But not for me…

December 2, 2016

With apologies to George and Ira Gershwin…

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but not for me
New ways to look at stats
but not for me…

In this week’s look at the top 10 baseball titles on Amazon, we have Incredible Baseball Stats by Kevin Reavy and Ryan Spaeder.

To be honest, I received an advanced reader copy several months ago but haven’t read it. And I probably won’t.

With all due respect to the authors, who no doubt put in a lot of hard work and research to get their product published, this is the type of book I have to let side to the curb as time and space start to run out.

There are certain types of books that are obsolete almost as soon as they come out. Books about stats and trivia fall into this category. As the saying goes, how many ways can you say “ham and eggs?” How many ways can you offer lists of the most career home runs or strikeouts by a pitcher with five letters in his name that start and end with the same letter (I just made that one up, but it’s probably within the realm of possibility, isn’t it?).

I’ve reached a point where there is just so much room available to store books and only so much time to read them. Books about stats are unfortunately the first victim, probably to be followed by biographies of obscure players from the first half of the century, not to mention titles which continue to include the words “greatest,” “best,” or “forever.”

Respectfully yours,

RK

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