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Note: Just like Chuck Lorre’s “vanity cards” at the end of The Big Bang Theory, you should read these list stories to their conclusion; the end is always changing, even though the theme is basically the same, finishing up with a self-promotional message. On with the show… Here are the top ten baseball books as […]

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The top-ten baseball books as per Amazon.com. Caveat 1: Print editions only (at least for now); I’m old fashioned that way. Caveat 2: Since the rankings are updated every hour, these lists might not longer be 100 percent accurate by the time you read it. But it’ll be close enough for government work. Caveat 3: […]

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Coming down the pike

October 24, 2013 · 0 comments

It used to be that you had to wait until spring to enjoy books about the previous season. Now, thanks in part to real-time statistical studies and improved publishing capabilities, it’s just a matter of how fast fast the writer/outlet can get their material to the printer. Case in point: the The Bill James Handbook, […]

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Not to get political here, but judging by what’s been coming down the Internet, there’s a lot of connection between presidents and baseball. For example, The Hall of Very Good published this piece on “The Bond Between Baseball and the Presidency.” In addition, Nate Silver, of FiveThirtyEight fame, still gets kudos for his baseball work, […]

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First it was PunditTracker, which analyzed the proficiency of baseball experts in their preseason prognostications. Now it’s this Sam Miller article in Baseball Prospectus, which concentrates questions put to general managers over the course of nine years. Upshot: “[P]redicting baseball might just be impossible, and a team that puts too much faith in its own […]

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Conducted my semi-regular scan of new titles. Submitted for your interest. It may seem unfair, but I do tend to judge e-books by their cover, especially when they are offered only in that format. It’s an indication of the time and effort the author/publisher puts into the project. Similarly, I’m basing my opinions strictly on […]

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* Baseball Prospectus is adding a mid-season “addenda” to its annual publication: The Call Up 2012. Here are a couple of review, the first from SouthsideShowdown, the second from ValueOverReplacementGrit. My question is: why is a book like this necessary? Those interested in such information would probably find it easier to get the most recent […]

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♦ James Bailey posted this review of Baseball Prospectus’ Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus. Upshot: “Overall, this is a satisfying and thought-stoking release, with much of it coming from a different angle than you might be accustomed to given the heavy dependence in most sabermetric resources on […]

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Weekend reading

May 18, 2012 · 0 comments

One of the “problems” working on my book is that I haven’t had as much time to read other books. Several authors have been kind enough to send me their work and I apologize for be so slow to get to them and hope to remedy that in the near future. At the moment, I’m […]

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♦ Tom Hoffarth’s latest 30/30: Extra Innings: More Baseball Between the Numbers from the Team at Baseball Prospectus, edited by Steven Goldman, editor-in-chief of BaseballProspectus.com. Upshot: “The top-qualify writing, and heavy-duty thinking, you’ve come to expect from the Prospectus staff is worthy of this heavy-duty bounded hardback (no more paperbacks this time around). The stuff […]

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Good news for researchers: Baseball Prospectus will make all materials older than one year available to the public. For free! “It’s our way of saying thank you to the Internet for making our work possible over the years,” said Dave Pease, a partner at Baseball Prospectus in a statement. Very cool. One of the departments […]

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Baseball is once again a art of the NPR syllabus. Steven Goldman and Jay Jafee of Baseball Prospectus made an appearance of The Brian Lehrer Show on April 2. The same day on Soundcheck, Jonathan Schaefer discussed the connection between baseball and music with Jeff Campbell, whose record label Hungry for Music releases compilations of […]

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Attended the Baseball Prospectus roundtable event at the Yogi Berra Museum this afternoon. Five members of that august publication/website were on hand to share their wisdom and insight with a very savvy audience (once you take me out of the equation. There was a kid there, couldn’t have been more than 10, who was asking […]

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Rutgers alum Steven Goldman is co-editor of the very popular Baseball Prospectus series and website. Barely on the bookshelves, this perennial favorite is already the top sports best-seller on Amazon.com and no. 15 in the top 100 overall. I must admit, I have never been one for such publications, siding with the veteran baseball writer […]

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* Crossing the line

November 14, 2008 · 0 comments

I love it when baseball slides into areas with which its not normally associated. George Will writing two books on the game, for example, of W. P. Kinsella’s Fantastic Baseball collection of science fiction stories. Here’s another one: Nate SIlver, who is not only one of the producers of Baseball Prospectus but also created fivethirtyeight.com […]

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