There are a great number of exceptional baseball books on the market. But if you are only going to buy one, this is the one to buy.
For more than 30 years, Bill James has been at the forefront of innovation in baseball statistics. Never one to rest on assumptions, his questions about baseball challenge the "conventional" wisdom. Sometimes his questions have pointed to answers, sometimes not. And sometimes they lead to revolutionary approaches to baseball analysis that are being applied at the major league level today.
In The Bill James Gold Mine 2010, James is still asking questions. And with these and other new essays, he tills the unturned soil of baseball's establishment:
• On the Move • The Attribution Problem • The Doubles Record • Notes on the 1974 World Series • Four Chicagos for Cooperstown • Percentage of Full Careers • Right Place for an RBI Man? • What I Would Do with the All-Star Game • Comparing Starting Pitchers Across History • 2009-2010 Young Talent Inventory •Not only have his questions made him famous, but his innovative and sometimes quirky statistics have created legions of Bill James fans. The Bill James Gold Mine 2010 also contains the innovative profiles and nuggets of statistical information fans have come to expect, including:
• Pitch Type Analysis • Baserunning Analysis • Pitcher's Record of Opposing Batters • Performance by Starting Pitcher • Productivity by Batting Order Position • Fielding Bible Plus/Minus DataBill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his mind-blowing Baseball Abstracts. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America's national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Baseball Operations Advisor for the Boston Red Sox.
The 352-page book is only $23.95 and can be obtained by calling ACTA Sports at 847/676-2282 or by sending a check to ACTA at 5559 W. Howard Street, Skokie, IL 60077. You won't be sorry.