BASEBALL FORECASTER THROUGH THE YEARS

1986 Edition

(Published November 1986)

Original title: Baseball SuperSTATS

Contents: Reports for all 26 teams, each listing the top 30 players. First publication of gauges from Bill James, Pete Palmer and Thomas Boswell, all in one place. Included secondary average, total average, linear weights, runs created, plus pitching effectiveness (forerunner of strand rate) and more.

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1987 Edition

(Published November 1987)

Renamed: Baseball SuperSTATS Annual

Changes: Same format as 1986. New stats included offensive winning pct., defensive differential, baserunners prevented avg., earned runs prevented avg (next iteration of strand rate) and total pitching effectiveness.

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1988 Edition

(Published November 1988)

Renamed: The Baseball Forecaster Annual Review.

Changes: Expanded format added situational records for teams, monthly and 10-year performance trends and monthly Pythagorean projections. Draft guide history debuts, including the first player projections, for linear weights and Rotisserie ratings.

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1989 Edition

(Published November 1989)

Changes: Same format as 1988. New stats included xERA. Team projections added, using Jamesian tools like the Johnson Effect.

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1990 Edition

(Published November 1990)

Changes: Expanded format included the debut of the first individual player boxes. Boxes listed monthly stats in one section, 5-year stats in another, plus a 2-line commentary.

Essays/Sections: Long Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…; Mostly Sunny, Increasing Darkness Towards Evening; Stats du Jour (early version of the Forecasters Toolbox); Compact, Handy Dandy Fantasy Draft Guide

Single copies: $2

1992 Edition

(Published November 1991)

Post-dating of editions began
Changes: Over 50% more players included (over 700 in all), Revised format for player boxes included snapshot analysis section, major league equivalents, full stat projections and new stats like stolen base opportunity pct. and expected linear weights.

Essays/Sections: Decomposing Idols and Near Sleep, Not Quantum Physics, Fast Food News, Fantasy Draft Guide vs. Mr. Bill, Eternally Yours

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1993 Edition

(Published November 1992)

Changes: Debut of Pure Pitching Potential (PVal), the forerunner of BPV. Addition of more analytical essays. Burnout potential added to pitching charts.

Essays/Sections: Cocktails, Leading Indicators and the Art of Creative Discrepancy Analysis, The Key to Unlocking Pitching Performance, This Question of Predictability, A History of a Forecast, Early Bird Fantasy Draft Guide, Our Guaranteed Forecast for 1993

Single copies: $2

1994 Edition

(Published November 1993)

Changes: Full commentary boxes added to player analyses, introduction of power and speed ratings

Essays/Sections: Harsh Realities; Official Glossary of Abbreviations, Acronyms, Obscure Formulas, Arbitrary Concepts, Inside Jokes and Government Secrets; New Frontiers in Creative Discrepancy Analysis; Leading Indicators: Leaders and Losers; Age and Performance; Early Bird Head Start Fantasy Draft Guide; The 10 Most Dangerous Mistakes Fantasy Leaguers Make

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1995 Edition

(Published November 1994)

Changes: Introduction of forecast risk, strand rate reappears in pitcher boxes

Essays/Sections: Canned Philosophies, Encyclopaedia of Important Stuff, The Ventura Effect, The BPV Trilogy, The Truth Behind “Inside Information,” Early Bird Head Start Fantasy Draft Guide, The Beginning

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1996 Edition

(Published November 1995)

10th Anniversary Edition.

Changes: Introduction of normalized gauges

Essays/Sections: Not all bad things happen in Pittsburgh, Challenging the Core Concept, Top Ten Reasons Why Projecting Playing Time is a Thankless Job, Finding Normalcy in an Abnormal World, Another Step Closer to Nirvana, Official Baseball Forecaster Encyclopaedia in the Back of the Book, Early-Bird, Head-Start Fantasy Draft Guide

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1997 Edition

(Published November 1996)

Changes: Introduction of minor league prospect analysis.

Essays/Sections: Hillbillies, Top Ten Theories Why Brady Anderson Hit 50 HRs in 1996, Stranded With the Wild Steer, BPV – The Next Generation, 30 HRs is Just Another Day at the Office, Encyclopaedia, Early Bird Fantasy Draft Guide, Baseball Stats Go To Court

Single copies: $2

1998 Edition

(Published December 1997)

Changes: No significant changes

Essays/Sections: The Ancient Legend of TOG, Sabermetric Encyclopaedia, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Top 50 Prospects for 1998, Early Bird Fantasy Draft Guide

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1999 Edition

(Published December 1998)

Changes: Runs above replacement replaces linear weights, introduction of 2-year major league equivalents for all AA and AAA players,

Essays/Sections: Crickets, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Top 50 Prospects, Major League Equivalents, Draft Guide History, Sabermetric Glossary

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2000 Edition

(Published December 1999)

Changes: Introduction of injury update, LIMA Plan

Essays/Sections: Revelation, Forecaster’s Toolbox, MIAs and Late Breakers, Top 50 Prospects, Major League Equivalents, Draft Guide History, Legumes, Sabermetric Glossary

Single copies: $3

2001 Edition

(Published December 2000)

Changes: Introduction of walk and contact rates, expanded summaries for prospects, addition of Baseball HQ essay archive

Essays/Sections: Propaganda, Off-Season Injury Report, Top 50 Prospects for 2001, Major League Equivalents, Draft Guide History, Number Games (Time to Toss the Numbers, Pedro Martinez and the LIMA Plan, The .300 Hackers, Skills Ownership Revisited), Forecaster’s Toolbox, Sabermetric Glossary

Single copies: $3

2002 Edition

(Published December 2001)

Changes: Introduction of pitching logs, Pure Quality Start (PQS) ratings, Domination/Disaster Pcts, full forecast boxes for top prospects. Addition of hit pct (H%) to pitcher boxes, Cheater’s Bookmark

Essays/Sections: Catharsis, Foundation Philosophies, Forecaster’s Toolbox, PQS Pitching Logs, Top Prospects for 2002, Major League Equivalents, Draft Guide History, Greatest Hits (The Truth About Predictability, Refining LIMA, The Gambler’s Fallacy, Aces in the Hole, Fine-Tuning the Quest for BA), Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $3

2003 Edition

(Published December 2002)

Changes: Condensed pitching logs, bullpen indicator charts. Addition of ground ball/flyball ratios, expected batting average, 5-year platoon data, pitching run support

Essays/Sections: Pilgrimage, Batting Eye: Playing the Percentages, Expected Batting Average, Fly Ball Tendency and Power, Foundation Philosophies, Forecaster’s Toolbox, New Perspectives in PQS, Are We Losing the Bullpen Battle?, Top Prospects for 2003, Major League Equivalents, Draft Guide History, Greatest Hits (LIMA Grading, 8 Myths of the LIMA Plan, How to Beat the LIMA Plan, Troubleshooting LIMA, Fixating on Today), It’s Time to Kill Off Fantasy Baseball, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $3

2004 Edition

(Published December 2003)

Changes: Analysts from Baseball HQ contributed to the player commentaries, addition of batting hit rates, risk table, ERA/batting average percentage plays, closer volatility analysis

Essays/Sections: Fanalytics, Command: Playing the Percentages, Expected Batting Average – Take 2, Misery Index, The Next Esteban Loaiza, Batter Hit Rates, The Next Bret Boone, Foundation Philosophies, Forecaster’s Toolbox, PQS Logs, Bullpen Indicators, Top Prospects for 2004, Major League Equivalents, Draft Guide History, Greatest Hits (Addressing Deficiencies, The Pitching Matrix, Got MILC?, Why We Still Fixate on Today, Legitimizing the Other 20%, The Rocky Path to Stardom, The Realities of Cynicism, Realities of the “Process”, The Lesson from Loaiza), Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $3

2005 Edition

(Published December 2004)

Changes: Reliability scores replace risk tables, DL days, Ball in play rates, 5×5 values replace 4×4, New formulas for several gauges, New fanalytics section, New gaming section including overhaul of draft guides

Essays/Sections: Relevance, Foundation Philosophies, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Forecasting runs created, Finding in-season RBI, A look at saves conversion rates, Homerrific, Avoiding line drives, Expected strand rate, xERA2, Prospecting with BPIs, Minor league BPVs and fast starters, How important are initial PQS scores?, When command is not enough, “26”, Taking April more seriously, Blurring the lines of absolutes, The power continuum, The gravity principle, Fanalytics takes on the disabled list, Abandoning command?, PQS Logs, Bullpen Indicators, Top Prospects for 2005, Major League Equivalents, Gaming section (LIMA Plan, RIMA Plan, Stars & Scrubs vs Spread the Risk, Looking ahead to 2005, The pitching matrix, Rotisserie7, Auction draft psychology), Draft guides, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $3

2006 Edition

(Published December 2005)

Changes: Team section, Injury section including 5-year DL history, Stolen base opportunity pct., HR/FB rates

Essays/Sections: Longevity (The Fall of the Icon, Quest for Survival, Forever Phoenix), Foundation Philosophies, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Research Abstracts (Reliability scores, Reliability revisited, Power politics, The Brian Roberts problem, The Ichiro Suzuki problem, Skill versus luck, Can Daniel Cabrera be saved?, Pitching streaks, Ground ball effects, LIMA goes yard, Prospecting for saves, The end of TOG?), PQS Logs, Bullpen Indicators, Health Conditions, Top Prospects for 2006, Major League Equivalents, Gaming section (LIMA Plan, RIMA Plan, Advanced auction theory, Win risk, Rotisserie7, Stratified Rotisserie, Quint-Inning), Draft guides, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $4

2007 Edition

(Published December 2006)

Changes: Expected HRs, League base performance indicators, Gaming research, updated formulas, More ranking lists

Essays/Sections: Watch, Foundation Principles, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Research Abstracts (Reliability and experience, Reliability revisited, New xBA, Forward-looking PQS, Relievers’ secret edge, The impact of handedness, Examining the Coors Field effect, The case for Chien-Ming Wang, Pinpointing skills changes, Timing, streaming and investor returns, Home field advantage, The short term predictive value of xBA, Late season performances of rookie SP, Reviewing past September callups), Core Fanalytic Strategies, Alternative Gaming Formats, Gaming Abstracts (The changing face of fantasy, The 75% solution, Taming the serpentine draft, Total Control Drafting, Waiting, FAAB is in the eye of the beholder, Loss aversion and scarcity in trading, Losing intererst), PQS Logs, Bullpen Indicators, Health Conditions, Hidden injury speculations, Top Prospects for 2007, Major League Equivalents, Ratings/Rankings/Cheat Sheets, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $4

2008 Edition

(Published December 2007)

Changes: Expanded injury section, Japanese League coverage, breakout/breakdown scores

Essays/Sections: Noise, Foundation Principles, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Research Abstracts (Home run to flyball ratios, Wasted talent, Batter breakout profile, Survival of the fittest, Pitch counts and PQS, Days of rest and PQS, Short-term predictive value of xERA, The power of ground ball pitchers, Pitcher breakout profile, BPV and saves success), Gaming Research (The changing face of fantasy, Changing standards, Pigskin to cowhide, Why are we fighting?, A new look at player valuation) Fanalytic Gaming Strategies (LIMA, RIMA, Hybrid strategies, Total control drafting, Portfolio3 Plan), Fanalytic Gaming Formats (Rotisserie7, Stratified Rotisserie, Quint-Inning, Quest for the perfect format), PQS Logs, Bullpen Indicators, Injuries (The bane of our existence, Hidden injury speculations, Off-season report, Log), Prospects (Prospects in perspective, Bull Durham prospects, The value of minor leaguers, Top Prospects for 2008, Top Japanese prospects), Major League Equivalents, Ratings/Rankings/Cheat Sheets, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $4

2009 Edition

(Published December 2008)

Changes: More players, batter consistency charts, pitcher consistency charts, reliability grades

Essays/Sections: Faith, Foundation Principles, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Research Abstracts (The power outage of 2007-2008, The shift to speed, Quality and consistency, QC and other percentage plays, BPV: The next generation, Analyzing probable pitchers, Where do starting pitchers come from?, Rate expectations for relievers, Pure quality relief, Speculating on breakouts), Gaming Research (The changing face of fantasy, Battling dwindling attention spans, Batting order and fantasy value), Fanalytic Gaming Strategies (LIMA, RIMA, Total control drafting, Portfolio3 Plan, The looong term plan), Fanalytic Gaming Formats (Rotisserie7, Stratified Rotisserie, Quint-Inning), Batter consistency charts, Starting pitcher consistency charts, Bullpen indicators, Injuries (Off-season report, Hidden injury speculations, Log), Prospects (Top Prospects for 2009, Top Japanese prospects), Major League Equivalents, Ratings/Rankings/Cheat Sheets, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $5

2010 Edition

(Published December 2009)

Changes: More years of data, batter Base performance values, hidden contests and surveys

Essays/Sections: Billboards, Forecasting Principles, Forecaster’s Toolbox, Research Abstracts (Half-season tendencies, Opposite field home runs, P/PA as a leading indicator, Projecting starting pitcher wins, PQS and quality starts, Saves chances and wins, Which closers will keep their jobs?, MLEs as a leading indicator, Speculating on breakouts), Gaming Research (The changing face of fantasy, Making better use of ADP data, Mapping draft position to auction value, Profiling the end game, Drafting catchers, Sitting stars and starting scrubs, Two-start pitcher weeks), Fanalytic Rules (The cluelessness of WHIP, New rules for a new decade, FAABing the future), Fanalytic Gaming Strategies (LIMA, RIMA, A new look at LIMA, Revisiting the Santana Plan, Total control drafting, Portfolio3 Plan, “Portfolio4:” A plan for rebuilders), Fanalytic Gaming Formats (Rotisserie7, Stratified Rotisserie, Quint-Inning), Batter consistency charts, Starting pitcher consistency charts, Bullpen indicator charts, Injuries (Off-season report, Hidden injury speculations, Is health a skill?, Log), Prospects (Top Prospects for 2010, Top Japanese prospects), Major League Equivalents, Ratings/Rankings/Cheat Sheets, Glossary, Cheater’s Bookmark

Single copies: $5

2011 Edition

(Published December 2010)

Changes: new Encyclopedia of Fanalytics, Rotisserie 500, power and speed support charts

Essays/Sections: Now, Then, Tomorrow, Encyclopedia of Fanalytics, Statistical Research Abstracts (Our changing statistical pool, Trending into trouble, Long-term contracts and injury avoidance, Peak age and BPV, Estimating PX using hard-hit ball data, Predicting SB and SBO, Statistically scouted speed, Debunking pitcher burnout effects, Strand rates revisited, Are PQS trends predictive?, Pitcher skill by time through lineup, Pitcher skill by base situation, Avoiding relief disasters, Projecting team saves, A look at rookie playing time), Gaming Research Abstracts (The Mayberry Method 2, The formula for consistent success, Projecting playing time, Fantasy impact of batting order, ADP and scarcity, The value of consistency in H2H play, Psychologies of high stakes leagues, Rotisserie 500), Batter support charts, Starting pitcher consistency charts, Bullpen indicator charts, Injuries (Off-season report, Hidden injury speculations, Log), Prospects (Top Prospects for 2011, Top Japanese prospects), Major League Equivalents, Ratings/Rankings/Cheat Sheets, Cheater’s Bookmark, PQS Across America

Single copies: $5

2012 Edition

(Published December 2011)

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2013 Edition

(Published December 2012)

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2014 Edition

(Published December 2013)

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2015 Edition

(Published December 2014)

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2016 Edition

(Published December 2015)

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2017 Edition

(Published December 2016)

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2018 Edition

(Published December 2017)

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2019 Edition

(Published December 2018)

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2020 Edition

(Published December 2019)

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Copies of all back editions of Graphical Player (2005-2008), Minor League Baseball Analyst (2006-2011) and Baseball Injury Report (2007) are also available for $3 each, as supplies last.

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