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Back in 2003, the highest-paid player in baseball was Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, at $22 million. This year, 24 players are making at least as much as Rodriguez did in 2003, led by Clayton Kershaw at $33 million. Back in 2003, the average MLB team payroll was $70 million, with only the Yankees above $120 million and 14 teams under $60 million. This year, the average MLB team payroll is $150 million, no team is under $80 million, and the “small-payroll” Royals out-spend the 2003 Yankees. Even the MLB minimum salary has risen from $300,000 in 2003 to $535,000 today, an increase of 78 percent.
It won’t stir up quite as much excitement (or potential for insult) as the “Guess Your Weight” game at state fairs and amusement parks, but if you step right up! we can guess the exact dollar amount you first paid for a subscription to Baseball Prospectus. The answer is $39.95. We know that because our subscription price has not changed since at least 2003 (and possibly ever). We’ve decided to raise BP’s subscription price for the first time. Just a little bit, from $39.95 to $45.95, with a similar increase to our super-premium subscription package.
We've come a long way at Baseball Prospectus since Baseball Prospectus 1996 hit a few dozen mailboxes across America and left readers--especially St. Louis Cardinals fans--wanting more. I joined BP in the summer of 1996, when Gary Huckabay wanted a website to support his new book. We were lucky enough to be online during the infancy of the World Wide Web--a term that has gone from cutting-edge to quaintly archaic during our tenure--and thanks to our Premium subscribers, we have been able to build a business around thinking and writing about baseball. Despite a shifting lineup of features and talent over the years, one thing has remained consistent: We've always put interesting and enlightening baseball content--stuff we'd want to read--over everything else.
Today, I'm excited to announce the next step in the development of Baseball Prospectus. Over the past few months, we've been in discussions with a group of baseball enthusiasts who think the same way we do about putting quality content at the top of the list. Late last week, we completed the sale of the company to this group, which is led by Jim Walsh.
PECOTA appears at MLB.com, and BP publishes new stat reports and updates to PITCHf/x products and player cards.
Often, the content on the Baseball Prospectus website is driven by data collected during the research leading to an article. And readers can now benefit from some recent research on a daily basis, as six new reports have been added to the sortable statistics page, all of which will be updated daily throughout the season.
Prospectus Entertainment Ventures (PEV), which owns the highly successful website and annual book franchise Baseball Prospectus, has announced that it will be expanding its next-level coverage of sports into a new area. PEV CEO Joe Hamrahi announced on Tuesday that a new website, Mongolian Yak Racing Prospectus, would be launching soon and that several Baseball Prospectus regulars would be contributing content. Said Hamrahi, “We’re always looking to strengthen our brand, and this seems like a natural fit. We borrowed a supercomputer from a MLB mystery team, it told us to expand into Mongolian yak racing, and we all know that supercomputers are NEVER wrong. Which reminds me, I need to return this supercomputer.”
BP editor-in-chief Ben Lindbergh will do double-duty as MYRP editor-in-chief and its companion site Yakworthy, which will consist mostly of GIFs of yaks falling over. Lindbergh was excited by his new responsibilities, saying, “We’re going to offer a lot of great coverage, including the latest in yak racing rumors. We’re bringing on an as-yet-unnamed fetus who has been tweeting about yak transactions from his mother’s womb.”
The details of BP's new partnership with the daily fantasy website DraftStreet.
It’s certainly no secret that one of the fastest growing segments of the fantasy population these days is daily and weekly fantasy leagues—and we’ve all heard the arguments why. When Jurickson Profar, Kris Medlen, or Jarrod Parker get injured, and you have them on your rotisserie teams, it’s a long-term blow. However, in the world of daily/weekly games, it’s only a blow until you can select your next lineup. You can own Mike Trout one day and Carlos Gonzalez the next. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a whole other way to enjoy the world of fantasy sports.
Here at Baseball Prospectus, we’re proud to announce we’ll be partnering with one of the most recognizable names in this space for the 2014 season, DraftStreet.com. As part of this partnership, we’re going to be publishing strategy pieces twice a week on how to get a leg up in your DraftStreet league, anchored by long-time daily-game player Paul Sporer. If you’re looking for more information on DraftStreet's MLB product, here is some further information from their website:
BP Premium and Super-Premium subscribers are now eligible for a 20% discount off MLB.tv!
If you've ever tried to settle an argument by citing a statistic developed in the last decade, you may have found yourself on the receiving end of a common refrain: "Get your head out of that spreadsheet and try watching a game." Of course, there's never been any truth to the idea that people who like to study baseball stats do so instead of seeing games. If and when we have our heads stuck in spreadsheets, it's because we watch a lot of games and enjoy them so much that we want to better understand what we're seeing. And for people who watch a lot of baseball, the ability to stream games online through MLB.TV since the 2002 season has made life a lot better.
Keeping Premium the same price, bidding farewell to the fantasy sub, and adding another option.
Note: This article was originally published on January 23, 2014. It has been updated to reflect the availability of the Super Premium subscription.
When Baseball Prospectus became a premium site 11 years ago, a one-year subscription cost $39.95. Since then, the US economy has inflated by an average of 2.4 percent per year, which means that if you'd stuck that $39.95 under your mattress in 2003, it would be worth only $30.62 in 2003 dollars today. If you spent the cash while you could on Nate Silver’s first-ever PECOTA projections instead of letting it depreciate, well done—you got more bang for your buck.