New annual baseball book by the Internet Baseball Writers Association (IBWAA) by Dan Schlossberg. Contains a variety of articles by members of IBWAA on baseball, including an exclusive article of suggestions and strategies for fantasy drafts for the 2025 season. Available on November of each year, beginning November 1, 2024. Place your pre-oder now and you will be billed and your book shipped first in line!
For the past 35 years, ACTA Publications has produced a paperback compendium full of timely information and entertaining, educational, and informative essays written by Bill James and other accomplished baseball thinkers.
The Chicago-based publisher is switching gears for 2025 with a new project, named Here’s The Pitch after the six-times-weekly newsletter written and published by the Internet Baseball Writers Association of America [IBWAA].
The first edition, to be published on November 1, 2025, will contain controversies, opinions, and articles on topics ranging from future expansion to likely Hall of Famers, with attention to such subjects as pitchers in pursuit of 300 wins, rookies who might blossom into stars, and owners overlooked by Cooperstown.
Dan Schlossberg, weekend editor of the ‘Here’s The Pitch’ newsletter, is a former Associated Press sportswriter who currently covers the game for forbes.com, USA TODAY Sports Weekly, Sports Collectors Digest, Memories & Dreams, and other outlets.
He is also the author of more than three-dozen books, including this year’s Home Run King: the Remarkable Record of Hank Aaron, The New Baseball Bible, and collaborations with Ron Blomberg, Milo Hamilton, and Al Clark.
Elizabeth Muratore and Benjamin Chase, who each edit a pair of weekday newsletters for the IBWAA, will be associate editors of the new project.
The book will be written exclusively by members of the IBWAA who already contribute to the five-year-old newsletter.
Schlossberg will select and edit the articles for the book, which will emphasize writing and research over statistics and analytics. Fantasy baseball, including suggestions for drafting for each upcoming season, will also be included exclusively in each annual edition.
ACTA Publications publisher Greg Pierce conceived the project after reading multiple editions of Here’s The Pitch, including the expanded weekend editions. “We’re always the first publication in newsstands and bookstores –- almost before the baseball season ends,” he said. “By coming out in November, we fill a void for fans because there’s practically no baseball news between the end of the World Series and start of the winter meetings.
“The IBWAA has some of the best baseball writers in the country and we’re pleased to offer them this opportunity to showcase their work.”
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