• The Bill James Handbook 2012

    Posted by on January 17th, 2012 · Comments (2)

    I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m a raving fan of the Bill James Handbook which is produced annually by the good folks at Baseball Info Solutions and Acta Sports.

    That said, I was wondering if I would like The Bill James Handbook 2012 – since good things sometimes lose their luster through the years.

    Well, I can now share that I still love this book!  As in the past, it contains the following along with the career stats of every current big league player:

    • The Fielding Bible Awards
    • Runs Saved and Plus/Minus Leaders
    • Pitcher Projections
    • Hitter Projections
    • Baserunning Analysis
    • Manufactured Runs
    • Team Efficiency Summary
    • Player Win-Shares
    • 2011 Leader Boards
    • Manager’s Records
    • Instant Replay Records
    • Hall of Fame Monitor

    However, new, this year, it also includes a (1) Pitch Repertoire Section detailing pitch type breakdowns for all pitchers in baseball and (2) Rotation vs. Bullpen team charts showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of each team’s pitching staff.

    My favorite part of having this book? Thumbing through the pages and landing, at random, at a player’s career stats or some leader board or another part of the book. And, then using what you find to get your baseball thoughts going – where you then look up something else that the data forces into your head…and you keep doing it over and over from there. You can get lost for an hour, easy, each day, doing that with The Bill James Handbook 2012.  It’s a wonderful off-season baseball fan companion.  And, it’s handy to refer to during the season too.

    Comments on The Bill James Handbook 2012

    1. Jim TreshFan
      January 19th, 2012 | 11:09 am

      I got mine as soon as it hit the shelves in November. I don’t know, I guess I’m just old fashioned. I just need to have a portable print resource (aka “book”) to go over every off season. Many years ago, before the internet, before sports talk radio, before Bill James, and even before The Baseball Encyclopedia, during those dreary months between the ending of the World Series and the opening of Spring Training, I would pore over and over my Baseball Digests again and again and again, and wait ever so impatiently for the appearance of two publications: Who’s Who In Baseball and Street and Smith’s Baseball magazine. And when they came I would be in pig heaven.
      I still get the Baseball Digest—I don’t know why, I don’t read it much anymore; but it’s hard to dump an old friend. Who’s Who is still coming out each year with the same format and the same data as they did back in the day, but I haven’t bought a copy since—when? I can’t remember…whenever I picked up my first Bill James, I guess—and Street and Smith’s with their invaluable “Players Targets” section has been superceded as well. So goes life: some things you let go of and some things you just can’t.

    2. January 19th, 2012 | 12:26 pm

      I hear you Jim.

      As much as I love Lee’s CBE and B-R.com, I too have a think for the print media. Give me The Baseball Encyclopedia or Total Baseball. I can lose myself for hours in those pages. For me, it’s a wonderful trip and they were a great tool. Sad that they don’t make them anymore.

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