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Baseball Prospectus, 1999 Paperback – February 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: Brassey's Inc (February 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574881922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574881929
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,838,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Paperback
Purists allege that fantasy types have perverted the Grand Old Game. By obsessing over indivudual performances and "baseball numerology," roto players have stripped the game of the context that makes it so inherently rewarding: poetry, drama, teamsmanship and community. And to be sure, almost every baseball annual has as its focus the rotsisserie market. Invariably, players are analyzed in alphabetical order rather than in the context of their contribution to their team, with a focus on the bottom line and with no sense of what might lie behing the numbers. The result is that most annuals are devoid of analysis that would be truly helpful to the fantasy player, and are meaningless to the baseball purist. But Baseball Prospectus (BP) is a different breed. It is chock full of penetrating roto analysis, and it aims consciously toward helping its readers improve their own observational and critical skills. But BP does so in a team context. Players are analyzed according to their contributions to their team. There is a comprehensive essay for each team, covering manager, management, players, and ballpark. And whereas most annuals merely list their favorite prospects, BP anaylzes nearly every credible prospect for each organization, while providing a thorough critique of every team's organizational strength. BP's writing is exceptionally witty. Where else can you find out that Matt Stairs's nickname is "Wonder Hamster"? And these writers are no eunuchs; they are opinionated, which is a refrshing change from the mealymouthed analysis offered by most annuals. BP is a very enjoyable read, it is a great place for fantasy players to get truly helpful analysis, and it is the best book on the market for helping the avid take his own game to the next level.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
A really excellent book about real baseball. This is not a rotisserie book, but a good rotisserie player could learn a lot from it. Doesn't pull punches or praise when needed. It's very fresh, very insightful, and an absolute joy to read. I didn't sleep last night because I had to keep reading one more player and team comment. Not as funny as in 1998, but every bit as entertaining, informative, and thoughtful as one could hope from a baseball book. My only complaint is the size of the book (should be more than 512 pages)...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
A great companion for the STATS books, and really fun to read. A friend made me buy it this year after he's been beating me in roto for the last two years. Not the best roto book, but a great baseball book.
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By A Customer on February 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Baseball Prospectus is the probably the best of the yearly annuals. With the addition of Pitcher Abuse Points to their excellent roster of stats and reports on minor leaguers, it's a book that's a useful companion for the year ahead.
But Baseball Prospectus has two problems: first, the statistics contained aren't real. If you quote a batter's statistics to someone in an argument over a player's worthlessness, you can get caught making stuff up. The statistics for players are translated to park-neutral etc. While this is fine and good, in one sense, in another, I'd like to know what a player's K/BB ratio was for real, not what it should have been.
The other problem is that Baseball Prospectus does a lot of hedging in comments (I think so that each year they can say "Correctly forecasted the rise/decline of Player X"). Too many players have comments like "If healthy, look for him to have a great year. Otherwise, expect a steep decline." For a book with such a strong sense of its own place and an original perspective, it's disappointing they'd stoop to this in order to make good quotes for the next year's back cover.
That aside, Baseball Prospectus offers great information unavailable anywhere else. Get it first, then complain.
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