Some of the new features you’ll see on these cards:
* ten-year projections, versus the seven-year projections previously offered.
* top 100 comparables, versus the top 20 previously offered.
* better integration with the rest of the site, including links to articles, chats, and roundtable mentions. Much more coming on this front.
* update: forgot to mention that tables are sortable by column. We’re not sure that this has any use with these particular tables, but since we’re going to be using it for a lot of other stuff, we figured we’d throw it on these and see if you all wanted it for anything. Just click a header to sort, and click again to reverse order.
Some stuff either doesn’t work yet or requires more explanation, including but not limited to:
* we have display issues with Internet Explorer, and I’m sure the cards are screwed up in interesting ways in other less mainstream browsing environments.
* search box performance is marginal. Try using the index to manually browse if you have trouble with it.
* similarity scores. We have them, but they’re very different in scale than they were previously, so we’re not displaying them. More on those next week.
* top comparables. The criteria for comps has been refined frequently over the past couple of months, and that explains the differences you see between the comps on the weighted means spreadsheet and cards and those in Baseball Prospectus 2010. More on that soon as well.
* multiple projections for 2010. Here’s the decoder ring: in the “Biographical” box, next to the hitter picture, is our best available PECOTA projection for this hitter, including statistics that our friends who play fantasy will be interested in. If the hitter is on a depth chart and has a playing time projection, we use those numbers (which should match his team’s depth chart). If the hitter is not, we use his 50o projection.
The 2010 projection in the “2010 Forecast” section of the card is park-adjusted, while the 2010 projection in the “Performance Forecast” (10-year projection) section of the card is not park-adjusted, which explains the difference between them. [update: we decided to make these both park-adjusted, because the additional information didn’t seem to merit the confusion having both would cause. Please be aware that in the “Performance Forecast” section, the 2010 projection is park-adjusted but later years are not, and let us know what you think in the comments.]