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on March 10, 2003
Baseball Prospectus just keeps getting better and better.
For those of you who don't know BP, it started out as a small publication doing annual analysis of baseball. Over the last decade or so, its popularity has rocketed, providing a better annual every year and a popular baseball websites (baseballprospectus.com). Each year, the annual contains an essay on each team, several essays on baseball topics in general, analysis of and performance projections for every major league player and every prospect and a top 50 prospects list.
I was concerned about BP2003. Some of the staff have changed, a number of new tools are introduced and the website has become the primary focal point of their publication. I needn't have worried. BP2003 is the usual grand mix of irreverance, hard-hitting analysis and forecasting that we've come to expect. The new PECOTA system not only projects future performance but contains probabilites that a player will have a breakout year or collapse completely.
BP is the first book I grab off the shelf when I see a player for the first time or want to analyze a trade or read about some cool prospect. It's definitely worth buying.
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on February 22, 2003
The 2003 edition is the first Baseball Prospectus I've gotten my hands on, but it won't be the last. Truly, this is a worthy successor to Bill James Baseball Abstracts. It can be tough to get first rate analysis of the game through the mass media (especially if one can't help but succumb to the world of sports talk/YELL radio), but this covers, for a reasonable price, most all of the bases. Taking to task organizations like Boston and the White Sox for spending money on overpriced veterans, while productive bench and promising minor league players are available is something you don't hear in the newspapers and mass marketed magazines like Sporting News and Sports Illustrated. I would like to have more information on lefty/righty splits for hitters, and have no idea how they came up with their fielding stat, but overall this is a tremendous read. I've thoroughly enjoyed this year's edition and plan to continue reading Baseball Prospectus in the future.
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