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.
- Baseball Prospectus 2017
- 2017 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanalytics by Ron Shandler
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
- Sports Illustrated Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions Commemorative Issue
- 2017 Minor League Baseball Analyst, by Jeremy Deloney *
- Teammate: My Life in Baseball, by David Ross with Don Yeager
- The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond, by Jeff Silverman
- The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
- The Bill James Handbook 2017
- Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball, by Keith Law (April 25)
* Making its debut on the Bookshelf Best-Seller List
Nothing new worth writing about.
MORE lists: Amazon has started a couple of new ones, including “Hot New Releases” and “Most Wished For.” A look at the top three in each, which have remained the same since last week:
Hot New Releases
- Baseball Prospectus 2017
- Baseball America Prospect Guide
- Baseball Prospectus 2017 (Kindle)
Most Wished For
- Smart Baseball
- Baseball Prospectus
NY Times monthly sports best-seller list:No baseball books listed in the February rolls.
Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They Die. Today: 481,932; last week: 1,124,517. Nice. I will be appearing on a couple of podcasts in the not-too-distant future, so that might bump up sales a tad. The reverse is true for my forthcoming Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War currently ranks 1,047,353, greatly down from last week’s 624,376.
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.