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If you love Bill James (and can stand the typos) ...
on March 10, 2007
For those of us who remember the old Bill James Baseball Abstract, Baseball Prospectus is about as close as you can come these days. Nothing, of course, can match the pioneering articles James published in the Abstract, but the Prospectus provides the most comprehensive, informative, and amusing player comments you are likely to find along with a few interesting research articles. I can't give any book whose publication I look forward to so eagerly anything less than five stars, but I agree with one of the other reviewers that the editing is very shaky and has been for years. This year the editing seems to have improved a bit, but there are still some player comments, and even team overviews, that don't appear to have been proofread, much less edited. This year's most significant glitch: Each player comment lists the four most comparable players, using the PECOTA system. Unfortunately, when the comparables are mentioned in the body of the comment, the players mentioned don't usually match the players listed. Apparently, they changed how the comparables were calculated and came up with new lists after the comments were written. Every year I end up wishing they had delayed publication for a week or two to allow time for some final editing. One other problem this year is that the book is printed on grade zzz paper with the result that the printing on some pages is blurred.
p.s. to another reviewer: The author of Moneyball is Michael Lewis, not Billy Beane.