The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches

The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches

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by Bill James, Rob Neyer
     
 

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Pitchers, the pitches they throw, and how they throw them — these days it's the stuff of constant scrutiny, but there's never been anything like a comprehensive source for such information. That's what preeminent baseball analyst Bill James and ESPN.com baseball columnist Rob Neyer realized over lunch more than a dozen years ago. Since then, they've

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Pitchers, the pitches they throw, and how they throw them — these days it's the stuff of constant scrutiny, but there's never been anything like a comprehensive source for such information. That's what preeminent baseball analyst Bill James and ESPN.com baseball columnist Rob Neyer realized over lunch more than a dozen years ago. Since then, they've been compiling the centerpiece of this book, the "Pitcher Census," which lists specific information for nearly two thousand pitchers, ranging throughout the history of professional baseball. The Guide also offers:

  • A "dictionary" describing virtually every known pitch
  • The origins and development of baseball's most important pitches
  • Top ten lists: best fastballs, best spitballs, and everything in between
  • Biographies of some of the great pitchers who have been overlooked
  • More knuckleballers and submariners than you ever thought existed
  • An open debate concerning pitcher abuse and durability
  • A formula for predicting the Cy Young Award winner
  • Something fresh and new: Bill James' "Pitcher Codes"

The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers is about understanding pitchers, and baseball's action always starts with the pitchers. It's also about entertaining debates and having a great deal of fun with the history of a game that obsesses so many.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Pioneer stat maven James (The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract ), now senior baseball operations adviser for the Red Sox, has teamed with ESPN.com baseball columnist Neyer for an unusual book. Aiming to fill what they see as an information gap, they detail the key pitches of pitchers both great and small throughout the game's history-a compendium of what they threw and how. The heart of the book is a "Pitcher Census" covering some 2000 moundsmen. Each entry provides some bare-bone stats, a notation about pitch selection or key pitch, and quotations from books, articles, and other sources documenting the information. This is in many ways a reference book, as it is hardly something a fan would want to read from cover to cover. The authors do make things entertaining, however, by inserting thought-provoking essays on some overlooked near greats (e.g., Billy Pierce, Bob Friend, and Lon Warneke) and some lively, if debatable, lists of best pitchers and pitches in different eras. Stat-heads will enjoy! Recommended for larger baseball literature collections.-Paul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780743261586
Publisher:
Touchstone
Publication date:
06/15/2004
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
496
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.16(d)

Meet the Author

Bill James made his mark in the 1970s and 1980s with his Baseball Abstracts. He has been tearing down preconceived notions about America's national pastime ever since. He is currently the Senior Advisor on Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox. James lives in Lawrence, Kansas, with his wife, Susan McCarthy, and three children.

Rob Neyer has written about baseball for ESPN.com since 1996 and appears regularly on ESPNews. He has written four baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James) and Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups. His website, www.robneyer.com, contains additional material related to this and his other books.

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The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: An Historical Compendium of Pitching, Pitchers, and Pitches 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book covers what individual pitcher's pitches have been throughout baseball's history. It also attempts to explain what each pitch type (2 seam fastball, 4 seam fastball, palm ball, splitfinger fastball, ect.) do, and how they are thrown. This is a most have for any baseball diehard! I reference it prior to watching major league games.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great history it names and tells about a lot of pitchers I even learned some new pitches from this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago