****AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1st****
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.
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
Rich Snyder (Submitted on Dec 20th 2016)
This book is a winning combination of humor and drama and is totally rooted in facts. You'll laugh at loud and be amazed at the knowledge you'll gain.
Unknown (Submitted on Nov 24th 2016)
can't do without it......
Unknown (Submitted on Nov 20th 2016)
This tome is the best prescription for defeating the post-MLB season blues. (No, the NFL and NBA do not help.) Thank you for providing it in such a timely fashion each November 1. Food for thought and an aggressive stance toward making baseball even more fascinating for us fans. Check it out!
Donald Southworth (Submitted on Nov 14th 2016)
This is a terrific book. There is a lot of information in it that you won't find anywhere else. I rue the day when this book is no longer published.
I do have a few quibbles with it, though. For example, Boston's offense Left on Base number in the handbook is 1771, whereas on BB-Ref it is 1162. The 1162 numbers seems to me to be much more reasonable than the 1771 number.
Also, the Bases Taken info doesn't agree with BB-Ref either. Altuve is shown on BB-Ref with 19 and in the Handbook he shows 21. The odd thing about that is that the definition of bases taken is more restrictive in the handbook than the BB-Ref definition.
Michael Russell (Submitted on Nov 12th 2016)
Have been getting this book every year since the 2005 version with Jorge Posada on the cover. Appreciate the constant additions over the years. Love stats but as a long time baseball fanatic I find some of the more advanced metric a bit much. Only one personal critique. I would like to see "whip" as a stat category on the individual pitcher year by year and career summaries. Thanks for providing this great book each season.
Gene Mueller (Submitted on Nov 12th 2016)
I have purchased this book over the last 20 years. love it.
Rick Hakken (Submitted on Nov 12th 2016)
I rely on BKH for preparation for my rookie draft in Feb. I'm in the oldest ongoing Strat-o-matic league in the country and I have all the handbooks going back to their inception.
I would appreciate more complete projections on rookie pitchers(Urias, DeLeon, Giolito etc.)
I rely on the splits, the fielding info and the projections to prepare for my draft. BJH rules.
WADEWIL@auburn.edu (Submitted on Nov 12th 2016)
Buy this book every year! Must have for all baseball fans