For more than twenty years, Baseball Prospectus has offered subscribers baseball analysis, wit, and wisdom on a daily basis. A lot has changed since Gary Huckabay fired up his photocopier and published the 29-team Baseball Prospectus Annual in 1996: OPS is displayed on team jumbotrons (it’s a start), Brad Ausmus’s career WARP went up by 20, and we even redesigned the site once. More importantly, the names and ideas that came out of the wellspring that was early BP have flowed into baseball itself, into analytics and scouting departments. The world of baseball has transformed almost as much as the internet where it was born.

One thing that has not been altered in those twenty years is its crusade to continually develop how we think about the game. Though the masthead of the company has been graced by the likes of Davenport, Sheehan, Kahrl, Keri, Silver, Woolner, Wyers, Goldstein, Parks, Lindbergh, and Miller, the most indelible element to the company is its culture, how we’ve progressed from one era to another, sometimes changing in style or presentation, but always maintaining that same grassroots spirit of its early days. It’s ironic to think, given how many of our alumni are now inside the game (and it is, without a doubt, a source of great pride), but Baseball Prospectus has always been, at its heart, a collection of outsiders: writers and thinkers who examine the sport critically and externally. The stereotype of the blogger who doesn’t watch baseball has never been true, but is clearly evident now: we are people who love baseball, and love thinking about it.

In light of this introduction, it is our pleasure to announce that today marks the newest of the many eras of Baseball Prospectus. A group of the site’s senior staff has purchased Baseball Prospectus, effective immediately. For the first time in a long time, BP will be run by BP again. By the people who have worked to make the site what it is.

Over the coming months, we’ll be making general improvements to the site as we refocus our energies on making BP the best it can be. This is an exciting time for us, as we’ll be rolling out new projects that we’ve been working on for some time (hello, DRC!) and add some polish to make the tools we already provide more intuitive and user-friendly (goodbye, legacy stats pages!). But while we have our own shopping list of improvements, we also want to hear from you, the subscribers and lapsed or prospective subscribers, to hear what you’d like to see us prioritize in the coming months and beyond. For that, we’d like to ask you to take the following survey, and tell us what you want BP to be, in both the short and long term.

Baseball Prospectus Subscriber Survey

Along with everything that has changed in the game of baseball, a lot has changed about the game of baseball writing as well. Baseball Prospectus was one of the early examples of the subscription model of publication, and with sites like The Athletic, the rest of the sportswriting world is slowly coming around to our point of view. Quality baseball writing and analysis depends on an environment where consumers pay for their content, just as it always has. That’s why one of the most visible changes we want to make in the near future is to make it easier to access and enjoy the benefits of your subscription: from improving our glossary to make our statistics more intuitive, to improving the visualization of our statistics, to providing fun, easy-to-use tools to visualize BP’s vast repository of data. We want to make BP not only more valuable, but also easier than ever to use.

The other element of Baseball Prospectus that we have high hopes for is to revitalize the community of public sabermetrics. In the eighties, sabermetric thought was so scarce that reaching out to like-minded fans meant drawing half of a fish in the dirt; in the nineties, and during the early days of BP, it still felt like a secret clubhouse. It’s not the same now—as ESPN2’s broadcast of the NL Wild Card game proved, “advanced” stats are much more mainstream—but that sense of fellowship and participation isn’t only vital for us, it’s part of sports fandom in general. That’s why we want to re-envision the site as a way to get you, the readers, more involved and in touch with what we do. It’s not just lip service about new products, and it’s not just our writers and experts handing down information like a college lecture. It’s about reviving Hacking Mass, and the Internet Baseball Awards, and other participatory events. It’s about reviving the ProGUESTus series and inviting people to write for the site itself when they have good ideas. It’s about recapturing what truly made the sabermetric revolution exciting—not that it changed baseball, because baseball was and is always changing. It was the fun of figuring it out together. It’s also about recognizing that as teams and the leagues continue to bring outside baseball minds into the fold, the public sabermetric community needs to refresh both its personnel and its statistical tools, to ensure that full enjoyment of the intricacies of baseball is not limited to a privileged few.

So get ready for the next Baseball Prospectus, which should feel like the old Baseball Prospectus with a new cutter. We’re fortunate to exist alongside a sport that serves as such a capable metaphor for the next phase of the company, one of cyclical advancement, a shared team name seeing through continuous eras. We think this next era is going to be pretty great. We hope you’ll be there with us for it.

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Jeff Wiser
Goosebumps. So happy for the BP crew!
Michael Brewer
Oh, wow; congrats, y'all! :)
Excellent news!

I'd love to see better archiving so articles on relevant topics can be more easily found. And also bring back the "Articles Mentioning this Player" feature that seems to have gone MIA on the player cards.

Thanks for everything all of you do and I'm looking forward to what changes are in store!
Great to hear, good luck!
Congratulations to all involved and good luck going forward.
John Mayne
Exciting times! Good luck!
Great news, best wishes!
Douglas Winkey
This is awesome. Congratulations BP!
don easterbrook
great to hear ......also maybe more into the scoresheet baseball aspect with articledswould be great.
everything is stats stats stats...good job
Byron Hauck
John Hardman
Excellent. *That* might get me to keep subscribing. I wasn't going to renew the next time around.
Huah! Keep it up. More Short Relief. Expand Hacking Mass. Have a dedicated Neifi Perez site, in fact.
I'd love it if you focus more on some of the core features. I'm guessing many people place a large value on the PECOTA projections, for example. Back in the day, those were constantly reviewed and tweaked to make them as good as they could be. That emphasis seems to be gone. Also, in the past couple of years -- while the PFM, weighted means and other fantasy draft tools were offered -- they were never up to date. Players could be out for the year, and it would take three weeks for those to be updated, rendering the tools worthless. You have a huge name brand advantage to PECOTA and the related tools that you could market heavily, but you have to put effort into making them the best that they can be. Also, all hail the return of IBAs and Hacking Mass.
It would be awesome if I could follow a link to an article (say, this one), log in, and then have the browser take me to the page I was just on instead of to the home page. I'd think it was a browser issue if literally any other site on the internet worked this way...

But seriously, this is great news. My #1 request, BY FAR, would be better organization of the blog content. Some kind of clear verticals or history of each blog type (e.g. transaction analysis, top prospects, etc.) would be immensely helpful for actually trying to sort through the content to find stuff I actually want (as opposed to randomly browsing/wading through the mess of a front page). I get that there's something for everybody to stumble onto on the front page, but the seemingly random assortment of blog content is a barrier to to me proactively visiting the site to browse articles.
oh my gosh, the logins that don't redirect back to where you logged in from!!! Also, if you click on "More" or whatever, to see articles off the front page, the first page of options is the exact same list currently on the front page!
I would echo these comments--in addition to the log-in issue, the organization of archived material, by author and by column type worked very well prior to the last change on the site, but has been awkward and ineffective for some time now.

Another commenter suggested easily accessible archives by author--that's another excellent suggestion.

Finally, Short Relief has been a delightful feature. On top of all the statistics, it's great to have creative, interesting, and often strange pieces from a diverse range of voices.

Finally, congratulations!
Robert Butler
I would say all the things that these people did, but they said them, and very well. So I will just concur with them.
Christopher Schaffner
Ditto - the repeated logins and getting redirected back to the main page drive me nuts.
Pat Folz
Oh man my stomach fell when I read that headline... but it's actually really GOOD news! Congratulations on the purchase, and best wishes going forward!

I'm going to fill out the survey asap, but since I came here trying to find an old episode of Up and In... my #1 request is to improve the intrasite search feature. It's always awkward to actually use to search within a particular site, and I don't always know enough about what I'm looking for exactly to make those work effectively. The old search was a bit clumsy but it worked, it let you filter by author and/or column title and/or date range etc.

If I may, while the modern writing is great as usual, one of the best things Baseball Prospectus has going for it now is a 22 year archive of writing by some of the best and most significant thinkers in baseball (and outside it!). It should be very easy to go back and read everything by Nate Silver or Kevin Goldstein or James Click or Christina Kahrl and so forth.
Jonathan Judge
Folks: thank you so much for the kind words but even more so for these suggestions; please keep them coming. We want to know what you miss, what you love, what you'd rather see, and what you think would be nice to see.
john schafer
This is great news...took the survey and realize I only use about 10% of the sites capability. I use what I know so that is on me to check out the other parts. I also get a security warning when attempting to access the BP city pages. Says it is not a trusted page. Any suggestions?
Rob Mains
I'd like to echo what Jonathan said. Thanks to all of you for the kind words and the support. (Good to see some of my favorite commenters here as well!) Please let us know what we can do to make BP better for you. That's our goal.
Jim Pertierra
Terrific! PLEASE look into why there is no print option for the top 10 prospects by team. I would be lost without Team Tracker!!!!
Justin Quinton
More chats please... very sporadic this year and drove me nuts. Might not ask questions a lot but I always read and look forward to them.
Change and improvement are welcome. BP has definitely slipped in recent years.

Best of luck!
Good luck and congrats!

Better search would be nice. Simple searches like finding the top dynasty prospect list can be tough.

Also, restoring the ability to search user comments.
Bobby Borges
Im happy to hear but im confused about your tshirt /subscription offer. $125 seems a bit steep for a 1 yr subscription $45, the book maybe $25 (amazon has it for $18) , thsirt maybe 25. Seems like we are being charged for another subscription (what if we dont have anyone to give one too) and for the buy one get one event (what if there is none near us) not trying to be ngative but i let my subscription lapse and was hoping for a deal like this, but this doesnt make sense. Can there be flexibility with this? Thanks
Brian Kopec
The website offers a worse user experience than it did back in, oh... say 2007 or so. That's hard to do. Some examples where the user experience has gone backward:

- I frequently am forced to log in despite using the 'remember me' option.
- Log in takes you back to the main page, not what you were reading.
- Search is broken. Used to be pretty good. It's so bad now, I don't even try.

I think the poor design of the website is reflected in the lack of comments on new articles. Articles used to drive tons of reader interaction, which was a valuable part of the community. That's gone.

As a fairly early subscriber, I've had a hard time adjusting to the writing style of some of the newer authors. I'm sure it's because I'm out of touch or just a humorless old-fart. But the new prices are definitely pricing me out of the BP family once my subscription runs out. Fortunately, I have a year+ on my subscription so I am looking forward to the improvements and changes and am hopeful you change my mind!
Brian Kopec
How about starting any redesign with a wysiwyg comment editor. I did not submit that last comment in 'block of text' style.