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September 14, 2011

From the Editor's Desk

Welcome the New Baseball Prospectus 2012 Crew

by Steven Goldman

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Since 2005, the Baseball Prospectus annual has been like my third child. I have spent more time with it  than I have with my actual children, but it has been time well spent—the annual is the heir to the Bill James books that activated my love for the game as a teenager, and I’ve tried my best to live up to that standard, to make it a book you could read as well as use as a reference, to laugh with and learn from. During my term as editor, mostly in tandem with the great Christina Kahrl, the book grew in depth and complexity and achieved bestseller status. I am so proud to have done right by the legacy that the founders entrusted to me.

Alas, it is time for a change. After six editions as editor or co-editor, I am ready to seek new challenges (among them my continuing role as editor-in-chief of BP.com), and so I am passing the torch. It is hard to let go of something for which you have such deep feelings, but I do so knowing the book is in the best of hands. I am certain that the new crew needs no introduction, but for the few of you who haven’t been watching their careers with admiration as I have:

King Kaufman is the manager of the writer program at Bleacher Report, responsible for helping the site's 7,000-plus writers improve the quality of their work. He spent 14 years at the pioneering website Salon.com, where he wrote the King Kaufman's Sports Daily column for much of that time. Before that he covered boxing, wrote lifestyle features, and pulled shifts on every desk, starting at every hour on the clock, at the old Hearst San Francisco Examiner. Kaufman is the inventor of the very silly stat the Neifi Index. He lives in San Francisco.

Cecilia M. Tan has been writing about baseball since her fourth grade book report on Reggie Jackson's biography. Her writings on the sport have appeared in Yankees Magazine, Gotham Baseball, Slow Trains, and many other places. She is the author of The 50 Greatest Yankee Games, editor of the Maple Street Press Yankees Annual, and is currently serving as Publications Director for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

Please join me in welcoming Mr. Kaufman and Ms. Tan to Baseball Prospectus and elevating the old joint with their presence. I know that with them at the helm, the 17th edition will be the best yet. I can’t wait to see what they do.  

Steven Goldman is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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R.A.Wagman

Looking forward to this year's version.

Sep 14, 2011 13:20 PM
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R.A.Wagman

Let me rephrase that. The book has progressively improved each year sine I first awakened to it in 2007. For the countless hours of entertainment and enlightenment, I thank you, Steven.
With the thinking that two good heads are better than one, even if the one is not part of the two, I believe this will be a new step forward. And I, for one, welcome our new alien overlords.

Sep 14, 2011 19:58 PM
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dianagram

Wow ... congrats to King and Cecilia!

Sep 14, 2011 13:41 PM
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BP staff member Jason Parks
BP staff

Welcome!

Sep 14, 2011 14:57 PM
 
Sacramento

Welcome and good luck!

Sep 14, 2011 16:17 PM
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Richard Bergstrom

I first got hooked on BaseballProspectus from the books and still have copies of each Annual I've bought. Thanks Steven!

Sep 14, 2011 17:20 PM
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Asinwreck

Thanks for your hard work, Steven. I had a feeling both jobs would be inordinately taxing for one human, and good of you to bring capable people in so you can concentrate on the website. I look forward to seeing how the 2012 book compares to previous ones.

Sep 14, 2011 18:15 PM
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BP staff member Cecilia Tan
BP staff

We'll do our best to take good care of your baby, Steve!

Sep 14, 2011 19:36 PM
 
dianagram

I have the utmost faith in you Cecilia!

Sep 14, 2011 20:41 PM
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JosephC

Wow! Welcome to the new editors - mighty talented writers both (and apparently good human beings from what I can tell, too. Well, as good as you can be while being a Yankee fan, in Cecilia's case).

Sep 14, 2011 22:14 PM
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Agent007

Applause! Applause! Where's the champagne?

Sep 15, 2011 07:09 AM
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cdmyers

The King!

Sep 15, 2011 07:41 AM
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casey

Seems fitting, as King Kaufman is who turned me on to BP some years ago in one of his Salon columns. Exciting news!

Sep 15, 2011 08:58 AM
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Bob

Suggestion: how about publishing a prospect guide as well (a la Baseball America's prospect guide)?

Sep 15, 2011 13:29 PM
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vtadave

Yeah because KG doesn't have enough to do already. Kidding of course - this would be a must-buy for me.

Sep 15, 2011 22:47 PM
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Bradley Ankrom

Out of curiosity, what would you be looking for in something like that? I feel that between Kevin's Top 11s/20s/101s and BA's book all bases are pretty well covered. What else are you interested in seeing vis-a-vis prospects?

Sep 16, 2011 05:48 AM
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BurrRutledge

A few weeks after the Annual is published, a softcover paperback size of either KG's Top 101, or his awesome compilation of each team's Top 11.

I'll add the disclaimer that I'm not as interested in the prospect side of BP as many of KG's ardent followers, so I'm not sure how in-depth an analysis those who would purchase the book would be expecting...

Sep 16, 2011 16:22 PM
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BurrRutledge

My thought in the small size would be that it's something that a minor league fan could bring to the ballpark to keep track of some of the hot prospects on the other team's roster. YMMV.

Sep 16, 2011 16:24 PM
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