Baseball Best-Sellers, April 29, 2016

April 29, 2016

NOTE: I have been posting these things long enough now that a few have commented that the introductory section isn’t necessary anymore. But I’m leaving it in because, to paraphrase Joe DiMaggio when asked why he played so hard all the time, there may be people who’ve never read the best-seller entries before. So on with the show…

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.

  1.,204,203,200_.jpgThe Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports, by Jeff Passan
  2. Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty, by Charles Leerhsen
  3. The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team, by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
  4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  5. The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, by Matheny with Jerry Jenkins
  6. The Mental Game of Baseball: A Guide to Peak Performance, by H.A. Dorfman
  7. Game 7, 1986: Failure and Triumph in the Biggest Game of My Life, by Ron Darling and Daniel Paisner. (My review on
  8. Incredible Baseball Stats: The Coolest, Strangest Stats and Facts in Baseball History, by Kevin Reavy and Ryan Spader *
  9. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  10. Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty, by Bengie Molina

* Indicates titles making their debut on the Bookshelf BBS list.

Another books on stats? Amazing how these keep coming out year after year. I don’t get it: the numbers don’t change all that much. These aren’t species of dinosaurs. All the stats are there already. Not much more to “discover.”

The  Molina book returns to the Friday list after a substantial absence. I imagine this will be a good one to give to Dad on Fathers Day.

On the April New York Times sports list: Mariano Rivera’s The Closer comes in at #13. If you’re interested, as I am, in how they decide these things, click on the link at the bottom of the list’s page.

Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 1,020,093; last week: 898,817. Ugh, a million. The Mendoza Line of Amazon rankings.

If you have read 501, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing a review for the Amazon page; it’s never too late. 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.

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