Plugging The 2011 Hardball Times Annual

In the interest of full disclosure, I am included among the writers in this year’s book from the guys at The Hardball Times, but I do not receive additional income from sales of the book. The opinions that follow are simply how I feel about their product, and not some kind of scheme to make any extra money for myself.

Sitting about four feet away from me is a copy of The 2011 Hardball Times Annual. I would love to give you a full review of the book, but that would require me to read the whole thing, and given the depth of content in this year’s copy, that will take me a while. So, instead, here’s a few of my favorite tidbits that I’ve picked up from the book so far, which double as reasons why you should go buy this thing right now.


Aroldis Chapman‘s fastball is four standard deviations above the mean for southpaws.

— Jeremy Greenhouse, “Scouting By Numbers”

Umpire bias in favor of the home team is pretty small, but it accounts for a little more than a third of the home-field advantage, which is not small.

John Walsh, “That Was A Strike?”

Kansas City’s home park is truly unique in that none of the five fields are even close to favorable to hitters.

— Greg Rybarczyk, “Ultimate Home Run Park Factors”

For the 271 multi-year free agent contracts signed in the last seven years, 44 percent of the players had their highest WAR over the four years preceding free agency in their walk years.

— Vince Gennaro, “What Were They Really Worth?”

I’m not even halfway through the book yet, but it still stands out as one of the more interesting collections of ideas I’ve read this year. Studes has put together another book that really does have something for everyone, and I’d highly encourage you to pick up a copy.

If you buy it directly from Acta Sports, rather than through a third party, a significantly larger percentage of the sale will go to THT, and help keep them doing good work like this every winter. If you do decide to buy it from Amazon or another discounter, consider tossing a few dollars to the guys over there as a tip. They deserve it.



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bensbias
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5 years 8 months ago

Link worked, but once I added the item to the cart I couldn’t continue once I selected my choice of shipping.

Anyone else having similar problems?

Tim
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Tim
5 years 8 months ago

Same problem.

James III
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James III
5 years 8 months ago

I had no luck with the “send a few dollars” link….

d
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d
5 years 8 months ago

What a surprise. 2 or 3 or 4 years ago, I bought from Amazon and tried to make a donation from the Hardball site for the difference or more. Link didn’t work, and they (Studes) were not able to enable it for me. Make it a hassle to donate, and the desire to do so goes away rapidly. So I have ordered from Amazon for the last few years, and enjoyed the savings, and have not felt a tinge of guilt.

gradygradychase
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gradygradychase
5 years 8 months ago

I’m Japanese, living in Japan. Every morning I go to the sites like FanGraphs, insidethebook.com, The Hardball Times and Beyond the Box Score, and read the fantastic articles many great saberists wrote. This is my routine and I heartly enjoy it.

I love baseball, sabermetrics and of course have been looking forward to getting this year’s THT Annual.

But in Japan this book has not been sold on Amazon yet.
I miss it…

Chris
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5 years 8 months ago

I will definitely pick up a copy!

pft
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pft
5 years 8 months ago

I have been buying this for the last 5 years. Pretty disappointed in last years issue though. There were only 3 articles I found interesting. Presumably the quality regresses to mean this year.

EMD
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EMD
5 years 8 months ago

Why do all Dave Cameron articles, even the tiniest, throwaway piece like this, have an underlying tone that is just insufferable…

Schu
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Schu
5 years 8 months ago

Because you’re a whiny bitch.

CCW
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CCW
5 years 8 months ago

Whiny or not, he’s basically correct.

slamcactus
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slamcactus
5 years 8 months ago

I’d go with ankle-biting loser, personally.

I’m sorry that you haven’t been able to turn your passion for baseball into a full-time writing gig like Dave has. Get over it. If you don’t enjoy his work, don’t read it. Thousands of people do.

Gio
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Gio
5 years 8 months ago

Ask a question, end with an ellipsis.

Josh Shepardson
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Josh Shepardson
5 years 8 months ago

Because you choose to look for one.

mbrady16
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mbrady16
5 years 8 months ago

Well, I’m sure that pretending Dave is some kind of “insufferable” enemy of yours helps you justify your life. I guess the new saying should be if you can’t be them or beat them, hate and troll them.

keegs
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keegs
5 years 8 months ago

I like Mr. Cameron, but in a site full of dry, humorless dudes (excluding C. Cistulli, obv), he is the driest and the least humorous. Well, at least he is here: I’m sure his non-baseball writing life is full of many a rich belly-laugh.

Don’t be afraid to mix in some jokes or zings, Dave! We’re not robots — we just want to replace all baseball players with them.

ROC
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ROC
5 years 8 months ago

and Umps!

mbrady16
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mbrady16
5 years 8 months ago

Also managers, assuming you even need one of those :)

ACTA Sports
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5 years 8 months ago

Sorry to hear that the links to purchase the book from our site aren’t working. We’ve tested them here and they seem to be operating normally. If anyone is still having problems please call 800-397-2282 and we’ll be happy to take your order over the phone with a 20% discount for the inconvenience. Just make sure to mention FanGraphs.com when you call.

studes
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studes
5 years 8 months ago

Hey all,

I’m guessing the the Chrome browser is the issue here. The ACTA site is scheduled for an update soon, but the current one may not work in Chrome. It should still work in Explorer and Firefox, however.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

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