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.
Announcing the departures of new scouts Jason Cole and Zach Mortimer.
It was a little over a year ago that I was handed the operational reins of Baseball Prospectus’ prospect coverage, a move that resulted in a pronounced spike of psychoanalysis-related expenses for the decision makers of the company, specifically BP President and CEO Joe Hamrahi. Normally I would apologize to the powers that be for such an occupational vexation, but it’s healthy and rewarding to talk about our feelings to unprejudiced sources in calming environments in exchange for money and often-extreme emotional vulnerability. You’re welcome.