Derek Bain is a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games who enjoys spending quality time with his family. Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises was published in 2015 and received runner-up honors in the Shelf Unbound 2016 Best Indie Book contest.
"General Manager Scorecard" and the "Worst Trades" chapters evaluates the front office acumen of top MLB executives since 1950. "Taking the Extra Base" examines the art of base running on an individual and team basis. Trivia for one of the most breathtaking plays in baseball is chronicled in "Fun Facts About Inside-the-Park Home Runs". "The Journey From Expansion to Competitive Team" chronicles the path to success for each franchise established since 1960. "Rotisserie vs. Reality" measures organizational performance by the standard Fantasy Baseball categories. The "Best Pitchers Who Never Threw a No-Hitter" are determined based on Sabermetric principles, "BABIP By Location" is a comprehensive look at individual and league statistics with regards to batted balls in play. The WBC is re-imagined back to the dawn of professional ball in "Baseball Birthplaces and the Retro World Baseball Classic". Rediscover your favorite hardball arcade and simulations in "Play Retro Baseball Video Games In Your Browser". "Minors vs. Majors" assesses every franchise's minor league successes and failures in relation to their major league operations.
In Hardball Retrospective, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original teams. Using a variety of advanced statistics and methods, I generated revised standings for each season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the real-time or “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.
Edited by Marianne Landrum. Foreword by Don Daglow.