Baseball Best-Sellers, February 17, 2017

February 17, 2017

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. Prospectus 2017
  2. Baseball America 2017 Prospect Handbook: Rankings and Reports of the Best Young Talent in Baseball (Feb. 28)
  3. 2017 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanalytics by Ron Shandler
  4. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  5. Ballplayer, by Chipper Jones with Carroll Rogers Walton
  6. The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, by Mick Matheny with Jerry Jenkins
  7. Coaching Youth Baseball the Ripken Way, by Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken with Scott Lowe
  8. The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2017 Edition, by Joe Pasapia
  9. The Science of Hitting, by Ted Williams and John Underwood
  10. 2017 Minor League Baseball Analyst, by Jeremy Deloney

* Making its debut on the Bookshelf Best-Seller List

The honeymoon is over. For the first time in quite awhile, no Cubs books. About half of the titles seemed to be concerned with putting your fantasy team together. A couple of others consider baseball as taught to young people.

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

  1. Baseball Prospectus 2017
  2. Baseball America Prospect Guide
  3. Baseball Prospectus 2017 (Kindle)

Most Wished For

  1. Baseball Prospectus
  2. The Cubs Way
  3. Moneyball

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: 942,716; last week: 481,932. The usual up-and-down. 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 831,109, up from last week’s 1,047,353.

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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