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"The Best Book Of Its Kind."
Now in its seventeenth edition, the Baseball Prospectus annual shows once again how it became the industry leader: the 2012 edition includes key stat categories, more controversial player predictions, and the kind of wise, witty baseball commentary that makes this phone-book-thick tome worth reading cover to cover.
Baseball Prospectus 2012 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with uncannily prescient PECOTA projections, which Sports Illustrated has called "perhaps the game's most accurate projection model." Still, stats are just numbers if you don't see the larger context, and Baseball Prospectus brings together an elite team of analysts to provide the definitive look at all thirty teams—their players, their prospects, and their managers—to explain away flukes, hot streaks, injury-tainted numbers, park effects, and overrated prospects who won't be able to fool people in the Show like they have down on the farm.
Nearly every Major League team has sought the advice of current or former Prospectus writers, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2012 will understand what all those fans have been raving about.
"If you're a baseball fan and you don't know what BP is, you're working in a mine without one of those helmets with the lights on it."
"For me, every year baseball begins with the big, brilliant, beautiful book you are holding in your hands right now."
"Baseball Prospectus continues to raise the bar for innovative baseball analysis every year."
—Mark Shapiro, President, Cleveland Indians
"If a general manager hasn't read Baseball Prospectus, he should be fired for incompetence."
—Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball
Baseball Prospectus 2011 correctly predicted:
The collapse of 2010 stars Vernon Wells, Trevor Cahill, and Austin Jackson, as well as serious regression for Josh Hamilton and Ubaldo Jimenez
Strong comebacks for Pablo Sandoval and Carlos Beltran, as well as Dan Haren's strong finish with the Angels being a better indicator of 2011 performance than his pre-trade struggles with the D-Backs
Breakout seasons from Michael Pineda, Desmond Jennings, Danny Espinosa, Craig Kimbrel, and Jeremy Hellickson
That Albert Pujols plus the Cardinals' starting rotation would still be a recipe for success
That the Diamondbacks had a much brighter immediate future than the typical last-place club
That Dave Dombrowski's roster restructuring in Detroit would lead the Tigers back into contention
It provides several years' worth of stats, as well as projections and comparisons to other players.
I'm trying to find the nicest way possible to say that I liked the old guys better, because I know a lot of people still work very hard.
All in all, perhaps the one book to buy if you're only buying one and you want to review 2011 while looking forwad to 2012.
This is a great resource for information about players, really valuable for any lover of baseball and the history of players.Published 8 months ago by ANNETTE GARVER
Its a bit choppy and you always have to refer back to previous pages when tables and graphs are cut off from one page to the other, however its awesome for any baseball fan.Published 24 months ago by Richard Bachman
this is beneficial in that it gives write ups on players with potential down to the low minors. I have found the narative to be off on many of the players however.Published on December 7, 2012 by topper
and WOW what a year for baseball!! What to do now? (Dec 2012) -- easy-- print out all the summations for each major league team's 2012 season and compare them with the... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Ace
This contains everything one might want from Baseball Prospectus. It is stacked with interesting statistics and useful information on individual players. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by J. Smallridge
I've been a huge fan of BP since their initial website launch many moons ago. This is one of two books I eagerly anticipate every pre-season, the other being Baseball America's... Read morePublished on August 3, 2012 by Kyle
THE BOOK FOR BASEBALL LOVERS! CONTAINS GREAT REVIEWS OF ALL CURRENT PLAYERS. FUN TO GO TO WHILE WATCHING A BALLGAME.Published on May 12, 2012 by M. Tomory
First time I read this type of baseball book; very informative and it gave me a better prospective of how a baseball game's statistics can be used by managers in some strategic... Read morePublished on May 3, 2012 by Ivan Velez