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  • Series: Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 25th Anniversary Edition edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785492
  • ASIN: B006LWEBGU
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,444,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Shandler was the first baseball analyst to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy league play. His groundbreaking concepts and strategies, based on component skills analysis, have made him a perennial contender in national experts competitions. Ron's website, www.BaseballHQ.com, won the "Best Fantasy Baseball Online Content" award from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in 2000, 2003, and 2004. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association in 2005.

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If you play fantasy baseball you need this book.
GT
Simply Put, Ron Shandler is a must for either a hardcore fan or a fantasy player.
Alax Martin
I should get paid by HQ, I sound like I work there!
M. Balut

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
This 25th printing of Shandler's Forecaster continues his tradition of adding a little more each year. The collection of essays and analyses is better than ever and includes a look back at the past quarter-century. The basic format is the same as last year.

Interestingly, the 2011 projections seem to have been skewed quite a bit to reflect 3-year averages. There seem to be much fewer predictions of extreme performance in the stats boxes. Indeed, the opening essay goes into great detail on the reliability of performance projections in view of the intrinsic variability of player performance.

The little 40-word player bios, however, contain more upside/downside hints than last year. Also, the authors seem to have gained confidence in the Random Var. scores. Those scores, on a scale of -5 to 5, project the probability of 2011's performance exceeding or falling short of 2010.

The Mayberry method is refined a bit from its introduction in 2010. There's also some new charts on the underlying data behind speed and power trends.

All in all, once again a great Roto reference for 2011, though Shandler's absence is becomming more and more noticeable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Balut on January 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
If you want a book that has some evidence to support it's rankings, this is the book for you. Batting average and ERA are not indicators of performance. Want to know why not? Buy this book and find out. After reading Ron's column about LIMA many years ago, my whole approach to fantasy baseball has changed. And the ways you evaluate players will forever change, too. You won't look at BA, ERA, wins, saves. You'll look at contact rates, and strikeout-to-walk rates and all kinds of other stats that you probably never heard of, stats that Joe Morgan has never heard of, lol(bad example since he just makes up stuff)...But seriously, I buy this book every year and subscribe to the HQ site because it helps. If you really want to win, you take the book, follow some of it's advice and do some homework. That is how you will win, or at a minimum improve your baseball performance. I should get paid by HQ, I sound like I work there!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SRB on January 16, 2011
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lots of knowledge here if your a fantasy geek like me.If you love the behind the normal stats they are all here.It can be overwhelming at times.But things like why did his batting avg go up last year?Do the numbers show he's improving or was it because more hits fell luckily in than his past 5 year avg suggests?Casual fans probably wont enjoy this mag.But if you are a stats freak,play for money or would like to know the numbers behind the numbers then this is the "bible"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tribe Fan on February 28, 2011
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i've played fantasy baseball for years -- have used ron shandler's book to prepare since 2009. If all you want is a cheatsheet for your fantasy draft, don't buy this book -- ron tells you that himself. there are 1,000,001 free internet cheatsheets, and plenty of $8 FB magazines if you don't want to invest any of your own time. shandler focuses on hitting/pitching SKILLS analysis, and uses this as the basis for projecting improvement/stability/degradation of individual player performance. it takes time and thought to digest the info in this book, but i do it because 1) it's fun, 2) it makes me THINK about specific players and their relative value, which is the key to successful FB, 3) using the free xcel internet downloads from shandler's website, i have a blast creating my own draft cheatsheets 4) in virtually every fantasy draft, i have been able to get great value by identifying low profile/good skills players with low ADP's -- then i deliberately wait until late rounds to get pretty good (but relatively unknown) players. BOTTOM LINE: if you love fantasy baseball and you like to ANALYZE fantasy baseball, BUY SHANDLER. if you want a no-effort fantasy draft cheatsheet -- forget shandler and get a free cheatsheet off the internet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By topper on January 28, 2011
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this publication is a great reference for rotisserie leagues if the numbers are analyzed and used without regard to any personal thoughts on a particular player. i have used the forecaster for several years and found it to be the "best" resource for player analysis and evaluation.
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