3) The Baseball Prospectus Annual & Subscription To The Site
Picking up a copy of the BP Annual
has been a tradition of mine for a little over a decade. The late-February release of this ~575 page monstrosity of innovative baseball analysis is like Christmas morning for baseball geeks. There really isn't a better way to prep yourself for an upcoming baseball season than to dig into this book and read the player capsules and stat projections. And as the year progresses, it's a great resource to have on hand to better understand a team's roster construction and become more familiar with players and prospects as they're called up/sent down/traded.
The Premium subscription to baseballprospectus.com
gives you access to the best baseball writing available anywhere. End of discussion. That you can get this much quality baseball writing for only $35 and year almost seems criminal. If you love the game and aren't a subscriber, you're totally blowing it.
If any of you fellow geeks think that my tool box is lacking, please share suggestions in the comments below.
Thanks, and Happy Geeking!