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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 expert 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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Product Details

  • Series: Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; 26 Annual edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600785870
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,020,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book has changed over the years and the 2012 edition is different than previous years. The player profiles are larger (there's 7 players/page rather than 9) and there are more statistics and skills ratios. The Encyclopedia of Fanalytics now takes up the first third of the book. It's been improved and is a fun read on its own.

The authors discussed the accuracy of predictions quite a bit over the last couple years and now they have fully embraced a weighted 3-year average unless skewed by obvious trends, scouting reports, injuries, and/or age. Their point, and it's valid, is that the inherent error in actual performance is so great that accurate predictions are impossible. Think about accuracy vs. precision and standard error, or noise, of the data.

Twenty-five years ago when this book was first published, there were very few predictions available. The internet didnt exist. When we drafted our Roto teams, we used the baseball annuals published by the Sporting News (I miss the Baseball Guide and Baseball Register), insight from Bill James, and the spring training magazines. By the late '80's pioneering player valuation authors like Shandler, Patton, and Mann-Manley slowly became available at bookstores. Now, anybody can get pretty good projections the night before the draft.

Shandler's point in this book, however, is that such precise projections are not really that accurate. The Forecaster gives you the tools to do your own evaluations. Use them to select the players you think will perform the best. In this sense, fantasy baseball has come full circle if you're doing your own work. The way to beat the parity created by a plethora of available information is to gather tools that provide the edge of accurate insight.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Toddster64 on January 22, 2012
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I've been purchasing the Shandler annuals for years, and his team continually fine-tunes the formulae as well as content presentation to make this a must-have for upcoming baseball seasons. While fantasy leaguers will find an abundance of good data here (I personally only played one year), I strongly believe baseball fans will benefit from, and enjoy reading, the analysis within. My must-have annual every year, along with Baseball Prospectus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Lee on February 23, 2012
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I too have a copy of the book where the middle pages of the book are detaching from the spine. I've had to resort to reading the book vertically so that I don't cause any further detaching of the pages from the spine.

I've placed an inquiry with the author as my book was purchased over 30 days ago and I'm not eligible for an exchange or return from Amazon. Called Amazon and they will let me return the book and issue me a replacement despite me being over 30 days since my order. Thumbs up to them!

Although I'm now very wary of early printing cycles as these books were probably an early printing.
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The Forecaster has always been a great fantasy baseball resource, and this year's edition is no exception. All the stats you've come to expect, including peripherals like BB%, Batting Eye, Contact Rate, Power, and Speed (and, for pitchers, K/9, BB/9, K/BB, HR/9, and PQS stats). The analysis provided is a great starting point, but the real power of the Forecaster is that it gives the reader enough stats and info to analyze players on their own. And unlike Baseball Prospectus, the Forecaster is compiled specifically for fantasy league applications.

Everyone knows you can't win a league on draft day, and you can't win a league just by buying this book. But if you buy it and use it, you should have a decent leg up on the competition.
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I bought this book expecting to get an OK Baseball book. I was wrong. I must thank Mr. Shandler for having Brandon Beachy, Johnny Cueto, Mark Trumbo and Jake Peavy on my fantasy team which is currently residing in 1st place.

NOTE: This review was written by Memento Mori's young fantasy baseball enthusiast.
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By Kathy's Corner on April 4, 2012
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There are so many details it can be overwhelming. Since this is the first time I have had this book, I read through all the information and used what applied to my H2H league I participated in. Most importantly, it showed me who not to draft during fantasy baseball. I would recommend this to anyone to buy.
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Long the recognized expert in advanced baseball statistics and analysis, Shandler does it again with the 2012 Baseball Forecaster. A must have for all serious Fantasy Baseball participants and a great read for those that are hard core fans of the BEST game in America. Good value if purchased from Amazon.
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