TWIBB: Jan. 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

The top baseball books, according to as of Friday, Jan. 28 at noon.

Title Rank
Baseball Prospectus 2011 1
Baseball America 2011 Prospect Handbook: The 2011 Expert Guide to Baseball Prospects and MLB Organization Rankings (Baseball America Prospect Handbook) 2
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, by Jane Leavy 3
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis 4
A Band of Misfits, by Andrew Baggary 5
Essays and Writing
Moneyball 1
Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton with Tim Keown 2
The Bullpen Gospels: Major League Dreams of a Minor League Veteran, by Dirk Hayhurst 3
Ball Four, by Jim Bouton 4
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2011 5
Baseball America 2011 Almanac: A Comprehensive Review of the 2010 Season (Baseball America Almanac) 1
Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series, by David Pietrusza 2
Now I Can Die in Peace: How The Sports Guy Found Salvation Thanks to the World Champion (Twice!) Red Sox, by Bill Simmons 3
Sandy Koufax: A Lefty’s Legacy (P.S.), by Jane Leavy 4
The Mental ABC’s of Pitching: A Handbook for Performance Enhancement, by H.A. Dorfman 5
Baseball America Prospect Guide 1
Baseball Forecaster 2011, by Ron Shandler 2
The Bill James Handbook 2011 3
Baseball America Almanac 2011 4
Minor League Baseball Analyst 2011, by Deric McKinney 5

(Note: The list includes print editions/baseball titles only, allowing for non-baseball titles and kindle editions that affected the rankings. Also, the rankings change hourly, so the result you get when you visit might not be the same.)

Analysis: Someday someone has to explain Amazon’s methods to me. Why some books that seeming have nothing to do with history wind up in that category. I even saw a book about the Pittsburgh Steelers in the baseball section.

It’s news to me: A Band of Misfits, another attempt to capitalize on the World Series success of the SF Giants. Scorecasting, a Freakonomics-type approach to sports, has a goodly amount of baseball in it, but I am waffling about whether to include it here, despite its entertaining content and presentation.

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