Baseball Best-Sellers, January 5, 2018

January 5, 2018 · 0 comments

A new year, a new look for the BBS list.

I’ve decided to bow to the times and include separate lists for e-books and audio books. Be aware that while many titles also appear in print versions, pretty much anyone can produce an e-book these days, so I’m not going to comment at all about the quality. As far as the audio goes, I’m a big fan of these, especially when the author is the reader, since who knows better how it should “sound” than the person who created it?

The other caveats remain the same, however: 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.

In addition, sometimes the list-makers will try to pull a fast one by including a book in a category to which it should not be listed. 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. I’m using my discretion to eliminate such titles here.

Finally, adults only here. That is, no books for younger readers (although no erotic fiction that features baseball as a theme either. And goodness knows there are a bunch of those).

So, with all that said…


  1. Ron Shandler’s 2018 Baseball Forecaster: & Encyclopedia of Fanalytics
  2. Baseball Prospectus 2018
  3. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, by Michael Lewis
  4. Baseball America 2018 Prospect Handbook
  5. The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse, by Tom Verducci
  6. 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
  7. The Chicago Cubs: Story of a Curse, by Richard Cohen
  8. Baseball America 2018 Almanac
  9. Bill James Handbook 2018
  10. Heads-Up Baseball : Playing the Game One Pitch at a Time


  1. Moneyball
  2. Saving Babe Ruth, by Tom Swyers
  3. Eddie and the Gun Girl, by Mark Kram Jr.
  4.  Doc: A Memoir, by Doc Gooden and Ellis Henican
  5. 2018 NFHS Baseball Rules Book
  6. 2017 Little League® Baseball Official Regulations, Playing Rules, and Operating Policies: Tournament Rules and Guidelines for All Divisions of Little League® Baseball
  7. Roger Maris: Baseball’s Reluctant Hero, by Tom Clavin and Danny Peary
  8. 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
  9. The Bill James Handbook 2018
  10. The Matheny Manifesto: A Young Manager’s Old-School Views on Success in Sports and Life, by Mike Methany and Jerry B. Jenkins

AUDIOBOOKS (out of the top 100 sports best-sellers. The links will take you to a sample of the book)

  1. Moneyball (Read by Scott Brick; the top baseball audiobook and #30 overall in sports)
  2. Smart Baseball (Read by Michael Chamberlain, #2/58)
  3. The Methany Manifesto (Read by Jerry B. Jenkins; #3/86)

Here we go: five of the top 10 print titles recap the previous season and look forward to the new one.

No baseball titles on the NY Times‘ list either for weekly or monthly. Not on either the Amazon or Times‘ (duh) lists? 501 Baseball Books Fans Must Read before They DieToday: 1,480,414; last time: 1,349,143. Hank Greenberg in 1938: Hatred and Home Runs in the Shadow of War ranks 578,820 (last time, 178,842).

If you have read either of those books, thanks, hope you enjoyed it, and please consider writing an Amazon review; it’s never too late. (And thanks to those who have.) Doesn’t have to be long or even complimentary, if you didn’t like it. Although I would warn you to understand what it is you’re reading. My editor tells me I shouldn’t worry over bad reviews and normally I don’t. But one Greenberg reviewer complained because apparently he felt it wasn’t long enough and that it wasn’t a full biography. Sorry, but caveat emptor: The title clearly states this book covers just one season in his career. If you’re disappointed for that reason, then that’s on you.

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