While fantasy baseball players will surely go gaga over the information presented in it, Baseball Prospectus 1999 has plenty to offer general baseball fans as well. Unlike most annuals of its kind, the book provides textual analyses as well as stats for nearly 1,700 players. There are summaries of all the major-league teams, recapping the 1998 season and giving likely scenarios for 1999. Baseball Prospectus also features Clay Davenport's exclusive "Davenport Translations," which compare performances across leagues and ballparks (and this year include evaluations of players' secondary as well as primary defensive positions); Davenport's new "Wilton" forecasting system of hitting performance; and other analyses. In addition, there's an alphabetical listing of all full-season minor-league players and picks for the top 40 minor-league prospects. --Andy Boynton
From the Publisher
Our original goal in writing the Baseball Prospectus was to bring back the same engaging reading experience that baseball fans used to get from Bill James' Baseball Abstracts: a book you'd read before the season started. A book that would make you think about what was interesting last year, and what you can look forward to in the next year. We've been called the best, most engaging, and most fun-to-read baseball annual out there, earning great reviews from Baseball Weekly's John Hunt to ESPNet's Dave Schoenfeld, Rob Neyer and John Sickels. You'll find Baseball Prospectus a great tool for fantasy baseball, or simply a great book to read for the pleasure of it.