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Baseball Prospectus, 1999 Paperback – February, 1999
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While fantasy baseball players will surely go gaga over the information presented in it, Baseball Prospectus 1999 has plenty to offer general baseball fans as well. Unlike most annuals of its kind, the book provides textual analyses as well as stats for nearly 1,700 players. There are summaries of all the major-league teams, recapping the 1998 season and giving likely scenarios for 1999. Baseball Prospectus also features Clay Davenport's exclusive "Davenport Translations," which compare performances across leagues and ballparks (and this year include evaluations of players' secondary as well as primary defensive positions); Davenport's new "Wilton" forecasting system of hitting performance; and other analyses. In addition, there's an alphabetical listing of all full-season minor-league players and picks for the top 40 minor-league prospects. --Andy Boynton
From the Publisher
Our original goal in writing the Baseball Prospectus was to bring back the same engaging reading experience that baseball fans used to get from Bill James' Baseball Abstracts: a book you'd read before the season started. A book that would make you think about what was interesting last year, and what you can look forward to in the next year. We've been called the best, most engaging, and most fun-to-read baseball annual out there, earning great reviews from Baseball Weekly's John Hunt to ESPNet's Dave Schoenfeld, Rob Neyer and John Sickels. You'll find Baseball Prospectus a great tool for fantasy baseball, or simply a great book to read for the pleasure of it.
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But Baseball Prospectus has two problems: first, the statistics contained aren't real. If you quote a batter's statistics to someone in an argument over a player's worthlessness, you can get caught making stuff up. The statistics for players are translated to park-neutral etc. While this is fine and good, in one sense, in another, I'd like to know what a player's K/BB ratio was for real, not what it should have been.
The other problem is that Baseball Prospectus does a lot of hedging in comments (I think so that each year they can say "Correctly forecasted the rise/decline of Player X"). Too many players have comments like "If healthy, look for him to have a great year. Otherwise, expect a steep decline." For a book with such a strong sense of its own place and an original perspective, it's disappointing they'd stoop to this in order to make good quotes for the next year's back cover.
That aside, Baseball Prospectus offers great information unavailable anywhere else. Get it first, then complain.
Does this help the fantasy league player? It might- but who knows since I am not involved in these leagues. I bought the book on a friends advice that it was an interesting and fine resource book. I tossed it into the trash after studying and reading thru it once. What a mistake and waste of 20 bucks. It seems that one man's opinions and outlook on what skills/statistics are important to rate players on dominates his projections and conclusions. This book may be "the berries" for some of you but it was NOT for me.