It is with great pride and not a little physical exhaustion that we announce the completion of the 14th-annual Baseball Prospectus guide to the coming season. In addition to the usual incisive essays, player comments, and PECOTA projections for all 30 teams and more players than you can easily name without having a couple of stiff drinks before making the attempt, Baseball Prospectus 2009 features:
A new mix of statistics, including WARP for batters, Defense-Adjusted ERA for pitchers.
David Laurila’s “Discovering America,” a look at Latinos adjusting to life in the American pros.
BP Professor Emeritus Gary Huckabay’s look at MLB marketing.
Neil deMause’s review of the latest stadium shenanigans.
A new installment of Kevin Goldstein’s Top 100 prospects.
A new foreword by Keith Olbermann
And of course as always, the book contains a War and Peace-Moby Dick smashup’s-worth of the trenchant commentary, humor, and insight from the BP crew that has made the annual stand out from the many disposable fantasy products that come out at this time of year.
BP 2009 is already rolling off the presses as we speak, and will be arriving in stores and at your favorite on-line vendor just after Valentine’s Day. As in previous years, the BP gang will soon after be hitting the road to talk up the new baseball season, sign books, and perform amazing feats of prediction (in some cases while dodging traffic). Watch BP Unfiltered and our Events page for more information in the coming days. On behalf of my co-editor, Christina Kahrl, the assembled BP authors, and myself, I thank you for your continued patronage of our book, very much hope that you enjoy the results of our labors, and look forward to meeting you and talking baseball at a bookstore near you.