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    I bought the Forecaster a few years back and subscribed to Baseball HQ since. Having an understanding of the basic principles already, is there a benefit to owning the 2018 Forecaster as well as having my subscription?

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    Some benefit to getting both, but certainly considerable overlap too.

    If the main reason you would buy the Baseball Forecaster book is for the 2018 player projections and comments, the projections on the website are more current and easier to access and use. The comments are on the website at each PlayerLink page but are much easier to read in the book form than by clicking through to each PlayerLink page.

    There is lot of other useful content in the book such as background about research findings and other essays. It's well done (in my very highly biased opinion) and fun to read but ... it's February 9, just weeks before draft day. You're probably not positioned to spend time now on background issues. I

    It's your call, but having the Forecaster book is more valuable in November or December than it is now. You might want to get the 2019 book promptly but do without the 2018 book at this point of the off-season.
    "The brain is wider than the sky." -- Emily Dickinson

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    • #3
      I appreciate the honest evaluation Michael. Is it fair to say that the background issues you mentioned are different from year to year?

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      • #4
        Yes and no. There are some sections (the Forecaster's toolbox and the glossary) that are updated less frequently than annually and when they are updated are changed only gradually. However, there are some sections (condensed versions or updated versions of articles that were originally on BaseballHQ.com) on baseball analysis and gaming strategies that are new each year. Its content is similar to what's on the website, but it's really helpful to have it pulled together in book format (even if you're reading the pdf electronically).

        At the risk of repeating myself, I recommend the book. I bought it every year even before I started doing work for BaseballHQ.com. I'm just saying at this point of the off-season, for someone who is accustomed to not having the book each year, I'd prioritize studying the player pool and figuring your own team's draft strategy above getting the book. If you started reading the book today, February 9, you'd start with the player capsules, which are on the website in a less convenient format.
        "The brain is wider than the sky." -- Emily Dickinson

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        • #5
          Makes sense. Thanks for your help.

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