TWIBB: Feb. 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

The top baseball books, according to as of Friday, Feb 25, at 1:30 p.m.

Title Rank
Baseball Prospectus 2011 1
Baseball America 2011 Prospect Handbook: The 2011 Expert Guide to Baseball Prospects and MLB Organization Rankings
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis (Kindle version) 3
The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America’s Childhood, by Jane Leavy (Kindle version) 4
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Print version) 5
Essays and Writing
Moneyball (Kindle) 1
Moneyball (Print) 2
Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back, by Josh Hamilton with Tim Keown (Kindle) 3
The Bullpen Gospels, by Dirk Hayhurst (Kindle) 4
The Hardball Times Baseball Annual 2011 5
A Band of Misfits, by Andrew Baggary 1
Baseball America 2011 Almanac: A Comprehensive Review of the 2010 Season 2
Rothstein: The Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius Who Fixed the 1919 World Series, by David Pietrusza (Kindle) 3
The Mental ABC’s of Pitching: A Handbook for Performance Enhancement, by H.A. Dorfman 4
Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella, by Neil Lanctot 5
Baseball Prospectus 1
Baseball America 2011 Prospects Handbook 2
Baseball Forecaster 2011, by Ron Shandler 3
The Bill James Handbook 2011 4
Minor League Baseball Analyst 2011, by Deric McKinney 5

Analysis: Baseball Prospectus ranks 13 for all Amazon titkes. It tops the sports list, followed by Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won (8), Baseball America Prospects Handbook 2011 (14), and The Baseball Forecaster (19).  Scorecasting is #20 on the NY Times’ Hardcover non-fiction list.

It’s news to me: Neil Lanctot’s new biography on Roy Campanella — long overdue for a player of his stature, if you ask me — cracks the Amazon baseball list this week.

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