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  1. “…you will have access to all the information in the book on FanGraphs.com when logged in to your FanGraphs account”.

    Neato. Keep up the good work. I’ll be sure to buy.

    Comment by hamandcheese — February 10, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

  2. A natural progression for FanGraphs . . .and a supernatural wrath of terror unleashed upon all other fantasy baseball publications. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

    Comment by Choo — February 10, 2010 @ 5:30 pm

  3. Very excited to get my hands on this. I’m sure the FG writers did an awesome job with this newest of endeavors.

    Comment by Michael — February 10, 2010 @ 5:37 pm

  4. Would you guys let up just a bit. The world can’t handle the waves of awesomeness you’re unleashing upon it.

    Comment by Kevin S. — February 10, 2010 @ 5:48 pm

  5. *bit?

    Ergh. Still missing the edit button, though.

    Comment by Kevin S. — February 10, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

  6. Excellent. Too bad everyone in my league will have a copy too….

    Any chance of releasing a hard copy?

    Comment by Dealer A — February 10, 2010 @ 5:49 pm

  7. Im in.

    Comment by alskor — February 10, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

  8. Will there be an iphone app update forthcoming? I just bought it, and am quite disappointed with the lack of features that are currently available on the website ( a discussion of which is not pertinent to this post).

    But this book looks exciting!

    Comment by Oliver — February 10, 2010 @ 6:56 pm

  9. will there be top 100 list or anything like that?

    can’t wait to get this book!

    Comment by David — February 10, 2010 @ 7:01 pm

  10. Oliver, I’m sorry you’re disappointed. The iPhone app is designed to quickly look up a player’s stats on the go or follow a live game in progress once the season starts using win probability.

    We’re planning on adding additional features, mainly a leaderboard of sorts, but it’s highly unlikely the app will ever offer the depth of information available on the website, given the limited screen space.

    Between the screen shots and the app description, we try to be as clear as possible about what’s available in the app and do believe it is currently the most thorough iPhone app in terms of baseball statistics, but if you are really that unhappy with the application, please contact me through our contact form.

    Comment by David Appelman — February 10, 2010 @ 7:11 pm

  11. Lets get the PDF out … my drafts are coming up! But I am rather excited.

    Comment by ektron — February 10, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

  12. With access to ESPN stuff, will someone only have access to the Fangraphs ESPN articles or will they get full access to ESPN Insider?

    Comment by Nick0rz — February 10, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  13. Will this be available through amazon’s kindle app, iBook (forth coming apple online bookstore) or in a format easily viewed on one these ereaders or some other mobile device?

    It might cost more as most books sell for 9.99, but I’d really like it if this book was easily stored with the rest of my electronic books. Instead of a pdf.

    I’ll be purchasing a copy either way, but I’m not sure my iPhone is going to enjoy loading, or be able to load, a 400 page pdf.

    Comment by ThePat — February 10, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

  14. As my kids say, OMG! Very excited for this. Can’t wait to follow live win probability on the iPhone app once the season starts, too (I’ll be the dork at Citi Field telling my neighbors “the Mets currently have a 37% chance of winning this game”). Keep up the great work!

    Comment by mitchw69 — February 10, 2010 @ 8:08 pm

  15. To clarify, if you buy the FanGraphs book, you will only have access to the articles FanGraphs writes for ESPN Insider and it will be through the FanGraphs.com website.

    Comment by David Appelman — February 10, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  16. We will look into providing this on the Kindle, but I really can’t promise anything. I know Kindle does support PDF, but I agree that loading a PDF on your iPhone is going to be clunky at best.

    However, If you’re just looking to read it on an eReader sized device, I think the PDF should work perfectly well and it has the advantage of being DRM free.

    Comment by David Appelman — February 10, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  17. Sold.

    Comment by John — February 10, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  18. First of all, thanks. This is pretty much what I believe most statistically-centered fantasy players have been waiting for.

    Secondly, a question–whether for FanGraphs alone or the Internet-based baseball blogosphere as a whole, would you care to hazard a guess on what percentage of authors/bloggers play in fantasy baseball leagues?

    Comment by diderot — February 10, 2010 @ 9:18 pm

  19. by all that’s holy and relatively good…don’t sell out to fucking ESPN.

    pwetty pweeease?

    Comment by !!!!!!!!!!! — February 10, 2010 @ 9:25 pm

  20. oh, and i’ll be stuffing this down my fantasy guy’s throat. he hates sabermetrics, lol.

    Comment by !!!!!!!!!!! — February 10, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

  21. You had me at $7.95.

    Comment by Out-of-work Writer — February 10, 2010 @ 11:14 pm

  22. If this website improves any more, my head is going to explode. Totally buying the second opinion.

    Comment by yankee82093 — February 10, 2010 @ 11:53 pm

  23. Do you mind show us the content pages?

    I wonder if there’s any opinions on players newly acquired from Asia’s pro leagues (NPB, KBO, etc.), the Mexican League, and the Cuban league?

    Comment by dorasaga — February 10, 2010 @ 11:56 pm

  24. At this point, I’d blindly buy a Fangraphs book that consisted of Carson Cistulli describing his bowel movements. The fact that it actually has what looks like really useful and handy information is just a huge plus. Sold.

    Comment by danmerqury — February 11, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  25. I’ll have about 5-10 sample pages so people can see what kind of stuff is in the book once it goes on sale.

    I don’t think there’s anything on new import players in the book, but I Patrick Newman covers NPB players in particular for FanGraphs once a week, so if there’s anyone you’re interested in reading more about, just send us a contact note (at the bottom of the page) and I’ll forward it on to him.

    Comment by David Appelman — February 11, 2010 @ 12:21 am

  26. Quote:
    (comments about super amazing analysis) […] and something that Carson wrote […]

    Be careful what you wish for :)

    doesn’t the above quote sum up fangraphs these days? super awesome analysis… and things that carson writes…

    Comment by 198d — February 11, 2010 @ 1:54 am

  27. self-edit: the fangraphs ate my “sarcasm” tags. I wanted it to look something like (crosses fingers):

    <sarcasm> doesn’t the above quote sum up fangraphs these days? super awesome analysis… and things that carson writes… </sarcasm>

    Comment by 198d — February 11, 2010 @ 1:56 am

  28. Look out, 198d: I’m watching you.

    Comment by Carson Cistulli — February 11, 2010 @ 4:49 am

  29. poor PECOTA…

    Comment by The A Team — February 11, 2010 @ 9:23 am

  30. This looks great. Just got the iPhone app and am pleased with that too. I suspect I’ll use it more once the season starts, though, to get updates on games and check box scores.

    Comment by OilCan — February 11, 2010 @ 10:00 am

  31. one: sorry for downvoting your reply, I meant to click on the Reply link. its early for me.

    two: I have the kindle app on my iPhone, so I was hoping to read it through that. I figure that whichever store front you chose would have an apple iPhone application which would make reading the book on the go easier. if not, sadness. I’ll have to figure out something else then.

    Comment by ThePat — February 11, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  32. I think everyone will be very pleased with this offering… It’s very exciting and I think our profiles get into more detail with analysis that you can’t get anywhere else but at Fangraphs. Keep in mind that this is the first year that we’re offering the product and we are extremely receptive to suggestions on how to make it an even bigger bang for your buck in the coming years. Over on the fantasy side of the site (Rotographs), you can except increased (free) fantasy coverage all year round, which will build off of, and enhance, The Second Opinion.

    Comment by Marc Hulet — February 11, 2010 @ 11:35 am

  33. Haha – I’ll have this app going at CitiField as well. Although I think you’re being a bit optimistic about that chance of win percentage. :)

    Comment by saltybiscuits — February 11, 2010 @ 11:45 am

  34. Does this include articles and features currently not published on Fangraphs? HAVE YOU BEEN HOLDING OUT ON US!? :)

    Comment by saltybiscuits — February 11, 2010 @ 11:46 am

  35. Do you plan to release a print copy as well. Would love this in paperback.

    Comment by D. — February 11, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

  36. Now you’re making it big…congrats on the next step David!

    Comment by Mark — February 11, 2010 @ 7:51 pm

  37. WOW!
    This is awesome. I love to see that you guys are making this happen!!

    Comment by payday0023 — February 11, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  38. can we purchase this book now? where?

    Comment by raygu — February 13, 2010 @ 4:46 pm

  39. Is the book available for download yet? Those of us who are trying to make bold moves in our keeper leagues (like keeping Brett Anderson over Adam Jones) are looking for some edification from your astute statistical analysis….

    Comment by Zach — February 21, 2010 @ 1:15 pm

  40. When is this going to be available? Soon, I hope–some of us have keeper league drafts coming up in the next week or two and are waiting for our favorite, best-written and best-researched analysis site to drop some knowledge that will help us make those last and most difficult decisions, such as: whither Adam Jones?

    Comment by BronxOrioleFan — February 21, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

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