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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ways to start a new baseball season, April 7, 2012
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This review is from: Baseball Prospectus 2012 (Paperback)
At the outset of each baseball season, I like to pick up several volumes--the Bill James annual work and this volume, among others. And the 2012 edition does not disappoint.

The purpose of this book (Page ix): "Baseball Prospectus 2012, like its predecessors, is an attempt to make sense of the chaos, not just the sometimes tragic chaos of those cold months, but also the wonderful bedlam that makes up any baseball season any summer, and more importantly, what it means for the coming season and beyond." This work begins with a discussion of statistics--both on offense and defense and pitching. On offense, the "True Average" is a key metric. Note that a TAv of .260 is average, .300 exceptional, and .200 awful (TAv is a conglomerate measure including power, walking, striking out, and making "productive outs"). Then, there is PECOTA--projections for the coming season.

Let's take a look at the Chicago Cubs. Their best offensive player, by the PECOTA score, should be Geovany Soto. The Chicago White Sox? Paul Konerko has the highest projected true average--.297. One element in the player descriptions is the analogous players to the one named. Konerko's doppelgangers? Stan Musial, Kevin Mitchell, and Rafael Palmeiro. Not bad company! The most intriguing projection? Adam Dunn, after a disastrous 2011 season, is projected to have a TAv of .292. We shall see! And we see projections and actual records on a team by team basis, from the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Washington Nationals.

Other features--the top 101 prospects for the major leagues (Matt Moore, pitcher for the Rays) comes in as the number 1 prospect; the PECOTA leaderboard.

Another baseball season has begun! And this work helps make that a little bit more enjoyable.
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Initial post: Apr 7, 2012 1:50:02 PM PDT
My husband might find this intriguing.... Nice review.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 5:20:46 PM PDT
Good review. Our local Mud Huns opened Friday and won. Sell-out crowd. If you go to my profile page I am there with Muddy. He's a pretty cool Hen.

Good review that baseball fans should not be without.

Pam

Posted on Apr 8, 2012 6:49:46 AM PDT
This looks like a fun book and would be a good present for a baseball fan.
How 'bout those Mets! First place two days into the season. Probably the last time I'll be able to say first place and Mets in one sentence.

Posted on Apr 9, 2012 11:07:25 AM PDT
I adore your reviews on baseball.....I never watch but I find your reviews so fun to peruse. Great job.

Posted on Apr 14, 2012 8:15:20 PM PDT
Karen Joan says:
I like baseball...it is the only sporting event where you get to sing twice!
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