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

James, Bill and Rob Neyer

ISBN 10: 0743261585 / ISBN 13: 9780743261586
Published by Fireside, 2004
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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Second printing. Inscribed and signed by coauthor Neyer on the front endpaper: "For Chase / You should know this: all pitchers are crazy. And for the rest, see within. / Yours / Rob Neyer." Book is tight and unmarked; slight spine slant; spine and wraps uncreased. Mylar protected. Bookseller Inventory # 003446

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Title: The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers: A ...

Publisher: Fireside

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

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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.

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. 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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