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).
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.
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!
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?
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Do you plan to release a print copy as well. Would love this in paperback.
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….
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?
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