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Baseball Prospectus 2005: Statistics, Analysis, and Insight for the Information Age Paperback – February 14, 2005
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The Series ends late October (and for the writeups on at least 2 teams, this is a critical point).
It takes a significant amount of time from the end of the season to:
* process the data on 1600 players from the Majors and Minors
* consider the subjects to write about in the team essays, and then do the background research on them
* allow for the free agency signing period to pass, which allows for better commentary on expected valuation of players on their new teams
Also consider that the BP crew is also still producing daily commentaries and analysis for their website, and that for many of them, BP is NOT their "real job". So .. let's cut them a little slack.
I noticed the foreword was written on January 10 (just days after the end of the FA signing period) ... and the 600+ page book arrived on shelves a little more than 7 weeks later ... in MY mind, that's NOT a bad turnaround time ...
As for roto drafts being held just as pitchers and catchers report, well, THAT seems a bit foolhardy.
Its a balancing act between the timeliness and relevance of the data, and the publisher's desires as to when to get the book out. From the publisher's point of view, there is really little reason to get a baseball book out in late January/early February ... not enough potential buyers are thinking of baseball.
Anyway, as for this year's edition of the BP, its everything I've come to expect from the gang, and their PECOTA system has been a godsend for my drafting strategies.
I subtracted a star for the numerous typos ... yeah, its a petty gripe. Perhaps they didn't have enough time to proofread?
On the other hand, there are a couple of problems...
The first is the authors' theological insistence on not allowing the stats for Runs Scored, RBIs, Wins-Losses, or Saves to show up anywhere. We all get it, these stats are problematic and subjective and don't always reveal the true contribution of a player to his team. But hey, those are all stats that every single fantasy league in the country counts. So the tens of thousands of guys with fantasy teams who are looking for some insights into some of the key statistical categories will be disappointed. This book, open alongside of the Bill James Handbook, should give you all the data you need.
The second problem is really about the format. The Bill James Handbook lists all the players alphabetically, and that makes sense for fantasy coaches. The Baseball Prospectus, however, lists the players by team. But even where a player has changed teams and the authors note that fact, the Prospectus insists on listing him with his old team.
I think the Bill James Handbook --because it uses the stats and format most convenient to fantasy owners-- will be a better buy if you're only getting one book. Fantasy owners are less interested in the collection of talent on any particular real-life team than in being able to assess the whole universe of players. So the Bill James book is better-suited to fantasy owners.Read more ›
This book isn't a fantasy baseball book, it is a scouting guide. You won't find Wins, RBI, or Errors listed here, because these stats aren't important when it comes to evaluating players. Some reviewers have complained at the lack of said stats, and that they should "at least be included". On the contrary, they don't fit BP's organizational hilosophy. They shouldn't be included at all. If you want to use BP for your fantasy league, you're better off buying a "BP Fantasy" subscription at [...]
Other reviewers have stated the the Sabrmetric way of thinking doesn't encompass all the lore, emotion, heart, etc. that play such an important role in such a beautiful game. They say that baseball can't be measured solely in stats. Unfortunately for them, it nearly can. If heart, emotion, and the like actually were important, then they would show up as anomilies in the stat relationships. Fact is, they don't. Those things don't really matter, because they don't effect how the outcome of the game.
The BP writers aren't out to dehumanize baseball. Far from it, in fact! They are providing insight into a new way to play the game, a way to play the game that has made the low-budget A's into consistent 90+ game winners, and the Red Sox into World Series champions.Read more ›
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As I pointed out in my Amazon review of Canseco's "Juiced," the BP makes for much better bathroom reading. Read morePublished on July 15, 2005 by Jaime Martinez
Because I could find the Baseball America Handbook and having seen one of my classmates with it, I decided to acquire it. Read morePublished on June 21, 2005 by Sojourner
The Baseball Prospectus covers most major league players, complete with comments and their own type of statistics, emphasizing categories like on-base percentage and slugging... Read morePublished on April 17, 2005 by R.J.
For the past few years, the arrival of Baseball Prospectus marks the beginning of a fresh season for me. Read morePublished on March 31, 2005 by Smartball
Baseball Prospectus, with its PECOTA system, has the most valuable projections of all the annuals that appear. Read morePublished on March 22, 2005 by Gerald Tishlub
Cut away all the statistics, and you've got the best-written, most informative baseball book on the planet. Read morePublished on March 3, 2005 by John R. Mayne
This book is a must if you want to be able to hold an intelligent conversation with someone about baseball. Read morePublished on March 1, 2005 by Joe