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Baseball Prospectus 2014 [Kindle Edition]

Baseball Prospectus , Sam Miller , Jason Wojciechowski
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Book Description

The bestselling annual baseball preview from the smartest analysts in the business
Now in its 19th edition, the Baseball Prospectus annual shows once again how it became the industry leader: The 2014 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 2014 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with 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, and park effects. Victory, after all, could come down to choosing between the supposed sleeper and the 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 2014 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."—Keith Olbermann


"The first time I saw the PECOTA projections, I realized that someone out there understood." —Jeff Luhnow, General Manager, Houston Astros


"For me, every year baseball begins with the big, brilliant, beautiful book you are holding in your hands right now."—Joe Posnanski


Baseball Prospectus 2013 correctly predicted:

*Disappointing performances by Albert Pujols, Dan Haren, Michael Bourn, Justin Upton, and Tommy Hanson.

*Breakouts by Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Kyle Seager, Matt Moore, Shelby Miller, and Jason Kipnis, as well as bounceback seasons from Jayson Werth and Shin-Soo Choo.

*That Max Scherzer would be a Cy Young contender and Michael Wacha ace-in-waiting for the Cardinals.

*That Wil Myers would be a middle-of-the-order bat for Tampa Bay and Josh Donaldson would finally win the Rich Harden trade for the A's.

*That CC Sabathia's velocity drop could be a problem, but Felix Hernandez's would not be.

*That Joaquin Benoit, Kenley Jansen, and Koji Uehara were better bullpen bets than pre-season closer picks Bruce Rondon, Brandon League, and Joel Hanrahan.


Editorial Reviews

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""The tip of the nerd spear."" —Ken Tremendous
 
""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."" —Keith Olbermann
 
""Baseball Prospectus has become the standard by which all scouting guides should be measured."" —Billy Beane, General Manager, Oakland A's
 
""For me, every year baseball begins with the big, brilliant, beautiful book you are holding in your hands right now."" —Joe Posnanski

""The first time I saw the PECOTA projections, I realized that someone out there understood."" —Jeff Luhnow, General Manager, Houston Astros


Product Details

  • File Size: 8517 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (January 29, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I51HFH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,285 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Worth Reading January 27, 2014
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I've got the past 13 editions on my shelf, and have been a subscriber of the website for at least a decade.

Is Baseball Prospectus what it once was? Of course not. It's always been a collective of smart analysts and writers (some of whom are also funny), and yearly turnover is merely evidence of what a fertile launching ground it has been. Pining for the days of Nate Silver and Gary Huckabay and Christina Kahrl and Joe Sheehan is a lot like saying that your wife doesn't cook like your mom did - it won't get you anything but heartbreak.

The fact remains that BP is an important platform - good work continues to be done there, by writers who take the opportunity seriously, and the value in this annual far outstrips what you pay for it. (The same goes for the website subscription). There will be bits in here that blow your mind, and bits that fail to engage you whatsoever. Turn the page on those, and enjoy the rest. At the end of the season, you'll be glad you had it next to whatever seat you sit in when you watch/listen to/stream/download the games.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Kindle Edition is Dreadful February 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm relatively new to the Kindle platform, so it's possible that there might be ways to address some of the issues I have with the Kindle edition of BP2014. I also recognize that to match the experience of print with a title that features a variety of data presentation formats (text, various exhibits, tables, etc.) in a book that is probably more "random access reference" than it is "regular read" is asking for a lot.

Despite lowered expectations, however, the BP2014 Kindle edition still manages to underwhelm. Specific complaints from this Kindle Fire HD reader:

1) The basic player presentations, at first glance, are fine -- each player starts on a new "page" followed by their statistical chart and the commentary. But then you look at the statistical chart -- most players have 3-4 years of data to present, and this is presented broken down across three separate tables to accommodate the width limitations in portrait format. It's awful for anyone who is accustomed to any form of "normal" baseball statistics presentation, including BP's annual. And forget about flipping into landscape mode to overcome it -- the three tables are hardwired. (This is where my limited Kindle knowledge kicks in -- I have no idea what the "right" answer is, but I can tell you what was done isn't it.)

2) The "go to..." index is limited to the major articles (fine) and the team articles. Which means that to locate a specific player requires that you go to the team article and then page like mad to get to where you want to be. If you're looking for Matt Adams of the Cardinals, it's not too bad (he's the first hitter following the team article), but if it's Adam Wainwright (at the end of the pitchers, who are after all the batters), it's not so swift.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for fans January 29, 2014
Format:Paperback
As a braves fan this is a must. Lots of information for the next season and what to be ready for. Baseball Prospectus 2014 provides fantasy players and insiders alike with 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, and park effects. Victory, after all, could come down to choosing between the supposed sleeper and the overrated prospects who won't be able to fool people in the Show like they have down on the farm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than last years version February 23, 2014
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I have been very unhappy with the brain drain from BP and their inability to replace the lost writers with equals (which is probably unreasonable of me, but still...).

Last year's edition was terrible. The essays were awful and there were lots of typos. This year, the essays are better and the book is a touch shorter. They do a nice job with their projection system and prospect rankings (they have even begun evaluating their own rankings on the website from 5 years ago to see how good their predictions are).

While it is not what is was 10 years ago, the book still has quality content and is extremely affordable (especially if you buy it on Amazon).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Kindle Version April 27, 2014
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I've purchased this book for at least a decade, but only the Kindle version the last two years. The good part of the Kindle version is that I can more easily cart the book around with me - easier to read, especially while traveling. But the Kindle version continues to have some major problems, as articulated very accurately by Bret Hern's review of the Kindle version. See his Amazon review for details. It's very discouraging that Baseball Prospectus has not addressed these concerns. I probably will revert to the paper version next year. (I subscribe to the website but I am not a fantasy baseball participant.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Baseball analysis April 6, 2014
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Best Major League Baseball Analysis. You'll never be outgunned at your fantasy baseball draft with this book with analysis as deep as you want it to be.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another baseball season, another Prospectus. . . January 25, 2014
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I really enjoy this volume's arrival each year. It is filled with sabermetric analysis. Statistics beyond ERA, batting average, slugging percentage, etc. add a deeper dimension to sensing how well a player did. Also enjoyable is PECOTA, a system to project a player's performance in the upcoming season--in this case 2014.

Normally, I immediately go to see how my favored team, the Chicago White Sox, is represented here. Last year was not a good year, as the statistics show (1st in unearned runs allowed, # 1 is fewest runs scored) and their talent cupboard (major and minor league) and their finances and management rate 29th in baseball. Not auspicious for the coming season.

The player by player analyses are always interesting, and I especially like the projections. For instance, Adam Dunn. A hitter with a lot of power (let's forget a dreadful 2011) and a low average (the last three years: .159, .204, .219). 2014? A .214 batting average and 28 home runs. Not sure the home runs counter the miserable projected batting average. There is a 0% chance he will improve his performance dramatically, a 22% chance of improvement, only a 7% chance of a collapse (major decline), and a 17% chance of attrition (having performance decline--but not dramatically). Paul Konerko has had a career that is worthy of appreciation. However, he has been slowing down. Last year--a .244 batting average, just 12 home runes, and just 54 RBIs. A career in decline. This will be his final year. Projections? 19 homers, 68 RBIs, and a .269 batting average--a mild comeback from last year. We shall see what actually happens.

Pitching? The projection is for Chris Sale, a terrific pitcher by a variety of statistics, to have some problems winning.
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4.0 out of 5 stars MLB
A must have if you want to be competitive in fantasy baseball. Enjoy reading it every year and looking the depth of all the organizations.
Published 5 months ago by Chris W Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid as always
Fairly accurate and a nice tool. Not what it used to be but still solid. They try a bit too hard with the jokes and wittiness.
Published 5 months ago by testicular
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought it last year and probably will again next year
This is a great product for any baseball fan who wants to understand the new metrics and to find more details to follow during the actual season. Read more
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BP provides invaluable information to any serious baseball fan and is especially useful for those who are involved in any of the fantasy baseball formats where drafting is a key... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stephen W Killam
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the classic for baseball fans
For years I've read the print version of BP each year to learn more about Baseball. Their authors understand the game and I've found their scouting of players to be pretty dead... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gene Bowker
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!!
As an avid baseball fan and rotissierie player (23 years now), this is my all time favorite book. It's the only thing I actually pre-order every year, religiously. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mike P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Tip of the Nerd Spear
This is a massive book, crammed with facts that we SABR nuts love. I like it a lot, but I find myself turning to Bill James Handbook more often. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The one you need
This book is awesome! I've known about them for years this is the 1st year I have bought and read through...considered me hooked BP, I'm all yours now.
Published 6 months ago by Trent7436
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
My husbands bible for his fantasy baseball league! I order this book every year for him! A must have book!
Published 6 months ago by Nuddabud
5.0 out of 5 stars the best guys in the business
i have been getting their book for years............get the online version too.......... a must for up to date info some guys now work for MLB teams that have left.
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