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.
- Baseball Prospectus 2015
- Baseball America 2015 Prospect Handbook: The 2015 Expert Guide to Baseball Prospects and MLB Organization Rankings
- 2015 Baseball Forecaster: An Encyclopedia of Fanalytics, by Ron Shandler
- Jeter Unfiltered, by Derek Jeter (Bookshelf review here).
- 100 Years of Who’s Who in Baseball, by Douglas Lyons (Bookshelf review here.)
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
- The Bill James Handbook 2015
- 2015 Minor League Baseball Analyst, by Rob Gordon and Jeremy Deloney
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
- What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, by Yogi Berra with Dave Kaplan
This is the first time I’ve seen this particular Berra title listed in Amazon’s top 10. Of course, for all the books that carry Berra’s name as author, none were actually written by Berra. Kaplan (no relation) is the director of the Yogi Berra Museum and Educational Center in Little Falls, NJ, and Berra’s long-time Boswell.
Here’s the latest New York Times sports best-seller list (10 plus 10 more). Jeter Unfiltered slips to the eighth spot. Glory Days in Tribe Town, which follows the fates of the Cleveland Indians by Terry Pluto and Tom Hamilton, is luck 13 and the only other baseball title in the lineup.
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. I see there have been three recent reviews added. Sweet.