The top baseball books, according to Amazon.com as of Friday, Feb 4, at 10 a.m.
(Note: Since The New York Times has decided to start listing e-book bestsellers, I guess it’s time for me to change with the Times (heh, get it?). So now this list includes print editions/baseball titles allowing for non-baseball titles and kindle editions that affected the rankings, however, where appropriate, I’ve also included the overall ranking with the category of the Kindle version. This means that if Jane Leavy’s bio of Sandy Koufax is in the top five print and has a Kindle edition, I will denote the rank of the print with the Kindle in parentheses, regardless of whether it actually ranks higher than the “old-fashioned.” But if a Kindle title is in the top five without a print version, it is omitted. For example, if the Kindle of Rothstein came in third place overall in the history category, but without the equivalent print version, it would be omitted. Confused? Me, too. Also, the rankings change hourly, so the result you get when you visit Amazon.com might not be the same.)
Analysis: Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won breaks into the general bestseller list, coming it at 52, as well as second in the sports category Kindle ranking in category: #5). Other baseball books in the sports department include Baseball Prospectus (#7), Baseball America Prospect Handbook (15), Moneyball (18), and The Last Boy (19).
It’s news to me: Jonah Keri’s examination of the Tampa Nay Rays’ success story makes the list. But what’s Nemec’s 10-year-old book doing here?