If you’re not familiar with John Burnson’s Graphical Player, you really don’t know what you’re missing. If you make the mistake of flipping through it and saying “I don’t get it!” then you really should rethink your approach to books.
Don’t feel bad — as until you learn how to read the graphs, it seems like a lot of work. But as Burnson says in the intro to the book, “if you can follow the course of a fly ball, you can follow this book.” He’s spot on with that —
Now in it’s 5th edition, the premise of the book is to use the right half of the brain to show a graphical representation of what statistics show the left brain. The result is a faster way to process historical trends and see just what a player has been up to – and whether or not it’s in line with past years or leans to the fluke side.
Burnson also contributes some great analysis of team’s minor league systems, major league ballparks, and a white glove/black glove analysis of defense that provides a snapshot size look at where teams’ strengths and weaknesses are in the field.
For the fantasy player or avid baseball fan, give a strong look at Graphical Player and find a spot for it on your reference shelf. I think you’ll be glad you did.
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