Let’s discuss the THT Annual

This is the place to leave your questions, comments and complaints about the THT Annual. We’ll try to answer all questions as quickly as possible though we just might ignore your complaints. You can read about the Annual, including an abbreviated table of contents, in this post.

You can purchase the Annual at Amazon as well as the Kindle Store. There are plans to roll it out to Amazon Europe and Nook very soon. We get the most financial support if you purchase it for a dollar more at our own store, though you’ll have to pay for shipping fees when you do. Sorry about that.

Regardless of how you get it, ask your questions about the Annual here. And a favorable review at Amazon would be very helpful too. Just sayin’.


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Jim
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Jim

Just bought the Kindle edition.  Thanks for the update.

Shane Meredith
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Shane Meredith

Bought my hard copy yesterday. I have every year. I would like to have them on my Nook also but I can’t justify buying a book twice. I was just wondering, is there some kind of special discount ( like free grin )for people who purchase the hard copy?

obsessivegiantscompulsive
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obsessivegiantscompulsive

Amazon is starting to provide Kindle options on your future and past book purchases.  Some are free, like, for example, the new Beatles book, which I got on Kindle days before the book was delivered to me.  For other books I’ve bought, the cost of getting Kindle version ranged from 0.99 to 1.99 to 2.99, and I’m sure the gamut will be covered with time.

I like having the paperback version but would be willing shell out a little extra to get the Kindle as well.

Tom Jefferson
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Tom Jefferson
Greetings.  I am still reading the excellent HT Annual, and have a question on the fascinating Jon Roegele pitch/fx analysis on the changing strike zone.  This, combined with defensive alignment changes analyzed by Zimmerman, and the fangraphs article on increasing % of pitchers hitting 95 mph, all provide evidence for the improving pitcher basic stats versus hitter stats over the last few years. Question:  What additional factors could be involved?  Is there any evidence that younger pitchers have the advantage over younger hitters (in the majors, since I believe it is true in the minors).  Is that extractable from the… Read more »
studes
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studes
Great question, Mr. Jefferson. I like the Joe Maddon quote in that article, saying that data developments tend to help defense. One thing that would be very difficult to determine is pitch selection. Perhaps pitchers have become more savvy? Pitchf/x provides pitchers and their coaches with a ton of detail, and my guess is they are using it in ways we don’t know. Better identifying when pitchers are tired, or better information on batter/pitcher matchups. The younger pitcher vs. younger batter issue is an interesting one.  Pitchers do tend to peak earlier than hitters and, as Bill James pointed out… Read more »
Tom Jefferson
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Tom Jefferson
My hypothesis is that a good young pitcher (that has survived injury and ineffectiveness and made it to the big leagues, and as Bill James believes is more likely than a young hitter to get their chance at a younger age or experience level, on average), has more advantages than a young hitter, and in fact has advantage over more established hitters that dont yet have the book on them, and that then it becomes a battle of learning curves, but the young good pitcher will always be ahead of the hitters.  And that is because of all the reasons… Read more »
Jon Roegele
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Jon Roegele
Thanks for the feedback Tom. I’m glad that you found my article (and the book in general) interesting. I haven’t received my copy of the book yet, so don’t have the full context at this point that you’re thinking about here. In general though, I believe that advanced analytical data does best serve parts of the game that are more “proactive” so to speak. In other words, pitchers are in control of which type of pitch they throw and to which location (well, except the Marmols of the league). Likewise, defensive players have the luxury of positioning themselves between active… Read more »
Brian Oakchunas
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Brian Oakchunas
Thanks for starting this thread. I love reading the annual, but we’ve all become so used to having an interactive experience with articles that it’s hard to finish one and not have a comments section. Not to argue with Bill James, but I’m going to. The reason pitching prospects fail is because THEY WEREN’T THAT GOOD IN THE FIRST PLACE. How many pitching “prospects” have BB/9 MLEs over four or K/9 equivalencies under five or, often, both? I understand they have talent but they are not yet realizing it, even in the minors. James talks about an inability to make… Read more »
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