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Baseball Prospectus 2019 Paperback – February 12, 2019
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Baseball Prospectus is an organization that aims to democratize the knowledge often confined to major-league front offices through insightful analysis of every aspect of the game of baseball. As an editorial hub, BP's team of writers covers topics ranging from contemporary analyses of the game to historical assessments using modern understanding and statistics. These efforts are augmented by a prospect team comprised of evaluators who deliver reports and rankings based on in-person looks at minor league players and a fantasy team comprised of writers who regularly compete in and win major industry leagues each season. BP's industry-leading stats team launches proprietary statistics, updates and manages the PECOTA projection system, supports editorial needs, and even provides data consulting and management for many pro organizations. It's no surprise that Baseball Prospectus has served as a training ground for dozens of team employees, including several key decision makers in baseball operations. As a whole, Baseball Prospectus provides insight into the game for the common fan that is typically relegated to the top levels of the front office.
- Item Weight : 3.05 pounds
- Paperback : 600 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1732355509
- ISBN-13 : 978-1732355507
- Product Dimensions : 8.75 x 1.5 x 11 inches
- Publisher : Baseball Prospectus (February 12, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #410,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How does this stack up to previous years? It's better. Either my eyeballs have improved from carrot juice or the text seems bigger and easier to read. Some new stat categories for the geeks, always welcome. My favorite essays are for the Red Sox, Giants and Braves. Which is to say, these are the ones I have red so far. The essays and player descriptions are just gold overall, though.
It looks great. It smells great. It's the gold standard for baseball info. Still. Talk to you later, I have to check out Hunter Pence's VORP.
One thing BP *is* good for is a deep dive into team rosters. When a player goes to the DL and teams need to call up someone from the minors who may not be a top prospect (but might be a useful replacement on my fantasy team). BP does a good job of providing info on such obscure players. But that's a very marginal value and does not compare AT AL to the value I think I am getting now from competing resources.
The player profiles leave something to be desired at times. I'm a massive fan of anything humorous, and love when humor comes out naturally in writing, but felt like it was forced at times and at the expense of valuable insight that I was expecting. Some profiles even became political, which is frustrating. I was hoping for more insightful splits and interesting tendencies.
The attempts at humor can be sometimes strained and comments can be a little snarky. It cannot be easy coming up with something to say about so many players. Is this a good time to remind ourselves that we are focused on players in the far right tail of the Bell curve in terms of ability? I am struck by how hard these pitchers throw. You have to be good to hit these guts at all.