The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2011 compiles some of the best analytical and historical writing on baseball with unique and innovative statistics into a timeless annual guide. This comprehensive book covers the entire 2010 season from the first pitch to the last out.
The goods in this year's Annual include:
- Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions and the folks at Sportvision are both going to talk about their latest data collection efforts. Jedlovec will discuss the "hang time" of batted balls while Sportvision will discuss the FIELDf/x system they implemented in San Francisco this year. Both articles will include some preliminary results and findings.
- Along those lines, Dave Cameron will discuss the state of fielding analysis in the sabermetric community and Brian Cartwright will take a new and improved look at some of the dimensions behind fielding analysis.
- Craig Wright, one of the very first sabermetricians to really study pitcher usage and pitch counts, has written a treatise on the subject that includes some history, his prior research, and his current thinking.
- Vince Gennaro, who wrote Diamond Dollars: The Economics of Winning in Baseball and consults with several major league teams about player contracts and team economics, talks about some of the recent highlights and lowlifes in free agent contracts.
- Sean Smith revisits the subject of whether catchers can impact pitcher ERA, while Nick Steiner is going to use PITCHf/x data and his own game observations to analyze the issue of catchers framing pitches.
- Chris Jaffe has figured out the best and worst benches of all time, and he's going to tell you who they were.
- John Walsh will revisit, in more detail, the question of umpire bias at the plate by using PITCHf/x data in even more detail.
- Jeremy Greenhouse also will use PITCHf/x data to delve even further into the question of pitcher "stuff" and "command."
- Larry Granville of Wezen-ball will present the things he found out while watching every single home run hit this year on videotape. He also has a terrific piece on today's fan experience.
- Jeff Sackmann will use historical Marcel projections to uncover some of the best unexpected results and underlying trends in baseball history.
In addition, Craig Calcaterra will present his skewed version of this year's happenings. Tom Tango has three things he's always wanted to finish researching. Dave Studenmund is going to talk about this year's batted balls and WPA results. John Dewan will discuss team defense. Greg Rybarczyk will have his own findings from this year's Hit Tracker results. Brian Borawski will review the year's baseball business. Rob Neyer will have something but we're not really sure yet what it will be. (Love the suspense.)