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Scott Boras has a 73-page book on Prince Fielder

Dec 13, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

Every year a story comes out about the big binder full-o-love that Scott Boras puts together for his top free agent clients. Glossy and filled with over-the-top claims, they sound like an outrageous amount of fun.

More fun when they involve questionable dudes like Oliver Perez — remember how he was the next Sandy Koufax? — but I bet seeing legitimately great players talked up is fun too.

Prince Fielder gets the treatment this year. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN has the story.

There’s great stuff about the book itself — it’s “encased in a silver aluminum antimicrobial binder and features black cardstock dividers and metal rivets” — but of course the statistical projections and claims to glory are great fun too:

In the Projections portion of the book, Boras’ statistical analysts gaze into the future and point out that in five years, Fielder will have joined Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Babe Ruth as one of six players with 400 homers, 1,000 RBIs and 1,000 walks through age 32. A few pages later, the book projects that Fielder will have 600 homers, 1,700 RBIs and 1,500 walks by age 37. Those totals would place him in the exclusive company of Ruth and Barry Bonds.

Most people think that Boras does these just as much (and maybe more) for the benefit of his clients’ egos and to impress prospective clients as he does to actually woo teams.  Maybe so. But who cares? This stuff is fantastic.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    I think the first 70 pages detail Prince’s daily diet

    • Gobias Industries - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      The first 34 pages alone are about his favorite food on McDonald’s Dollar Menu. I never would’ve thought that one man could talk for three whole pages about his love for McValue Fries. Did you know he likes to dip them in mayonnaise instead of ketchup (page 22, third paragraph)?

    • lifer124 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM

      You know he’s a vegetarian right?

      • kellyb9 - Dec 14, 2011 at 11:36 AM

        That doesn’t necessarily mean that he eats healthy. There isn’t meat in chips and candy bars.

  2. aceshigh11 - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    A big book for a big man.

  3. evanwins - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    I wonder if the book takes in to account the almost certain injuries that a bad-body athlete like this will inevitably take him from whatever course Mr Boras has projected and wind up costing whatever team signs him an extraordinary amount of money with nothing in return?

    He no doubt left that out.

    • lifer124 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:10 PM

      He’s a muscular guy in a very baggy uniform. He’s in much better shape than people think.

  4. Kyle - Dec 13, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    I hope one of these ends up on Ebay.

  5. randygnyc - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Boras would be of greater service to his client if he just handed prince a weight watchers menu.

    • lifer124 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      I promise Prince is in better shape than you are.

  6. stex52 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    You know what the package is missing. Boras needs to include an autographed baseball from Derek Jeter.

    Can’t miss!

    • APBA Guy - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      Or a coupon for the full gift basket.

  7. proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Is there a section in the Baseball Hall of Fame that would be a suitable place for the binders prepared by Boras? It would be a lot of fun for stat heads to compare the actual results with the projections in the binders.

    I also wonder why some writers still link Fielder with the Jays? Toronto will not go beyond 5 years in a contract. Toronto would not pay Fielder more than they pay Bautista is a better hitter and a better baseball player than Fielder.

    • cur68 - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      You make too much sense PC, about why the Jays won’t wind up with Fielder. It’s depressing so I’m going to ignore you and your “logic” and keep on imagining a lineup card for 2012 with Prince hitting after Bautista…

  8. snowbirdgothic - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Apparently other Boras clients, including Pena and Jackson, also got their own “books”. Willie Bloomquist, however, had to settle for a beat-up copy of Breaking Dawn.

  9. unlost1 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    73 pages. even if i had the money to sign him i wouldn’t have the time to read it.

  10. uyf1950 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Just 73 pages. The real cost of the book for Boras is in how many copies of it he has to make.

  11. thefalcon123 - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    To hit 600 home runs/1700 RBIs and 1500 walks by 37, he has to *average* in the next 10 years:
    37 home runs
    104 RBIs
    93 walks

    In other words, he has to hit like 27-year-old Prince Fielder at age 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37.

  12. dwishinsky - Dec 13, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Are any of Boras’ packages available online? I’d be so curious to see what they actually look like and what lands on the desks of GMs.

  13. skerney - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    The binder once read: Pre 2007 Barry Zito, better than Warren Spahn. Post 2007 Zito, better than Koufax. Pete Magowan bought it.

    • 18thstreet - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      It’s true! Zito is a better pitcher than Sandy Koufax. Of course, Sandy’s 75 years old.

      • Detroit Michael - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Barry Zito after his age 30 season has been more valuable than Sandy Koufax was after his age 30 season. It’s true! You can look it up.

  14. crpls - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    I love that people are all “BUT THOSE PROJECTIONS DON’T MAKE SENSE.”

    Yeah, Boras’ statisticians are there to help promote his clients, not help the teams make better decisions.

  15. jrod2go - Dec 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    I’ve read the cliffs notes… He’s fat, hits homers and is a vegetarian.

  16. dianagram - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    Rumors are that Boras is seeking 5/$125 …. for the book.

  17. mox19380 - Dec 13, 2011 at 4:33 PM

    Can you blame Boras when he got the Giants (Zito) and the Nationals (Werth) believing those binders were the bible?

    I might have him make me up a binder for my end of the year evaluation

  18. APBA Guy - Dec 13, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Brian Kenney had a bit on Clubhouse Confidential (strongly recommended) that showed Boras’ representation does have a positive dollar outcome on his clients when compared to other agents. Sort of a WAR for agents kind of thing. Boras is the Barry Bonds of representation, without the giant head, just the giant ego, and apparently, giant book.

  19. drunkenhooliganism - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Once the general managers finish reading that, the offers should start rolling in. Hopefully they’ll finish before pitchers and catchers report.

  20. mojosmagic - Dec 13, 2011 at 6:39 PM

    Is that same book Scott he wrote for Jason Worthless titled “Buyer’s Remorse”. The new book for Fielder shouldt be “Sign Me Quick I Am Missing My Carbs”

  21. lifer124 - Dec 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM

    Blah blah blah fat joke yada yada yada. Why don’t purple make fat jokes about footballers? Those guys are beasts yet we laugh at one of the best hitters in baseball. I love internet opinion makers, you all so smart!

    • drmonkeyarmy - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:31 AM

      He is 5’11”, 275 pounds…..whether it is fat or muscle is irrelevant. The stress on the knees and ankles for men (or women) that size is tremendous. It suggests that as he ages, he will have chronic problems. For that reason it is perfectly reasonable to say that he won’t age well in baseball terms.

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