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Although you could enjoy this book solely for it's enjoyable, well-written articles, The 2007 Hardball Times Baseball Annual has quickly become one of the most valued statistical references for anyone involved in baseball.
The History section contains articles on The Federal League, The Most Valuable Pitchers of All Time, The Best Outfield Arms of Our Time, and the most in-depth analysis of Tommy John Surgery ever compiled.
The Analysis section provides expanded and revamped coverage of batted ball types and their run values, a statistical method for predicting a breakout season, and a definitive look at team and player Win Probability Added.
Other statistics include Team Fielding Bible +/- rankings, pitches per at bat, defensive efficiency ratio, fielding independent pitching, win shares, batted ball statistics, and many more.
It also provides divisional reviews for 2006, the World Series review, team-by-team statistics, and the Hardball Times' trademark graphs. Peppered in among THT's usual witty and insightful contributers' articles are exclusive commentaries by Rob Neyer, John Dewan, and other guest writers.
If you have an open mind and a love of statistics, this is the book for you.
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