and cheer on the Batavia Muckdogs. Join B.B. the Bluefish as he warms up the crowd at Bridgeport's Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Take in the view of Coney Island from the upper deck of MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones. Watch from a box seat in Pawtucket as top Red Sox prospects try to make it to the bigs. . . . It's all part of minor league baseball in the Northeast. This book conveys the essence of the sport--from the sublime (summer nights under the lights cheering for a hometown team) to the ridiculous (racing bagels, cowboy monkeys, garish "alternate" uniforms--by visiting 27 minor league ballparks through the Northeast. It offers both a visitor's guide and an appealing narrative, covering the particulars of each venue--who plays there and when, how to get there, where to sit and what to eat--and describing what makes each park, and each team and town, special. It also offers a bit of history of the parks--the legends who played there and the great games they hosted. From Portland, Maine (home of the Sea Dogs) to Altoona, Pennsylvania (home of the Curve), this book features Triple-A, Double-A, and Single-A action from every part of the region.

Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Author: Michael Lewis
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393066231
Release Date: 2004-03-17
Genre: Sports & Recreation

"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —Forbes Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

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

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

Author: Ben Lindbergh
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 9781627795654
Release Date: 2016-05-03
Genre: Sports & Recreation

What would happen if two statistics-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team? It’s the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies -- with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That’s what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics. Their story in The Only Rule is it Has to Work is unlike any other baseball tale you've ever read. We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance. Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport’s folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion? It’s a wild ride, by turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller tell a story that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And they prove that you don’t need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.

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

Big Data Baseball

Author: Travis Sawchik
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250063519
Release Date: 2015-05-19
Genre: Sports & Recreation

New York Times Bestseller After twenty consecutive losing seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates, team morale was low, the club's payroll ranked near the bottom of the sport, game attendance was down, and the city was becoming increasingly disenchanted with its team. Pittsburghers joked their town was the city of champions...and the Pirates. Big Data Baseball is the story of how the 2013 Pirates, mired in the longest losing streak in North American pro sports history, adopted drastic big-data strategies to end the drought, make the playoffs, and turn around the franchise's fortunes. Award-winning journalist Travis Sawchik takes you behind the scenes to expertly weave together the stories of the key figures who changed the way the small-market Pirates played the game. For manager Clint Hurdle and the front office staff to save their jobs, they could not rely on a free agent spending spree, instead they had to improve the sum of their parts and find hidden value. They had to change. From Hurdle shedding his old-school ways to work closely with Neal Huntington, the forward-thinking data-driven GM and his team of talented analysts; to pitchers like A. J. Burnett and Gerrit Cole changing what and where they threw; to Russell Martin, the undervalued catcher whose expert use of the nearly-invisible skill of pitch framing helped the team's pitchers turn more balls into strikes; to Clint Barmes, a solid shortstop and one of the early adopters of the unconventional on-field shift which forced the entire infield to realign into positions they never stood in before. Under Hurdle's leadership, a culture of collaboration and creativity flourished as he successfully blended whiz kid analysts with graybeard coaches—a kind of symbiotic teamwork which was unique to the sport. Big Data Baseball is Moneyball on steroids. It is an entertaining and enlightening underdog story that uses the 2013 Pirates season as the perfect lens to examine the sport's burgeoning big-data movement. With the help of data-tracking systems like PitchF/X and TrackMan, the Pirates collected millions of data points on every pitch and ball in play to create a tome of color-coded reports that revealed groundbreaking insights for how to win more games without spending a dime. In the process, they discovered that most batters struggled to hit two-seam fastballs, that an aggressive defensive shift on the field could turn more batted balls into outs, and that a catcher's most valuable skill was hidden. All these data points which aren't immediately visible to players and spectators, are the bit of magic that led the Pirates to spin straw in to gold, finish the 2013 season in second place, end a twenty-year losing streak.

Baseball America 2018 Prospect Handbook

Author: Editors of Baseball America
Publisher: Baseball America
ISBN: 1932391762
Release Date: 2018-02-27
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 2018 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 Futures Guide 2017

Author: Baseball Prospectus
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 1547216654
Release Date: 2017-06-13
Genre:

FRONT OFFICES EVERYWHERE AGREE: BASEBALL PROSPECTUS KNOWS PROSPECTS. Futures Guide 2017 gives you all this and more: Top 10 Prospects for every major-league team: 300 prospect capsules, with over 100 other players also covered. Bonus listing of the Top 10 under 25, as well as state-of-the-system and front office summaries. WHAT THE INSIDERS SAY ABOUT THE FUTURES GUIDE "Baseball Prospectus is a valuable source for player evaluation and analysis. The quality and depth of their prospect reports is always impressive." -- Jason McLeod, Sr. Vice President, Scouting & Player Development, Chicago Cubs "The Futures Guide is a valuable resource and a helpful guide in assessing players at every professional level. The Baseball Prospectus team provides exceptional insight, making it a must read." -- Nick Krall, Assistant General Manager, Cincinnati Reds "Thoughtful, entertaining and precise evaluations bring their scouting reports to life." -- Dan Kantrovitz, Scouting Director, St. Louis Cardinals

The Bill James Handbook 2018

Author: Bill James
Publisher: ACTA Publications
ISBN: 9780879466565
Release Date: 2017-11-02
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions team of analysts continue to pack in new content, including a fresh look at the continues 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.

Out of My League

Author: Dirk Hayhurst
Publisher: Citadel Press
ISBN: 9780806536668
Release Date: 2013-02-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"A humorous, candid and insightful memoir of Hayhurst's rookie season in the majors. . .Grade: Home Run." --Cleveland Plain Dealer After six years in the minors, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst hopes 2008 is the year he breaks into the big leagues. But every time Dirk looks up, the bases are loaded with challenges--a wedding balancing on a blind hope, a family in chaos, and paychecks that beg Dirk to answer, "How long can I afford to keep doing this?" Then it finally happens--Dirk gets called up to the Majors, to play for the San Diego Padres. A dream comes true when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants, kicking off forty insane days and nights in the Bigs. Like the classic games of baseball's history, Out of My League entertains from the first pitch to the last out, capturing the gritty realities of playing on the big stage, the comedy and camaraderie in the dugouts and locker rooms, and the hard-fought, personal journeys that drive our love of America's favorite pastime. "A rare gem of a baseball book." --Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated "A fun read. . .This book shows why baseball is so often used as a metaphor for life." --Keith Olbermann "Entertaining and engaging. . .reminiscent of Jim Bouton's Ball Four." --Booklist "Observant, insightful, human, and hilarious." --Bob Costas