One of my understated heroes turns 93 today.

I had the pleasure of doing a Bookshelf Conversation with Hano a couple of years ago. But Jon Leonoudakis — whose previous works include Not Exactly Cooperstown and 5:05 P.M. (about the “Earthquake World Series”) — goes even farther with a documentary about the author of the seminal single-game analysis now in the works.

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http://www.jockbio.com/Classic/Minoso/Minoso_Images/Minoso_Bio.04.gifThe pioneering ballplayer died Sunday at the purported age of 89 (or maybe it was 90; records are not clear about his exact DOB). Here’s the NY Times obituary by Richard Goldstein. And here’s another from the Chicago Tribune as well as a tribute piece.

Books about Minoso include:

As well as just about any book about baseball integration and White Sox history.

Adrian Burgos, Jr., author of Playing America’s Game: Baseball, Latinos, and the Color Line (American Crossroads), wrote this piece for The Sporting News website, “Minnie Minoso was victim of unfair Hall of Fame election rules.”

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https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1614190896/Josh_Pahigian_with_Fenway_Sausage.JPGhttps://thewritersjourney.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/101baseball.jpg?w=604Dr. Seuss wasn’t considering baseball fans when he published his best-selling book Oh, The Places You’ll Go. He left that for Josh Pahigian to deal with.

Pahigian first published 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out in 2010, following his joint venture with Kevin O’Connell, Ultimate Baseball Road Trip: A Fan’s Guide To Major League Stadiums. But because nothing lasts forever, Pahigian has updated 101 Baseball Places, due to the closing of some venues from the initial publication and to include a few new and exciting items that have superseded ones included the first time around. 

I had spoken with Pahigian following the first edition, as well.

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A shande (Yiddish for “a shame”).

Of course, everyone knows Nimoy, who grew up in a observant Jewish home in the Boston area, as Mr. Spock. But one of his earliest appearances came in an uncredited role in the 1951 baseball feature film. Rhubarb. Pay careful attention at the 2:08 mark.

 

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But perhaps there’s hope…

 

Fans of the Spock character know the back-story of the “Live Long and Prosper” Vulcan salute.

 

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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message.

So without further ado, here are the top ten baseball books as per Amazon.com, as of this posting.

Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); because I’m old school.

Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read them. But it’ll be close enough for government work.

Caveat 3: Sometimes they’ll try to pull one over on you and include a book within a category that doesn’t belong. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles from my list. For example, for some reason a recent listing included Tarnished Heels: How Unethical Actions and Deliberate Deceit at the University of North Carolina Ended the “The Carolina Way”, which, far as I can tell, is not at all about baseball, at least not in the main. For the sake of brevity, I will be omitting the subtitles, which have become ridiculously long in in some cases in recent years, also at my discretion.

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America 2015 Prospect Handbook: The 2015 Expert Guide to Baseball Prospects and MLB Organization Rankings
  2. Baseball Prospectus 2015
  3. 2015 Baseball Forecaster: An Encyclopedia of Fanalytics, by Ron Shandler
  4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  5. Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter (Bookshelf review here).
  6. Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton and Tim Keown
  7. Fantasy Baseball for Smart People: How to Profit Big During MLB Season, by Jonathan Bales
  8. The Bill James Handbook 2015
  9. 100 Years of Who’s Who in Baseball, by Douglas B. Lyons
  10. Heads-Up Baseball : Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time, by Hanson and Ravizza

Amazing how quickly the Josh Hamilton curiosity factor has set in. A bit of irony here? A cynic might suggest he did it for the book sales bump.

Here’s the latest monthly  (February) New York Times sports best-seller list (10 plus 10 more). Jeter Unfiltered remains in the eighth spot. Glory Days in Tribe Town, which follows the fates of the Cleveland Indians by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton, is lucky 13 and the only other baseball title in the lineup. Look for more baseball titles to populate the list in the next monthly revision.

Not on either list? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Ya’ll are gonna do something about that, right?

If you have read it, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon page. There haven’t been any in awhile. Doesn’t have to be long (or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it), but anything would be appreciated. And thanks to those who have.

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SO late to the fair

February 27, 2015 · 0 comments

Don’t know how this slipped by me:

The Baseball Book Festival takes place tomorrow (Feb. 28), in Indianapolis.

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Authors participating in the event include:

If, like me, you can’t make it to Indy, there’s always their “Virtual Baseball Book Festival.”

Can’t join us in Indy for the 2015 Baseball Book Festival? We’ve got you covered. For a $15 donation to Play Ball Indiana, we will give you a 12-month subscription to the Virtual Baseball Book Festival. Your subscription includes free downloads of sample chapters, e-books, short stories and more from today’s top baseball authors. You will also receive a monthly e-newsletter and be eligible for monthly drawings of signed copies, baseball merchandise, and more.

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Because, let’s face it, its worth will be questionable.

One of the things I loved about the old Street & Smith baseball annuals was the list of upcoming milestones that were within reach for current ballplayers. You could see, for example, that this guy was 22 home runs away from 500, or that guy was 80 shy of 1,500 RBI.

When the NY Yankees re-signed Alex Rodriguez, they include bonuses for reaching milestone records. Jon Heyman’s Yankees confident they can avoid paying A-Rod milestone bonuses on the CBS Sports website addresses the issue.

The binding agreement previously has been believed to necessitate payment by the Yankees assuming he hit the homers in major-league games, and the homers he has hit for the Yankees are indeed in the record book as legitimate homers, so he may still prevail. It’s also pretty clear in the agreement what constitutes a milestone by virtue of the examples of Mays, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds. The deal called for A-Rod to have the chance to make $6 million each for tying Mays’ 660 homers, Ruth’s 714, Aaron’s 755 and Bonds’ 762, and finally by passing Bonds.

Ruth, Aaron, and Bonds are probably out of reach, but A-Rod is only six away from Mays as we start the season. Even if he only plays part-time, it is most likely he can get seven home runs. Unless the team pulls a Charles Comiskey on him and benches him as he gets close…

So now the Yankees are getting on their high horse and saying, “uh-uh, we don’t want to pay, because you didn’t get there fair and square.”

What nonsense. They didn’t seem to mind when he was helping them reaching the postseason in eight of his 11 seasons. Unless they really believe he was “clean” in each of them. But now that Jeter is gone and Rivera is gone and the team is no longer a lock to make it to the playoffs, they want to pull out a morals clause?

Note the word “legitimate,” in Heyman’s article. Assuming Baseball-Reference.com is an accurate record of statistics, would the records reflected there be considered “legitimate?” How would one differentiate “legitimate” from “non-legitimate” anyway? Also, they Yankees are the ones who will decide what constitutes a milestone? Could they possibly say passing 660 home runs doesn’t count?

You made your bed, Yankees.

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Really looking forward to this. I just hope Harvey doesn’t turn into one of those prospects who shows great promise, only to be done in by the fickle finger of fate.

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“Birdos” book club

February 26, 2015 · 0 comments

The Viva el Birdos blog, a St. Louis Cardinals-centric site, hosts a book discussion from time to time. Their first foray was Ed Achorn’s The Summer of Beer and Whiskey. The current selection is Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris.

Intro here; discussion questions here.

Bonus: Here’s a review from The New York Times when the book was released in 1956.

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http://sports.mearsonlineauctions.com/ItemImages/000052/52895a_lg.jpegCharles M. Conlon, the famous baseball photographer (he might have shot other subjects, too, but I only know him from baseball), produced some wonderful close-up portraits, a number of which are included in a couple of collections: Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon and The Big Show: Charles M. Conlon’s Golden Age Baseball Photographs. In some cases, he returned to the same player, several years apart, to record the toll time had taken. Very moving stuff.

I was reminded of Conlon’s then-and-now theme by this slideshow on ESPN.com by Tabitha Storen, revisiting some of the Oakland As players from the Moneyball era. Not all of them ever made it to the show, but that’s part of the bittersweet saga, isn’t it?

UPDATE: Here’s a slide-show of some of Conlon’s iconic images, as featured on The Sporting News site. HT to former TSN staffer James Meier for the link.

 

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https://d1vxgwos21rroi.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/BF15_200w.jpgIt’s no secret that I am not a huge fan of fantasy baseball. I have enough trouble balancing my checkbook without putting together a fake team and then keeping track of the day-to-day dealings and statistical upkeep that I would surely do — at least for a couple of weeks.

But that doesn’t mean I’m not interested in analytics and finding new ways to judge who’s a cut above. It’s when I start thinking about it too deeply, that‘s when the headaches set in. Why does this formula attribute a figure of .73 to triples and not .75, or .64? In other words, who makes this stuff up, and why do we just blindly accept it?

http://www.baseballhq.com/sites/default/themes/bhq/images/block-images/shandler10.jpgRon Shandler, who also runs Baseballhq.com, has been making a career out of providing data to fantasy general managers for more than a quarter century. I figured if anyone can make sense of this to me, it was probably him, so I asked him to school me on the world of baseball numbers.

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I don’t know what I found more bizarre: the fact that former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza had been accused by his late wife, Jenni Rivera, of “having a relationship” with her daughter, Chiquis, or that he’s coming out with a book.

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Loaiza pitcher for eight teams in a 13-year career that netted him a record of 126-114 with an ERA of 4.65. I know they give ridiculous amounts of money to mediocre-to-average players, but book deals, too?

From the quemas.mamaslatinas website:

Esteban spoke to the Mexican press and revealed, “This book is going to be really important because I’m going to talk about my life in baseball and I’ll answer questions about my personal life.” It seems so wrong to make personal remarks about his life with Jenni. Is his bank account that low that he’s willing to exploit Jenni’s memory in this way? Esteban has clearly moved on with his partner Cristina Eustace and the couple is expecting a baby boy together.

 

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What I like hate about you…

Because I can...

Bruce Nash, co-author of the Baseball Hall of Shamebook series, contributed this piece to the Huffington Post. While I agree with most of his issues, I would add a few items, including: The music that many teams feel they have to constantly blast, lest the fans enjoy a quiet moment. The inability to purchase a […]

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Baseball Best-Sellers, Feb. 20, 2015

"Annuals"

Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. So without further ado, here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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On the newstand

Baseball records

And, no, that’s not a typo, because I consider the “new” part to be the important concept. Visited my local Barnes and Noble, ostensibly to pick up the new issue of Rolling Stone for their Saturday Night Live feature. While there, I came across this: Ordinarily, I don’t bother with stuff like this, but it […]

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Authors event: March at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse

2015 title

Among the speakers at the Bergino: Thursday, March 5: Mort Zachter, Gil Hodges: A Hall of Fame Life Thursday, March 12: Martha Jo Black, Joe Black: More than a Dodger Thursday, March 26: Matt Nadel, Amazing Aaron to Zero Zippers Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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Alex Rodriguez and foregiveness

"Ripped from today's headlines..."

So now, after all this time and all the denials, Alex Rodriguez has “formally” apologized. And not through a statement read by his attorney or PR functionary, but in the form of a hand-written letter. (I wonder what soer of planning went into the decision to present the apology that way, rather than typed out. […]

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Enough is enough?

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So now the NY Yankees are getting set to retire another number: Andy Pettitte’s 46. This has led to a couple of speculative ponderings. One, should they reward an admitted PED user? And, when is this retirement stuff going to stop?   Be sociable, share the Bookshelf! Tweet

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The Bookshelf Conversation: Jane Leavy

Biography

Mickey Mantle. Sandy Koufax. Two heroic symbols of the Boomer generation. Two flawed figures, one of his own accord, one of poor luck. Jane Leavy has turned both of their stories into best-selling biograophies. So what does she do for an encore? Why not another icon, who wrestled with his own demons, although it didn’t […]

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Lest we forget: Alison Gordon

Annoucements

One of the first women reports to make it into a mens’ locker room, Alison Gordon passed away yesterday at the age of 72. Gordon, who covered the Blue Jays for the Toronto Star, wrote about her experiences in her 19085 memoir, Foul ball!: Five Years in the American League, which is include in 501 Baseball […]

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