Baseball Prospectus 2014: The Essential Guide to the 2014 by Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski

By Sam Miller, Jason Wojciechowski

The bestselling annual baseball preview from the neatest analysts within the business

Now in its nineteenth version, the Baseball Prospectus annual exhibits once more the way it grew to become the chief: The 2014 variation contains key stat different types, extra debatable participant predictions, and the type of clever, witty baseball remark that makes this phone-book-thick tome worthy analyzing hide to cover.

Baseball Prospectus 2014 offers myth avid gamers and insiders alike with prescient PECOTA projections, which activities Illustrated has known as ""perhaps the game's so much actual projection model."" nonetheless, stats are only numbers in the event you don't see the bigger context, and Baseball Prospectus brings jointly an elite workforce of analysts to supply the definitive examine all thirty teams—their gamers, their clients, and their managers—to clarify away flukes, scorching streaks, injury-tainted numbers, and park results. Victory, finally, may come all the way down to settling on among the meant sleeper and the hyped up clients who won't be capable to idiot humans within the convey like they've got down at the farm.

Nearly each major-league crew has sought the recommendation of present or former Prospectus writers, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2014 will comprehend what all these lovers were raving about.

""If you're a baseball fan and also you don't be aware of what BP is, you're operating in a mine with no a kind of helmets with the lighting on it.""—Keith Olbermann

""The first time I observed the PECOTA projections, i noticed that somebody available in the market understood."" —Jeff Luhnow, normal supervisor, Houston Astros

""For me, each year baseball starts off with the large, fabulous, attractive booklet you're protecting on your arms correct now.""—Joe Posnanski

Baseball Prospectus 2013 thoroughly predicted:

*Disappointing performances by means of Albert Pujols, Dan Haren, Michael Bourn, Justin Upton, and Tommy Hanson.

*Breakouts through Paul Goldschmidt, Freddie Freeman, Kyle Seager, Matt Moore, Shelby Miller, and Jason Kipnis, in addition to bounceback seasons from Jayson Werth and Shin-Soo Choo.

*That Max Scherzer will be a Cy younger contender and Michael Wacha ace-in-waiting for the Cardinals.

*That Wil Myers will be a middle-of-the-order bat for Tampa Bay and Josh Donaldson could ultimately win the wealthy Harden exchange for the A's.

*That CC Sabathia's speed drop can be a challenge, yet Felix Hernandez's wouldn't be.

*That Joaquin Benoit, Kenley Jansen, and Koji Uehara have been larger bullpen bets than pre-season nearer choices Bruce Rondon, Brandon League, and Joel Hanrahan.

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1858) III. Title. IV. Series.  162Ear Whacks 165Classic Hurler Caps Classic Series 166Heartbreak and Class 169Phils Keep Chins Clean for Top Doc 172In a Remote Sense, I Can Be Like Mike 174Watching Mitch Is Sheer Torture 177One-Armed Man Was Giant-Killer 180Lousy Judging Comes in Pairs 183Warriors Recapture the Magic 186My Son, The Replacement 189A Little Hot Under the Facemasks 191 NineLOVING THE GAME195The Not-So-Lost Art of Cheating 195Pitching and Moaning 198What's It Called Again, Mr.  201John Kruk's Top 10 List 203Popping the Cork 204An X-Rated Baseball Documentary 207Ripken Is What Baseball, America Were 212In a Dream World, by Dick Young (as told to Bill Conlin) 215 Page viii Acknowledgments As editor, I owe thanks for advice and assistance to many people, including those who shared favorite stories and columns by Bill Conlin.

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Page 7 We won't heal all of these festering sores on the body politic of your favorite sports team by the end of 1995 or even by the end of the century. But let the word go forth from this time and place that a new generation of Americans will no longer tolerate the denigration of Native Americans, minority groups, endangered species, barnyard animals or forces of nature. So let us begin: Penn State Nittany Lions: A triple disgrace that trashes not only Native Americans and women, but the extinct mountain lion, too.

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