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Best of Baseball Prospectus: 1996-2011, Vol. 1


Featuring the Best of Over 15,000 Carefully Tended Features and Articles

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For 15 years, baseballprospectus.com has brought you the very best independent baseball analysis has to offer. Since 2003, Baseball Prospectus has published dozens of exclusive articles every month for subscribers to its groundbreaking Baseball Prospectus Premium service. Now, we're taking the next step by bringing the BP archives to your bookshelf. With extensive input from the founders and long-time staffers who know a thing or two about BP's past, we've selected 152 of the best articles BP has to offer, representing a comprehensive cross-section of the ground-breaking insight, astute analysis, and witty commentary that you've come to expect from us over the last 15 years. Volume 1 features exclusive material including:

  • Part 1: Offense, where Jay Jaffe explains how and why we went from the numbers on the back of the baseball card to advanced stats like VORP and TAv

  • Part 2: Pitching, where Mike Fast asserts that the rumors of the demise of baseball analysis have been greatly exaggerated and offers a look at the next sabermetric frontiers

  • Part 3: Fielding, where Christina Kahrl explains how defensive analysis is baseball's white whale and why we might not even know when we've caught it

  • Part 4: History, where Steven Goldman uses the story of Frankie Frisch and John McGraw to show that “Stats” and “Scouts” provide an incomplete picture without a third component, Story

  • Plus an original article by Geoff Young, who examines the fascinating career of the man they called “Camera Eye,” Max Bishop

Volume 1 includes dozens of reviewed, refreshed, redesigned articles from authors including:

  • BP co-founders Clay Davenport, Rany Jazayerli, Joe Sheehan, Gary Huckabay, and Christina Kahrl

  • defectors to major-league front offices James Click, Dan Fox, Shawn Hoffman, and Keith Woolner

  • popular alumni like Will Carroll, Jonah Keri, David Laurila, Marc Normandin, Michael Wolverton, and Nate Silver

  • and current columnists like Mike Fast, Steven Goldman, Jay Jaffe, Ben Lindbergh, and Colin Wyers

But wait, there's more! Volume 1 also includes:

  • a foreword by long-time Internet baseball writer and co-editor of Baseball Prospectus 2012 King Kaufman

  • biographies and headshots of all your favorite contributors

  • Best of Baseball Prospectus editor Ben Lindbergh's preface, in which he explains how BP is—and more importantly, isn't—like the rock band Breaking Benjamin


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