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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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Bit and pieces, Nov. 13

November 13, 2012 · 0 comments

♦  Rob Neyer is evidently not finished with naming things. He continues on the concept here. ♦  This year’s Tigers-Giants World Series was the lowest rated ever for TV. How to fix the situation. Perhaps. ♦  Speaking of TV, The Hardball Times compiled this list of  “must-see MLB.TV” that was derived “by combining the average […]

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So, back to bidness. ♦ The Hardball Times reviewed Great Hitting Pitchers, published by the Society for American Baseball Research. ♦ Baseball Reflections posted this on Major League Dads: Baseball’s Best Players Reflect on the Fathers Who Inspired Them to Love the Game. ♦ I don’t know if this really counts as a review, but […]

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♦ Bill Jordan posted this review of Paul Dickson’s Bill Veeck: Baseball’s Greatest Maverick, on Baseball Reflections. Upshot: “Anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of baseball history should pick this work up. Whether you were familiar with Veeck or not before reading the book, you stand to learn a lot about this interesting […]

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Bits and pieces

March 14, 2012 · 0 comments

The baseball book news is coming in fast and furious, so rather than wait (and forget) to do longer items, here are some highlights: Phil Haddad is about to release his new book High Flies, Pennant Drives, and Fernandomania. You can learn more at the author’s website. Bill Jordan at Baseball Reflections posted this review […]

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Chris Jaffe at The Hardball Times commemorates the occasion. I remember the first time I saw the book, sitting on a table at a Barnes and Noble on East 86th Street near Third Avenue. It was like at first sight. I must admit, it was one of those books that I didn’t read read. Must […]

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You don’t see it as much these days, but prior to the early 1970s, most baseball card pictures were posed in ersatz action. The players often went capless, just in case there were traded before the card was released. Along my regular investigatory ramblings, I’ve come across a few sites that look into a card’s […]

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Who should review?

September 21, 2011 · 0 comments

I’ve been in a cave most of the time, so it’s just now dawning on me: When it comes to movies and books like Moneyball and The Art of Fielding (which you just know is going to be turned into a feature film before too long), who should be considered the more credible reviewers? Should […]

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Bits and pieces

March 22, 2011 · 0 comments

It’s amazing how everyday life can get in the way of posting here lately. In a poor attempt to compensate, here’s the occasional links dump. A review of John Thorn’s Baseball and the Garden of Eden from The Hardball Times. Upshot: “It must be said that Thorn is a historian first and a writer second. […]

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Hardball Times made easy

February 1, 2011 · 0 comments

is one of my favorite sites, offering a nice combination of through-provoking writing with statistical analyses (perhaps a tad heavier on the latter than I normally like, but what the hey…). They posted this today, which I’m reprinting as a public service, just in case you don’t get over there that much. It’s worth the […]

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The “body” in this case being the 2010 season. Nevertheless, The Hardball Times is already letting us know their 2011 annual is in preparation. Among the items for discussion: Ben Jedlovec of Baseball Info Solutions and the folks at Sportvision are both going to talk about their latest data collection efforts. Ben will discuss the […]

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From the Baseball GB site, this review. Upshot: These articles would appeal to any baseball fan; however HBT has made its name by going deeper into topics and offering something to the baseball fan that wants to read about, and possibly be inspired to contribute to, the advanced statistical analysis of the game. and While […]

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* Hardball Times explained

December 13, 2009 · 0 comments

For those unfamiliar with the title, here’s an explanation. This and Baseball Propsectus are the two main successor’s to the old Bill James Baseball Analysts. There are several books that are heavy on statistics, but when it comes to interesting and amusing commentary, there are the go-tos.

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Wowio is actually an e-book website that recently started charging for its collection. But if you don’t mind staring at your computer screen, you can read the the 2008 edition of the excellent Hardball Times for free. IMHO, this publication is right on par with the Baseball Prospectus annuals. Registration may be required.

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