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Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster 2007 Paperback – January 1, 2007
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That being said - this isn't a book for the average fan. It reads like a calculus textbook for the mostpart, with small little blurbs on each player (often abbreviated due to size constraints) to explain why the prediction for 2007 may not fit the pattern shown in previous seasons. Shandler (and his crew) aren't humorless, but there's only so much you can say in ~25 words.
Shandler uses a lot of homemade stats and ratings that are treated like they're common knowledge to the reader that a newcomer might totally be lost by. Also consider that while Shandler promotes his book as one that can help all types of fantasy players (sim leagues, head-to-head, traditional roto), since each player only gets a small amount of detail and each one of the before mentioned styles makes a player's value fluctuate, don't expect to buy the book the day before your draft and think that you're set. It's a tool, and just like any other tool, you have to learn how to use it for your benefit.
So my rating was tough to come to.Read more ›
Ron Shandler's book does more in that it provides you with a methodology for evaluating players continually throughout the season, plus strategies for winning your fantasy league. And it also includes one free download of a data (Excel) version of updated stat projections right before the season starts.
The previous reviewer's comments was spot on in that while Baseball Prospectus (the other annual baseball stats "bible") is a great source of projections, it's really aimed at the larger baseball community, while Baseball Forecaster is wholly focused on us fantasy managers, and thus spends more time orienting itself toward us.
That said, I disagree slightly with the previous reviewer's assessment when it comes to the steroid article. I'd point out that Baseball Forecaster is intended to allow a bit more room for subjectivity than do strict sabermetricians, for whom numbers are the source of all assumptions. I think that just because there is no underlying data to examine shouldn't mean a subject cannot be discussed at all.
The article on steroids, I think, is an example of the balance BF tries to strike - I don't think Ron Shandler intends his book to be a strictly quantitative study, but rather a combination of the application of math and baseball common sense, with a major skew toward faith in the numbers.
The rankings are alphabetical by player (not broken up by team - THANK YOU) into hitters and pitchers (not by position). There are cheat sheets in the back which look a lot like the ones I produce for myself (like power ratings by position) and these are also good. Commentaries terse but get the info across.
Why not five stars? One is the low production values - typographically ugly and poorly bound, the physical presentation undercuts the thoughtful information. The cheap cover will start curling almost immediately. Layout looks like it was done by competent amateurs rather than pros. Many of the charts towards the back (pitching logs specifically) are nearly unreadable. Is it so hard to put page numbers in the same place page after page?
Second is the silly insistence on proprietary renaming of rate stats - like K/BB. This may be a gentle way of introducing new concepts to SABR newbies, but the fascist copyright notice at the beginning says otherwise. Free K/BB for the people!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have purchased the Forcaster for the last several years. For what it is, I rate it 5 stars.
The book is designed for people who take their fantasy baseball extremely... Read more
This is a great resource for fantasy baseball nerds like me. There's a learning curve if you're not well-versed in the sabermetric stats, but eventually you'll see that there's a... Read morePublished on June 1, 2007 by K. C. Haugh
Nobody does it better than Ron Shandler and company. In depth research, stats on every facet of a player's game and Ron doesn't pull any punches. Read morePublished on May 13, 2007 by Ro Bar
do you have hours to spend choosing yr fantasy team? really, truly care about ultra stat measurements? not care about sense of humor, personality or lore? Read morePublished on May 9, 2007 by Marshall M. Kilduff
Everyone who's into fantasy baseball should pick up this volume, which covers every statistic you could ever need.Published on April 10, 2007 by Marina Kushner
Wonderful book! What every fantasy fan, not in one of my leagues, needs to read! Full of great projections and humor. Read morePublished on March 26, 2007 by A. J. Vine
Great information! I wish I had known about Ron Shandler's insights 10 years ago when I began playing fantasy baseball. Read morePublished on March 24, 2007 by Regi K. King
NUMEROUS STATISTICAL JUSTIFICATIONS FOR WHETHER TO HOLD, BUY OR SELL ON FANTASY PLAYERS: EASY TO UNDERSTAND STATS EXPLAIN CONCLUSIVELY HOW/WHY HITTERS AND PITCHERS OVER-PLAYED (GOT... Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Gregory P. Thornton
For anyone who plays fantasy baseball, this is a must have book.Funny and addictive.This book gives you a behind the scene look at the world of fantasy baseball.Published on February 4, 2007 by Scott R. Holder