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Oh my god, oh my god! It is getting close to December. It isn’t just the month of numerous holiday seasons or the first day of winter. December is also the time of year when one of my favorite publications comes out. I first read about this book when I read Fantasyland by Sam Walker. The book I am speaking of is the Baseball Forecaster by Ron Shandler.
If you love everything that Bill James has taught you then, imagine if someone applied those teachings to the game of fantasy baseball. You don’t have to imagine it because, it is a reality.
The Baseball Forecaster was the first publicaton to apply Sabermetrics to the game of fantasy baseball. It contains player projections and the complete stats of every player (over 900 in total) from the previous season. The basic stats such as runs, avg, HR, RBI, etc. are there as well as power index, ground ball/line drive/fly ball percentage, contact/walk rate and of course, dollar value in rotisserie leagues.
The book also covers a comprehensive list of minor leaguers that are going to make an impact during the following season. Not to mention, a full mock draft for every type of league you can imagine. Whether it is rotisserie, head-to-head, auction etc., The Baseball Forecaster has got it covered.
Ron Shandler started the most competitive expert league called Tout Wars, which I also first heard of in Sam Walker’s Fantasyland. Shandler also runs baseballhq.com, one of the best sources for fantasy baseball on the web.
The 2008 season was the first season in which I had used the Forecaster for my draft day preparation and this season won’t be any different. The great thing I love about the Baseball Forecaster is that it comes out in December, which gives you more than enough time to look through it and really analyze the players. By the time draft day rolled around last season, my book was highlighted and full of notes. I never even did that much to a book for any class in college.
Even though you buy the book in December, the projections may turn people off because they are done so far ahead of time and a laundry list of things can happen to players between December and Opening Day. Well, if you buy the Baseball Forecaster, you can go online to baseballhq.com and get an updated projection list. The projection update goes up around the beginning of March, just one month before the start of the season.
If you want the most complete guide to fantasy baseball, then look no further. Ron Shandler’s Baseball Forecaster is a must for any serious fantasy baseball enthusiast. You can order it direct from his website right here. The brand new 2009 edition is available between the first and second week of December. I highly recommend it.