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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

by Bill James

Free Press | June 13, 2003 | Trade Paperback

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When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "holy book of baseball." Now, baseball''s beloved "Sultan of Stats" (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium.
Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century''s worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you''ll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James''s signature stats-based ratings method called "Win Shares," a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there''s more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1024 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 1.7 in

Published: June 13, 2003

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743227220

ISBN - 13: 9780743227223

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract

by Bill James

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 1024 pages, 9.25 × 7.38 × 1.7 in

Published: June 13, 2003

Publisher: Free Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743227220

ISBN - 13: 9780743227223

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from Part 2: Player Ratings and Comments

Introduction to the Player Ratings

There are three things that I need to discuss before I can explain how I arrived at the player ratings which appear throughout this section. Those three things are:

  1. Runs Created.
  2. Win Shares.
  3. The Meaning of Statistics.

    Those three things will be the next three articles, after which we will get to:

    1. The Ratings System Used Here.
    2. Clutch Performance.
    3. Win-Based Analysis of Fielding.

      Copyright © 2001 by Bill James

From the Publisher

When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "holy book of baseball." Now, baseball''s beloved "Sultan of Stats" (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium.
Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century''s worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you''ll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James''s signature stats-based ratings method called "Win Shares," a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there''s more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.

Editorial Reviews

Baseball''s most celebrated scholar is back in full flower with this revised and fully updated version of his influential 1985 masterwork.
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