* Baseball Preview Review: Baseball America

April 4, 2009

The BA March 23 issue serves as the preview for what is almost a trade publication. As always, the whole issue is devoted to baseball, but only part is devoted to a look ahead.

Their “Fearless Forecast includes:

ALDS: Red Sox over Twins, Yankees over Angels

NLDS: Mets over Dodgers, Cubs over Phillies

ALCS: Red Sox over Yankees; NLCS: Mets over Cubs

World Series: Red Sox over Mets

  • Team capsules have on a minimalist look, with only “quick take,” “In the spotlight” and “next all-star” listed.
  • Top 25 rookies
  • Five new faces in center field
  • A very interesting look at the evolution of the strike zone and one on players no longer considered “prospects” but still trying to break into the bigs.
  • “Reflections on a busy winter…” is a recap of all the doings since the end of last season

Grade: a qualified B. For a publication that prides itself on baseball news, the two-week period seems an anachronism in the Internet age.

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