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Paul Lebowitz
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Book Description

A Complete Guide to the 2012 Baseball Season. In depth analysis of all 30 teams with sections dedicated to: management, starting pitching, bullpens, lineups, bench, prospects, predictions and relevant statistical analysis and essays. Great for fantasy players and useful all season long.
Who will make the playoffs?
Who won't make the playoffs?
Which managers and GMs are in trouble?
Which players might be traded at mid-season?
And who are the best and cheapest under-the-radar options for your fantasy teams?
Everything you need for the 2012 MLB season is right in these pages.

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  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 469 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007I8N04A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,329 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Guide April 25, 2012
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The 2012 Baseball Guide by Paul Lebowitz is very thorough and organized in a way that is easy to use. Each team has a 2011 recap in brief, followed by a list of players added and subtracted, the 2012 projected starting rotation, bullpen, lineup, bench, possible contributors, and fantasy picks. It then moves into the meat of its contents, with lengthy descriptions of each team's management, starting pitching, bullpen, lineup, and bench. Each section concludes with a prediction that sums up the main strenths and question marks, and offers the author's predicted won-loss record for that team.

Mr. Lebowitz has some fairly strong views about certain things, and he does not shy away from sharing them. I found little to quibble with in his exhaustive team coverage, and my only (mild) criticism is the usual sports writer's over-use of certain adjectives, like "massive". This is not a sabremetric book a la Hardball Times, but more in the mold of the former Street and Smith's annual baseball magazine without pictures but with far more in-depth coverage. It's well worth the added expense, and IMHO is an essential companion for any fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Prince KNOWS baseball May 8, 2012
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Every year I make sure I buy Lebowitz's latest Baseball Guide in March so I am ready for my fantasy drafts prior to opening week. I have yet to find a better written, more entertaining baseball guide that covers as much information as the one Lebowitz writes. From the big leagues all the way down to barely known prospects, this book gives you the complete, big picture. It isn't biased towards one team or another. It's just straight up analysis peppered with clever word structure, which makes it read like a daily column.

I use The Guide in many ways. First, to set the stage for the season after months of no baseball. Second, as a way to get to know each and every team as closely as possible, so I am familiar with all the names that may come up during the season (comes in handy if you're a fantasy baseball nut and need an edge on who's stacked through the pipeline, who might be trade bait, etc). And finally, I use it as a mid-season reference that I can turn to quickly (especially if you buy the e-book version). Not to mention, it's pretty fun to go back through older guides as well, to relive seasons past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Baseball.... May 8, 2012
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If you are a baseball fan and don't really care about learning the way to win your fantasy league, but you want to be able to watch a game a little more intelligently, read this book. I'm a little late getting this one up, but since we are only 6 weeks into the season, there is time to still get in and read this before the season is too far along.

The section on the Yankees is more relevant now than it was prior to the season. With Pineda and Rivera lost for the season, Paul's in depth meditation on the state of the Yankees makes for fascinating reading.

Or, look at the section on the Nationals. Hot out of the gate, and struggling on the road...which team is it going to be? Good Nats? Bad Nats?

Or, how about Texas's big import from Japan?

Its all here.

Really in depth book. If you like baseball, check it out!
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