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Bill James Handbook 2017 - spiral

Bill James Handbook 2017 - spiral

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Baseball is still “The National Pastime,” and one of the reasons is that there are many different ways to enjoy the game. Some people are captivated by the pure physical beauty of ballparks—whether in the major or the minor leagues, on a college or high school campus, or just at a local park or playground. For example, when people see the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field—especially if it is in October when the leaves have already turned and baseball is still being played—they are transported to a magical place indeed. For others, the enjoyment of baseball is in watching one of the greatest games ever invented. There is nothing better than the drama of a close play at the plate, the grace of a fielder diving and catching a ball, or the excitement of a runner taking off to steal second base in a close game. For many of us, however, it’s the numbers of the game that provide our greatest enjoyment. Whether it is just keeping our own scorecard or understanding the nuances of On-base Plus Slugging (OPS) or Wins Above Replacement (WAR), baseball lends itself to statistical analysis perhaps better than any other human endeavor—or at least any other human endeavor that is so much fun!

-- John Dewan, co-author, The Fielding Bible

Bill James and the team at Baseball Info Solutions are dedicated to producing the best stats, and the best analysis of those stats, which is why baseball fans and professionals alike study The Bill James Handbook as soon as it comes out each year—the first-to-market, most comprehensive, and most fun baseball annual for 28 consecutive years. Here is the 2017 edition, complete with:

New! Hits Gained and Lost to the Shift
Exclusive! The Annual Fielding Bible Awards
Updated! Leader Boards, Defensive Shifts, Pitch Velocity, Managers, Park Indices
New! Long Fly Out & Home Run Breakdowns
Complete! Career Data for Every 2016 Major Leaguer (and a few bonus players)
Unique! Win Shares, Career Targets, Hall of Fame Monitor, Instant Replay Analysis
First! Hitter & Pitcher Projections for 2017

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  1. Great product/Shipping poor. 5 Star Review

    (Submitted on Jan 10th 2017)

    I yearly order the spiral bound Bill James. The book/information is first rate. However the shipping is slow and the book has often arrived (about half the time) damaged. If the local bookstore carried the spiral bound edition I would purchase it there. I ordered in mid December and it has not arrived yet. E mails say it has shipped but.......

  2. The best can still be better; remember you asked! 5 Star Review

    (Submitted on Nov 28th 2016)

    Comments on Bill James Handbook 2016
    Baseball fans root for teams. Fantasy baseball owners root for players. That may be an oversimplification, but it goes to the heart of my discussion on how I believe the Bill James Handbook can be improved. The handbook does an excellent job at player analysis, but, I believe, needs to add more team analysis. There is a smattering of team analysis scattered throughout the handbook, but more is needed so the reader can see the connection between player performance and team performance. Example: if I were a Yankees fan, I would like to know how my regular third baseman performed in comparison to the other regular third baseman and the league averages in regards to both h hitting and fielding. How much of a weak spot was the performance of the player that the Yankees used as a regular third baseman? This question applies to for areas of team performance I would like to see included in future editions.

    The table on page 38, Team Defense, is an excellent way to begin to illustrate my point. This table emphasizes team performance concerning fielding. Here is what I would suggest be added to make this section even more relevant.
    1. Retain the table currently shown on page 38. Add to page 38, a second table showing team ranking by position as compared with other teams in the division and with all teams in the major leagues.
    2. On a team by team basis, list the regular player for each position; showing his performance, thus tying him in to what was displayed on page 38.
    Using the Yankees as an example, their table would be:
    C: Brian McCann here you would include McCann’s figures as on page 342
    1B: Mark Teixeira his figures would be taken from page 339
    2B: Starlin Castro use figures on page 339
    3B: Chase Headley use figures on page 339
    Obviously, Gregorius, Gardner, Elsberry would be listed for SS, LF, CF
    RF: would list Hicks (497 inn), Judge (216 inn) possibly Refansnyder (133)
    P: would list the top five in innings played
    The section will thus include: Page 38 expanded, plus one page for each team.

    Relief Pitching
    Here you have the opposite of the Team Defense section – –you have the individual players break out by team-- what must be added are two tables to correspond to the two tables proposed in the Team Defense section on page 38.
    1. The first table would show the ranking of each teams relief core based on several factors which could be culled from the following list: games, endings, appearances, ERA, save/hold percentage, runners stranded percentage, average leverage per inning used
    2. the second table would show the actual figures for each of the factors used in the first table.
    The section would consist of: one page with two tables plus one page for each team.

    Starting Pitching
    In this section, like the Relief Pitching section, you would have to add the two tables that correspond to the two tables proposed in the Team Defense section on page 38.
    1. The first table would be similar to the table shown on page 7, except that it would list each pitcher grouped by team. There would also be a team line added after the pitchers: thus, the Yankees starting pitchers
    section would have:
    April 1 May 1 June 1 July 1 August 1 Sept. 1 Season Score
    Tanaka Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank
    Tot inn
    April 1 May 1 June 1 July 1 August 1 Sept. 1 Season Score
    Pineida Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank
    Tot inn
    April 1 May 1 June 1 July 1 August 1 Sept. 1 Season Score
    Eovaldi Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank
    Tot inn
    April 1 May 1 June 1 July 1 August 1 Sept. 1 Season Score
    Severino Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank
    Tot inn
    April 1 May 1 June 1 July 1 August 1 Sept. 1 Season Score
    All SP averages Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank Score rank
    Tot inn

    2. The second table would be a listing of starting pitchers, by teams, and would include only the new analytics, such as FIP, ERA+, as well as Quality Starts, percentage of quality starts, number and percentage of starts by Game Score (below 30, 31-50, 51-61, 62-70, 71 and above)
    The ranking of each factor used would be on the next line. This table
    Would include only the SP who qualify as the MLB standards on innings pitched. Entries would look like, again using the Yankees):

    ERA+ FIP QS Starts QS % <30 31-50 51-61 62-70 71+ Avg GSce
    Tanaka 3.12 3.43 17 22 77% 0 5 13 2 2 58.7
    Rank vs avg 11/5 12/3 6/12 11/8 3/2 1/1 3/5 4/2 3/5 ¾ 5/7

    Obviously, these numbers are made up.
    MLB: 4.21 4.44 13 20 65% 2 5 8 4 1 51.3
    ALEast 4.35 4.64 15 25 60% 3 6 9 5 2

    The section would consist of: one page with two tables plus one page for each team.

    Like the other sections, this section would begin with team tables.


    The first table of this section would be team actual numbers::

    NYY 267/325/376 444 97 11 556/455 54.9% 276 22% 266/276

    ALL OTHER TEAMS SHOWN HERE. Obviously, numbers are made up.

    Last line of table is MLB and division actuals.
    MLB 260/330/396 512 100 4 1123/1337 49.7% 266 18% 255/285

    Table 2 (the second table on page one) would have show teams by ranking. The table might look like:


    Nyy DIV 4/3/5 5 4 2 4 3 3 1 3
    MLB 7/9/21 19 17 13 7 5 5 1 6

    (GB/FB RANKING: Higher number pf GBs is preferable; r/l split-smaller is preferable.)

    (No need to list actual numbers for division or MLB as they are in the previous table.)

    The second page of this summary of Team Offense is basically a ranking by position for each team. The table would separate the numbers generated by the regulars (as listed ion pages 339 to 342, and by DH on page39 ,) and would look like:

    CATCHERS (Regulars):
    NYY 222/256/335/ 11 88 1 150/300 33% 244 33%
    MLBRank 15/15/12 15 13 12 15/15 15 10 15
    DivRank 5/5/4 4 5 4 5/5 5 3 5

    Note: Rankings would be against only the other regular catchers.

    CATCHERS (All others):

    NYY Duplicate the table that is shown for REGULAR CATCHERS.

    All other catchers listed here.

    MlbAvg. 260/330/396 512 100 4 1123/1337 49.7% 266 18%

    Obviously, this section would be long, but it would be
    the most informative for the baseball fan, who then, with the three other proposals-starting pitching,
    relief pitching, and fielding-can clearly distinguish
    the areas that his/her team is good and where it is lacking. The Baseball Fan is a TEAM Fan—he or she roots
    first for the Cubs, the Sox, the Redbirds, the Evil Empire
    before he/she roots for Billy Williams or Joe Pepitone!
    Final comments

    For the “fantasy players’ and the Joe Pepitone fans, You may want to add a
    “Who ranked as the overall best in 20xxx?” (Translated in the handbook to “Who had the most production in 20XXX?

    Breakdown could be by position and would include all aspects of the game.
    There could even be two ranking systems:

    1). The first uses actual numbers and ties together all the measurements used in the handbook. Credit or debits are given for DefRuns Saved, positive outs, baserunning runs, pinching hitting, win shares, OPA+, and whatever else can be given a positive value. Then subtract the bad things to give a single number. These ranking would be based on the value of an actual number—i/e.,
    30 HR, plus 120 RBI, plus 20 BRuns, plus 25 DefRuns, plus 15 win shares =750 points.
    Total points wins.

    2). The second version would be the Electoral College version. Each factor is given a weight, i.e., if you finish first in HRs, you get 10 electors, first in SB-4 electors, first in RBIs,8 electors, etc. You lose electors with things like most CS, minus 25 electors, most FB outs, minus 22 electors, etc. Each category would have a number of values attached, but all would be determined by the performance versus other performances. EX:
    First in HR 50 electors
    Second in HR 47 electors
    Third in HR 45 electors
    Etc until
    Not among the first 50 in HR minus 15 electors
    Not among the first 100 in HR minus 40 electors
    Not amouing the first 250 minus 125 electors

    Then the electors all get together in secret and…

    1). You v
    can either pick a winner based solely on the outcome of system one—the popular vote.
    2). You can pick a winner based solely on the winner of the Electoral College.
    3).You can pick a winner based upon the combined results of system one and system two, which actually will become The Electoral College Version For Tyrants, Dictators, Kings, Queens, and Emperors, who make their numbers come out to reach the conclusion/verdict we held the election so we could pay homage, grace, and all due honors and platitudes to democracy, the rule of law, and the right of the masses to freely select those who will rule as sovereigns until the next
    “hero and savior of humanity” enters from either Stage Right, Stage Left, or Fox News.

  3. Very good......-but one problem. 4 Star Review

    (Submitted on Nov 23rd 2016)

    The only problem: win shares section. Example: Why no win shares for Chase Anderson again this year? Also, many players who had 0 win shares last year and the year before now show that they did have win shares for those years. I keep track and find this very strange -- or just wrong?

  4. Could have been better 4 Star Review

    (Submitted on Nov 22nd 2016)

    I knew that this would come out too early and thus miss all of the winter trades. I would have been just as happy with it if it came out in January or even February so that most players would be on the correct team.

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