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

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 16, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 496 pages
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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.
  

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

User Review  - Big League Manager - Goodreads

This book is the product of amazing research. A reference book listing the types of pitches thrown by nearly every major league pitcher. Amazing! Not of general interest, but if you want to know, for ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Big League Manager - Goodreads

This book is the product of amazing research. A reference book listing the types of pitches thrown by nearly every major league pitcher. Amazing! Not of general interest, but if you want to know, for ... Read full review

Contents

PITCHES 464 A Response in Defense of PAP 3 What Do You Call That Thing? 467 E M Cy Squared
3
All the Pitches We Could Find 472 Lucky Bastards
11
The Mighty Fastball 476 Unique Records
23
The Best Fastballs of Each HalfDecade 481 Pitcher Codes
27
The Curious Curve
33
The Changing ChangeUp
35
The Undefinable Slider
37
The Dancing Knuckleball
40
Tony Mullane
65
Wilbur Cooper
72
Eddie Rommel
75
Mel Harder
81
Lon Warneke
85
Tommy Bridges
92
Bucky Walters
98
Billy Pierce
103

The Forkball Fast and Slow
45
Fading Away
52
The Unsanitary Spitball
56
PITCHERS
59
Tommy Bond
61
Bob Friend
108
Pitcher Census
115
Knuckleballers
438
Submariners
443
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About the author (2008)

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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