Author: Sam Miller
Release Date: 2016-02-09
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The 2016 edition of the "New York Times" Bestselling Guide Welcome to The Show! After 20 All-Star seasons, the creators of this, the 21st edition of the industry-leading Baseball Prospectus annual, could have been content to rest on their laurels. Instead, "Baseball Prospectus 2016" contains significant improvements along with the usual key stat categories, player predictions and insider-level commentary that readers expect from Baseball Prospectus annual guide. "Baseball Prospectus 2016" once again provides fantasy players and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which "Sports Illustrated" has called perhaps the game s most accurate projection model. Still, stats are just numbers if you don t see the larger context, and Baseball Prospectus brings together an elite team of analysts to provide the definitive look at all thirty teams their players, their prospects and their managers to explain away flukes, hot streaks, injury-tainted numbers and park effects. Nearly every major-league team has sought the advice of current or former Prospectus analysts, and readers of "Baseball Prospectus" 2016 will understand what all those insiders have been raving about. In a book that sports personality Ken Tremendous calls The tip of the nerd spear, the team at Baseball Prospectus is proud to bring the following improvements to the 2016 Annual: Two full years of projections PECOTA lines for 2016 and 2017 Historical Peak MPH added for major-league pitchers Deserved Run Average (DRA) added for major-league pitchers cFIP added for major-league and minor-league pitchers Pitcher WARP redesigned, utilizing DRA and cFIP for all pitchers Revised cFIP-driven PECOTA pitching projections Catcher-specific defensive stats for all catchers Double-A and above Outfield assists and catcher defense integrated in FRAA and WARP Ballpark schematic and wall height study for every stadium Hit List, finance, and farm system ranking graphs for each team Every organization s key front office personnel and Baseball Prospectus alumni identified"
FRONT OFFICES EVERYWHERE AGREE: "BASEBALL PROSPECTUS" KNOWS PROSPECTS. "Futures Guide 2016" gives you all this and more: The "Baseball Prospectus" Top 101 Prospects, with complete commentary from "Baseball Prospectus 2016." Top 10 Prospects for every major-league team: 300 prospect capsules, with exclusive updates to account for trades and other player movement since original publication date. Bonus listing of the Top 10 under 25, as well as state-of-the-system and front office summaries. "Baseball Prospectus"' 2016 Organizational Rankings. Every major-league organization, dissected and ranked from top to bottom. The "Baseball Prospectus" fantasy team's Top 100 dynasty league prospects: the guys you need to know to set your dynasty league roster for the rest of the decade. 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, Assistant General Manager, Oakland Athletics"
Each year baseball fans are excited about the top baseball prospectus. This year is no different. Here is a list of the 2016 prospects under the various team names. You will also see the details of the 2016 Top Ten prospects. Standard Mixed Leagues--Hitters High floors and high ceilings are near finished products to match. Each player should spend at least 75 percent of the season in the majors. One. Corey Seager, SS, Dogers Two. Byron Buxton, OF, Twins Three. A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros Four. Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers Five. Trea Turner, SS, Nationals Six. Max Kepler, OF/DH, Twins b. Standard Mixed Leagues—Starting Pitchers Matz gets lumped in here, but he should be the third prospect drafted behind Seager and Buxton. Giolito is the least likely to make 20 big league starts, but he has SP1 upside.
Author: Steven Goldman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2010-02-22
Genre: Sports & Recreation
The best-selling annual baseball preview returns for the 2010 MLB season, providing analysis and critical essays on each of the teams and projections for each player's stats using Nate Silver's PECOTA model. Original.
Author: Jim Albert
Publisher: CRC Press
Release Date: 2017-02-03
This handbook will provide both overviews of statistical methods in sports and in-depth treatment of critical problems and challenges confronting statistical research in sports. The material in the handbook will be organized by major sport (baseball, football, hockey, basketball, and soccer) followed by a section on other sports and general statistical design and analysis issues that are common to all sports. This handbook has the potential to become the standard reference for obtaining the necessary background to conduct serious statistical analyses for sports applications and to appreciate scholarly work in this expanding area.
Author: Leslie A. Heaphy
Release Date: 2017-09-15
Genre: Social Science
Under the guidance of Leslie Heaphy and an editorial board of leading historians, the peer-reviewed journal offers new, authoritative research on all subjects related to black baseball, including the Negro major and minor leagues, teams, and players; pre-Negro League organization and play; barnstorming; segregation and integration; class, gender, and ethnicity; the business of black baseball; and the arts.
"Ever since Justin Morneau beat out Derek Jeter and a cast of thousands for the MVP, I have been waiting for exactly this book."--Rob Neyer, author of Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball series. From its colorful beginnings more than a century ago, baseball's annual Most Valuable Player Award has become the most prestigious (and contentious) individual honor in the sport. No accolade means more to players, fans or the media. No other award can claim a voting history so rich in alleged snubs, grudges, conspiracies and incompetence. Examining the most controversial ballots, this book attempts to settle some arguments and answer some compelling questions: Which of the so-called "worst MVPs" holds up to modern statistical analysis? Who cast the single worst vote in MVP history? Does racial bias influence the vote? Who really deserved the award in a given year?
Author: Ben Lindbergh
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
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.
With its flexible capabilities and open-source platform, R has become a major tool for analyzing detailed, high-quality baseball data. Analyzing Baseball Data with R provides an introduction to R for sabermetricians, baseball enthusiasts, and students interested in exploring the rich sources of baseball data. It equips readers with the necessary skills and software tools to perform all of the analysis steps, from gathering the datasets and entering them in a convenient format to visualizing the data via graphs to performing a statistical analysis. The authors first present an overview of publicly available baseball datasets and a gentle introduction to the type of data structures and exploratory and data management capabilities of R. They also cover the traditional graphics functions in the base package and introduce more sophisticated graphical displays available through the lattice and ggplot2 packages. Much of the book illustrates the use of R through popular sabermetrics topics, including the Pythagorean formula, runs expectancy, career trajectories, simulation of games and seasons, patterns of streaky behavior of players, and fielding measures. Each chapter contains exercises that encourage readers to perform their own analyses using R. All of the datasets and R code used in the text are available online. This book helps readers answer questions about baseball teams, players, and strategy using large, publically available datasets. It offers detailed instructions on downloading the datasets and putting them into formats that simplify data exploration and analysis. Through the book’s various examples, readers will learn about modern sabermetrics and be able to conduct their own baseball analyses.
"He never felt like a Hall of Famer." "You can't argue with championships." "If he was so good, why were his teams so bad?" On talk shows and in sports bars, statements like these are often made about both underrated and overrated players. It's generally accepted that being in a bigger market or on a winning team can cause a player to be overrated, while the opposite can leave them underrated. Examining pennant races to show how much attention a team receives and which teams are getting the most attention provides a context to this familiar commentary. This book studies the effects of the sports media spotlight (and its absence) on the fortunes of teams in pennant races and Hall of Fame inductees. Along the way, the author brings to light accomplished players most non-fans have probably never heard of.
Author: Leonard Gardner
Publisher: Aufbau Digital
Release Date: 2017-04-11
»Fat City hat mich mehr bewegt als die gesamte Gegenwartsliteratur der letzten Jahre.« Joan Didion Stockton, Kalifornien, 50er Jahre. Im Lido-Box-Gym treffen Ernie Munger und Billy Tully aufeinander. Ernie steht am Anfang seiner Karriere, ist voller Hoffnungen. Billy ist am Ende, will es noch einmal wissen. Ihr Trainer, Ruben Luna, hat schon alles gesehen, er weiß, dass es im Boxen kaum etwas zu holen gibt. Zwischen verlausten Hotelbetten und Pfirsichernte, zwischen Boxring und dunklen Bars, der großen Liebe und der leidlichen Bettgesellschaft, zwischen Hoffnung und Verzweiflung beginnt und vergeht das Leben von Ernie, Billy und Ruben. »Fat City« zählt zu den großen Klassikern der amerikanischen Literatur, der Roman ist das Gegenstück zu Rocky und Co. Keine Heldengeschichte, sondern eine Verbeugung vor dem letzten Willen, der erst erwacht, wenn alle Hoffnung unter den Tisch getrunken ist. Eine Liebeserklärung an eine Zeit, in der man von der Hand in den Mund lebte, aus eigener Kraft alles erreichen und alles zerstören konnte. Gregor Hens gelingt es mit seiner Neuübersetzung meisterhaft, dem einzigartigen Californian-Working-Class-Sound, dem trotzigen Humor und der feinen Melancholie eine deutsche Stimme zu verleihen. »Laufen, kämpfen, lieben, Unkraut jäten oder Obsternte – die Protagonisten des Romans halten niemals inne, nur um nicht von ihrem Verhängnis eingeholt zu werden. Gardner erzählt das so überzeugend, dass wir uns nur an ihre Taten erinnern, nicht an ihre Niederlagen.« The New York Review of Books
Author: Molly Knight
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-07-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
"The inside-the-clubhouse story of two tumultuous years when the Los Angeles Dodgers were re-made from top to bottom, from the ownership of the team to management to the players on the field, becoming the most talked-about and most colorful team in baseball"--