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.
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About 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, as well as the author of The Man from the Train. 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
Excellent addition to any baseball fan's library. Probably worth buying the book alone for Neyer & James essays on each type of pitch thrown in the majors. Excellent breakdowns as to how and why a fork ball is different than a splitter and how a two seamer & a cutter are nearly the same and so forth. The history aspect, which covers a good majority of the book - essentially a breakdown of what each major league pitcher in the history of baseball threw, I found interesting but nothing more than a passing interest.
Great history it names and tells about a lot of pitchers I even learned some new pitches from this book