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Product Details

  • Series: Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Shandler Enterprises Llc; Revised edition (December 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891566083
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891566080
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.6 x 10.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,187,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ron Shandler has been publishing his unique brand of statistical information since 1986. He was the first author to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy league play. Among his contributions are component skills analysis, pure quality starts and the LIMA Plan. Shandler s work has appeared in numerous publications, and he has been cited by many sources, including ESPN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Business Week, and Money magazine. In 2004, Shandler helped create an advisory board for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is the founder of Tout Wars, the national experts competition featured in the 2006 book, Fantasyland. In national experts leagues all told, he has finished in the top three 11 times, including five titles. Shandler's website, BaseballHQ.com, is a 3-time winner of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association's ;Best Fantasy Baseball Online Content; award. Shandler was honored with FSTA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.

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I need to start with the positive. This is an excellent resource for rotisserie players (of which I am one). The organization of the book is perfect (alphabetica by pitchers and catchers). And the comments provide just the right amount of color to go with the projections.

Two fairly major issues prevent me from giving Shandler's annual 5 stars, even though I purchase it every year.

First, and most importantly, Shandler does NO park adjustments. This, in my mind, is a critical mistake he continues to make. Even the most casual fan knows that player analysis must take into account the park in which the games take place. Stats earned while playing 50% of your games in Rangers Ballpark aren't the same as those earned playing 50% of your games in Detroit's Comerica. Shandler ignores this.

Secondly, some of us are getting a little older, Ron! Bigger print would help a lot...even if you have to add a few pages.
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The articles explaining the statistics are not well written, but who cares! I think he is the best at predicting future fantasy performance. Where Bill James and the Prospectus people focus on new measures of baseball performance, Shandler sticks to the standard 5 fantasy categories. He was the only tout who predicted Valverde doing as well as he did and I profited from that information.
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Honestly the online service is far better (and has outpaced the book). While the book can be physically held, the information on BaseballHQ is more recent and cotains all of the data in the book.

The only downside is the service is much more expensive, but accuracy comes at a price.
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This book is considered the bible of fantasy/roto baseball palyer evaluations.It does live up to ites reputation. I have used it for years as do many of the GMs of MLB teams. An excellent product.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J-S on February 13, 2008
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This book has a lot of great information and presents users with a statistical means for evaluating players vs. what you get in most fantasy mags- someone's rankings which often seem arbitrary and quickly thrown together.

The downside is it takes weeks to figure out what all the codes stand for and how they're calculated. Would seem simple to offer a basic legend with descriptions, but no luck. There's a glossary which often assumes you know more than you already do about their proprietary info, and even those descriptions are often incomplete.

There are also a number of annoying quirks, such as players not listed with a team, and players who don't play full seasons' stats are extrapolated over a full year. That's a nice touch maybe, but can we throw in the actuals also?

I've also found the basic stats to be flatly incorrect in many cases.

Overall, a great resource that could use an editor's touch for some really basic improvements.
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