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September 12, 2011

From the Editor's Desk

Unveiling the New Daily Hit List

by Steven Goldman

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It has been a year of great change and experimentation at Baseball Prospectus, and we’re not done yet. This week we will be unveiling several new features that we hope will increase your enjoyment of our content and statistics.

When I was sworn into office, one priority for me was to increase the “portability” of our product, taking some of the cooler information that we provide that had been scattered to different corners of our far-flung empire and uniting it under one umbrella. For example, our adjusted standings, Hit List-adjusted standings, and postseason odds all give a picture of the pennant race in action, but like Peter Parker and Spider-Man, they were never seen in public together.

The first step in changing this was to make a simple adjustment to the presentation of these reports, linking them via a navigation bar that allows you to easily shift between them. We also added the “Hit List Factor” to the adjusted standings page. The next step, one which we complete today, was to make the Hit List, our weekly power-poll equivalent, daily. This would draw together our commentary and daily standings on a more timely basis than the weekly version we’ve been doing for years; the pennant race doesn’t update weekly, so why should we wait that long?

Last week we beta-tested this new version. Today we go public. From now on until the end of the season, you will find the Prospectus Hit List every day in the main article flow. We will publish new commentary Monday through Friday, with Friday’s looking towards the weekend. Don’t hesitate to come back Saturday and Sunday, though, because although we’ll be resting our tired writers for those 48 hours, the numbers will continue to update. By the way, those numbers are fully sortable. The default ranking is by our adjusted Hit List factor, but you can change that by snapping your fingers (although it will help if you click your mouse with your other hand).

In the future, we hope to make our daily Hit List available by email subscription so that each day you can receive this directly instead of having to seek it out. Let me know if that is something you would be interested in. We will also soon be unveiling a compact stats package for which I have the same hopes, a daily bullet of info that you can easily digest and pass along.

I hope you enjoy the new daily Hit List. I look forward to receiving your feedback, either here in the comments or via email. As always, thank you for choosing to spend part of your day with Baseball Prospectus.

Steven Goldman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Steven's other articles. You can contact Steven by clicking here

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I like it. Wish I could filter by league, but the links at the bottom of the page are a great feature, IMO.

Sep 12, 2011 12:09 PM
rating: 0

Good god, man! Does BP's web host charge by the square inch? That thing is nearly unreadable. This page needs help, this whole site needs help.

Sep 12, 2011 12:12 PM
rating: -3

Works fine for me...

Sep 12, 2011 14:27 PM
rating: 0

Agree. No idea where the preference for Mickey Mouse font sizes started.

Sep 14, 2011 01:52 AM
rating: 0

Seems like a lot of work for what it's worth. I suppose it's easy enough to discontinue next year if the hits to it trail off.

Others' mileage may vary.

Sep 12, 2011 12:32 PM
rating: -1

Maybe I missed it, but can you add the rank (1-30) next to each team?

Sep 12, 2011 13:52 PM
rating: 4
BP staff member Jay Jaffe
BP staff

While I'm no longer involved in the Hit List, I'm happy to see it relaunched, and thank those readers who spoke up and pined for its return. It's my baby, and letting go of it after 6+ years isn't the easiest thing, but — in this case, at least — change is good.

Sep 12, 2011 15:06 PM
Richard Bergstrom

You did a great job with it Jay!

Sep 12, 2011 22:37 PM
rating: 7
Matt Kory

Looks great, Steven. Will there be a place for comments?

Sep 12, 2011 16:30 PM
rating: 1
BP staff member Rob McQuown
BP staff

Comments coming soon.

Sep 12, 2011 17:11 PM

Could you also make the player names come up as hyperlinks like the old Hit List?

Sep 13, 2011 09:49 AM
rating: 1

Looks good, although it's a little tricky to follow the info for the lower-ranked teams. Perhaps you could repeat the header row periodically?

Sep 13, 2011 07:19 AM
rating: 2

My thoughts exactly...as you scroll down the page you eventually reach a point where you can no longer see the header row. This is one of my personal pet peeves of website design, and you see it everywhere.

Sep 13, 2011 08:13 AM
rating: 3
Greg Ioannou

The column spacing is weird, with narrow columns at the left of the table and wide ones at the right.

And as Patrick said, could you please rank the teams 1-30, with a +/- column showing which are doing better/worse than the day before?

Sep 14, 2011 04:46 AM
rating: 1

I would love to see stuff like this emailed out or accessible by a Mobile Phone App.

Sep 21, 2011 10:53 AM
rating: 0
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