Baseball Prospectus 2005: Statistics, Analysis, and Insight for the Information Age

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Don’t think there’s merit in the idea of analyzing baseball players using sophisticated statistical tools? Maybe you should talk to the deliriously happy members of Red Sox nation, whose team is run by Theo Epstein, a disciple of the BP way of thinking. Where can fans and fantasy players get this same inside intelligence that’s revolutionizing Major League front offices? Baseball Prospectus.

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Overview


Don’t think there’s merit in the idea of analyzing baseball players using sophisticated statistical tools? Maybe you should talk to the deliriously happy members of Red Sox nation, whose team is run by Theo Epstein, a disciple of the BP way of thinking. Where can fans and fantasy players get this same inside intelligence that’s revolutionizing Major League front offices? Baseball Prospectus.

“ The best book of its kind”—Rob Neyer, ESPN.com
“ If a general manager hasn’t read Baseball Prospectus, he should be fired for incompetence.”—Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball
Baseball Prospectus has become the standard by which all scouting guides should be measured.”—Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics General Manager
“ I never cease to be blown away by the geniuses at Baseball Prospectus.” —Jayson Stark, ESPN
“ The best book for preparing for a rotisserie draft”—USA Today

Packed with statistics, analysis, and attitude, Baseball Prospectus is the essential season-long companion for the millions of fans and fantasy baseball players who are looking to understand the inside game. Includes extensive performance analysis of 1,600 players—covering the majors, the minors, top 40 prospects, draft choices, and rookie ball—plus in-depth, insightful essays on all 30 Major League clubs and gimlet-eyed evaluations of their top 50 players. With ballpark-adjusted stats, a deadly accurate system for forecasting a player’s performance, and more, Baseball Prospectus hits it out of the park every year.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780761135784
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2005
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 1.39 (d)

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Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts on Baseball Talent includes, among others, Gary Huckabay, the founder of Baseball Prospectus; Chris Kahrl, a sports editor who lives in Washington, D.C.; and Dave Pease, who roots for Ryan Klesko in San Diego. Together, the roster of Baseball Prospectus writers consult to 26 of the 30 major league baseball teams.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2005

    The Best Projectioins

    What the Baseball Prospectus (BP) annuals are known for, and do better than anybody else, is their evaluation of prospects for the coming season -- for teams and especially individual players. This is not a compendium of historical statistics, nor does it pretend to be one. And so I've come each year to rely on BP to evaluate the immediate past season for each team and give us projections for the future. For the past few years the projections have entailed the so-called 'PECOTA' forecasts, which are provided for an enormous number of players on the rosters of major league teams. Those who want, in addition to these basic forecasts and team analyses, particular 'valuations' of players for purposes of rotisserie baseball or for making decisions on baseball auctions for either roto or Scoresheet, can also go to the baseballprospectus.com website (fee or premium required, except for historical data, which is available online for free) and get a great deal more detail about player performance including projections of performance in standard 5x5 roto categories as well as $ values. Thus, for me, this book has become essential as well as a great warm-up and reference guide for the coming season. The website provides great and up-to-date forecasts and information about playing time and expected performance, and is something I rely on throughout the season. In addition, the website provides analyses and commentary on baseball throughout the season, aimed at the serious fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    Lacks critical data

    Prospectus editors tout the superiority of its statistics over those found in more traditional publications, and it does present many interesting variations on traditional data that fans will find valuable. However true fans of baseball history will be frustrated by the omission of such basic items as a pitcher's won-loss record. More critically, player data only from 2002 to the present are included. Readers interested in a complete analysis of a player's history and records should stick with the Sporting News' Baseball Register.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2005

    Come on! Put players back on the cover! Beltre doesn't look all that bad now!

    THE book for anyone that wants to know baseball players' skills and abilities. Read this and not only will you enjoy the expert insight and subtle humor, you will also win your fantasy league.

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