I’ve said the following in a previous Unfiltered post as well as my most recent chat, but I’ve seen it come up again a few times since then, including in Will’s recent “Focus” post: Baseball Prospectus 2010 will have an index. It really, truly will. By Odin, Zeus, and Babe Ruth, there will be an index.
Look, we feel pretty rotten about the absence of an index in the 2009 edition. We had a perfect storm of things go wrong, and it was put to us that if we insisted on an index the book might be late or not-at-all. Also, they threatened to shoot a puppy. Several puppies. Really cute ones. We figured it was better to have a book without an index than an index without a book. Note that we are with a new publisher this year. The Index Incident is not the whole reason we moved, but it’s not unrelated either. We take anything that compromises the reader experience personally.
This year we had a far more pleasant experience cooking the book and an index was part of it, prepared with care by Christina Kahrl. It is really, really there. Honest. Again, we contritely apologize for last year’s omission, but it is a thing of the past. The index is back and it is here to stay.