* The New York Times published this review about Ballplayer: Pelotero, a film documentary about baseball in the Dominican Republic. Upshot: “Forget feel-good boys-of-summer tales. This film shows a shady business in which scouts and the teams they represent try to manipulate teenage players, and to some extent the players do some manipulating of their own.”
* From the Long Island Press, another “lite/light” review on The Art of Fielding. Upshot: “It’s really a funny, inspired look at success, failure and romance, which spans Buddhism and Herman Melville as well as America’s pastime.”
* Here’s an interesting tack and an honest approach: admitting up-front that the books are basically just “okay.” Titles include Ball Four, The Code, and Bottom of the 33rd.
* “The Library of Congress recently released a list of 88 Books that Shaped America, which are part of a current exhibit at the Library,” notes the Baseball Continuum, which begs to differ. They’re right; how that gets in and not Ball Four is beyond me. Well, at least they didn’t pick The Art of Fielding.