While fantasy baseball players will surely go gaga over the information presented in it, Baseball Prospectus 2000 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 1999 season and giving likely scenarios for 2000. Baseball Prospectus also features Clay Davenport's exclusive "Davenport Translations," which compare performances across leagues and ballparks (as well as evaluations of players' secondary and primary defensive positions); Davenport's "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 Library Journal
This volume profiles 2000 players, with each entry offering a pithy career narrative, a statistical look at performance over the last five years, and projections for the 2000 season. Ranging from the lowest rung of the minor leagues to the majors, the players are categorized by team, each of which is introduced by a double-columned two-page narrative. The authors are not sports journalists but fun-loving fans who write with a lot of irreverence and humor, and their volume will be enjoyed primarily by statistic-crazed fans and addicts who play a season-long game called fantasy baseball. However, librarians should note that books like this sprout like mushrooms each spring (see, e.g., The Scouting Notebook, Stats, 2000, a popular competitor). The problem is that one month into the season, as players get injured and traded, these books become obsolete, and a year later there is hardly anything more useless on library shelves. Thus, such books are not generally recommended for libraries unless they are weeded annually.DPaul Kaplan, Lake Villa Dist. Lib., IL
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