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The Fielding Bible

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It's easy to understand why fans love big hitters like Barry Bonds and Albert Pujols. It's also relatively easy to measure their success as hitters. A comprehensive fielding analysis, by comparison, has never been available to the average fan. For the first time ever, that information is now contained in The Fielding Bible, the most comprehensive analysis of fielding stati...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by ACTA Publications
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Tommy
Nov 22, 2007 Tommy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: baseball fans
this is an essential to any dedicated fan who loves baseball and statistics. Errors and fielding percentage are from the stone age and now Zone Rating and Range Factor are old news because they've been improved upon by John Dewan and Bill James and the new plus/minus system demonstrates even further how far dedicated baseball men are willing to go to understand fielding.

Play by play analysis of every fielding play using 260 vectors on the field and split into three categories of how hard the hit...more
Justin
Nov 13, 2008 Justin rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: baseball nerds
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For real nerds only. The essays are interesting, but the bulk of the book is simply stats, in line with the authors' intent to compile as much information as possible.

Even so, it's the expository sections that are most compelling. The stuff on Jeter is pleasing. More interesting is not only *that* but *why* Mike Lowell is overrated, or the hints of A-Rod's strengths and weaknesses (sure hands and fielding the bunt).

A little outdated by this point, as the most recent stats are from 2005.
Richie C.
Statistics on defensive ability haven't been improved in a long time. This book makes a good attempt at doing so.
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