I may have spoke too soon in Sunday’s column. Monday morning I read that Jeremy Bonderman had been hit in the foot by a baseball, but fortunately, X-rays were negative.
And in the age of Amazon.com, people don’t wait at their mail box for packages, they wait to get the delivery confirmation via email. On Saturday I received mine telling me my Baseball Prospectus 2004 book was “In the Mail.” Thankfully, I got it yesterday, and I’ve been flipping through it ever since.
For those of you have never picked up a copy of Baseball Prospectus, you’d be doing yourself a favor by doing so. It’s reasonably priced, and the writing is exceptional. I picked up my first one last year, and while watching the Tigers on the tube, I was constantly referring back to it, checking on players I hadn’t quite heard of. And although it’s not geared towards building a fantasy team, it gives you a much better background on what the prospects are for a player then some of the more mainstream fantasy publications.
When I opened it up, I read the well written Foreward, and refreshed myself on the explanation of the advanced statistics. Then I went over to the Tigers section to see what they had to say. They did an interesting analysis on how long it takes really bad teams to get back into contention.
And the results weren’t encouraging.
But don’t take my word for it. Go to their website and pick up a copy. You won’t regret it.
And Baseball Primer kicks off their team previews with a look at Detroit.