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1.6.2. Independent Commentary (Including Blogs) It seems a little silly to list a set of blogs in a book, but many of these sites have been around for years and are very well produced. The best have evolved into subscription services, and they offer some pretty good content for the money. Baseball Prospectus This is the most entertaining source for forecasts and commentary on baseball, with good resources for the fantasy player. The web site, http://www.baseballprospectus.com, has many good articles and statistics available free of charge and a lot more good stuff for subscribers. Baseball Graphs One of my favorite independent web sites is http://www.baseballgraphs.com. This site presents groups of statistics graphically, looking at statistics in ways that you've never seen them before. Baseball Musings Check out http://www.baseballmusings.com, the blog from David Pinto, the former lead researcher for ESPN's Baseball Tonight. This is a great source of commentary from a really knowledgeable fan. In particular, look at the "Defensive Charts, Probabilistic" analysis. Thorn's Blog John Thorn wrote or edited some of the best books ever written about baseball, and he has a terrific blog at http://thornpricks.blogspot.com. Most Valuable Network There is a great set of blogs at http://mostvaluablenetwork.com, including a few devoted to specific teams. Baseball Think Factory You can find a really good web site for discussing baseball statistics at http://www.baseballthinkfactory.org. Tango on Baseball Check out http://www.tangotiger.net, a site that provides a great collection of essays and analysis.

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1.6.1. Player Statistics There are many good web sites for finding statistics on current players. Here are a few of my favorites: Major League Baseball The best place to start is MLB.com (http://www.mlb.com), the official web site of Major League Baseball. Here you'll find the "official" statistics (as tabulated by the Elias Sports Bureau) for all current and past players. MLB.com lets you look at spray charts (diagrams showing where every ball was hit by a player) for all major league players. If you're curious why the defensive players shift positions for certain players, this can help answer your question. ESPN Like most web sites, ESPN.com (http://www.espn.com) has current statistics on every baseball player. But ESPN adds a unique twist: it includes a number of sabermetric stats, including park factors and DIPS. (I explain a lot of these statistics in Chapter 5.) If you subscribe to the web site, you'll get access to more content, including commentary from scouting agencies and a print subscription to ESPN The Magazine. Baseball Reference The Baseball Reference web site (http://www.baseballreference.com) is one of my favorite sources for information. This web site is based on the data from the Baseball DataBank (see "Get a MySQL Database of Player and Team Statistics" [Hack #10]), so you will find that its statistics are consistent with the stats in this book. This site includes all the basic, familiar statistics, plus some sabermetric stats like ERA+, OPS+, RF, and similarity scores. I like the straightforward user interface and the simple, text-format results. (According to this site, Reggie's AVG was .286 in 1977, in case you were wondering.) Retrosheet The best source for information on baseball games is http://www.retrosheet.org. You'll find some statistics on players, but the best stuff here is the box scores going back 100 years, and play-by-play information going back almost 50 years.

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