By Dave Studenmund, Paul Swydan
The Hardball occasions Annual 2014 is the last word baseball annual...the "MVP of baseball annuals." Now in its 10th 12 months, this year's version comprises greater than 30 articles from a few of the best-known writers in baseball this day, such as...
- Dave Cameron
- invoice James
- Joe Posnanski
- Rob Neyer
- Craig Wright
- Jeff Sullivan
- Dave Studenmund
- Craig Calcaterra
...and many different nice writers. subject matters comprise whole insurance of the 2013 season, precise concentrate on a number of the largest staff and participant surprises (and busts), exact takes on baseball heritage and state of the art sabermetric analysis.
When you learn The Hardball instances Annual 2014 you'll discover:
- How the Pirates and Dodgers placed their groups together
- What used to be in the back of Chris Davis' nice season, and why we should always fear approximately his future
- a few basic modifications among pitching and hitting prospects
- How the strike area has replaced some time past 5 years (spoiler alert: a lot)
- the place Roger Clemens ranks within the record of all-time most sensible pitchers
- How groups are creatively using the shift opposed to sure hitters.
If you're a baseball fan craving to maintain that flame burning in the course of the offseason, The Hardball occasions Annual is for you.
As activities Weekly acknowledged, "There are numerous baseball books that pop out each year for the vacation season, yet none as well-rounded and entire because the Hardball occasions Baseball Annual."
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