The one indispensible baseball reference covers all the bases: Every 2011 player, however brief his time in the bigs; original research; exclusive data; new material each year and some clever writing, too. A reference book that makes it a joy to browse for its treasures -- imagine that. And every year it's the first off the press. I find it faster to look up a player in the well-organized Handbook than to search for him online. The Handbook makes it easier to get a take on newer players, because their minor-league data is here. This book annually is the handiest source for lefty-righty performance by every player, in-depth fielding data, how well pitchers hold runners, ballpark characteristics, leader boards in unique stats, player projections and so much more. Recent additions to the book calculate each player's base-running performance and each team's ability to manufacture runs. Casual fan or serious, fantasy-baseball player or sim-baseball player, someone who knows the game or someone who wants to, you will find more than your money's worth here.