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Baseball Prospectus, 1999 Paperback – February, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Although I am sure a lot of time and research went into this book, the statistics listed and projected in no way relate to real life baseball numbers. Read morePublished on May 6, 1999
I have often admired those who can spout names and numbers, ERAs, and any other fact you might want to know about baseball. Read morePublished on March 25, 1999 by Timothy D. Althof