The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers : An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches
Pitchers, the pitches they throw, and how they throw them -- these days it's the stuff of constant scrutiny, but there's never been anything like a comprehensive source for such information. That's what preeminent baseball analyst Bill James and ESPN.com baseball columnist Rob Neyer realized over lunch more than a dozen years ago. Since then, they've been compiling the centerpiece of this book, the "Pitcher Census," which lists specific information for nearly two thousand pitchers, ranging throughout the history of professional baseball. The Guide also offers:A "dictionary" describing virtually every known pitchThe origins and development of baseball's most important pitchesTop ten lists: best fastballs, best spitballs, and everything in betweenBiographies of some of the great pitchers who have been overlookedMore knuckleballers and submariners than you ever thought existedAn open debate concerning pitcher abuse and durabilityA formula for predicting the Cy Young Award winnerSomething fresh and new: Bill James' "Pitcher Codes"The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers is about understanding pitchers, and baseball's action always starts with the pitchers. It's also about entertaining debates and having a great deal of fun with the history of a game that obsesses so many.
- Electronic book text
- 16 Jun 2008
- SIMON & SCHUSTER
- United States
- 70 b&w halftones throughout
About Bill James
Bill James made his journalistic mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his bestseller Baseball Abstracts. His unique insight and talent for crunching numbers in unique ways blew open a whole new way of looking at the world. He is credited for setting the stage for others who combine maths with great narrative, such as Malcolm Gladwell. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox and lives in Kansas, with his wife and three children.