Baseball Prospectus 2012, edited by King Kaufman and Cecilia M. Tan. Wiley, 2012. Print Length: 576 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (5 reviews). Kindle edition $7.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. Lending: Enabled.
"Now in its seventeenth edition, the Baseball Prospectus annual shows once again how it became the industry leader: the 2012 edition includes key stat categories, more controversial player predictions, and the kind of wise, witty baseball commentary that makes this phone-book-thick tome worth reading cover to cover. Still, stats are just numbers if you don't see the larger context, and Baseball Prospectus brings together an elite team of analysts to provide the definitive look at all thirty teams - their players, their prospects, and their managers - to explain away flukes, hot streaks, injury-tainted numbers, park effects, and overrated prospects who won't be able to fool people in the Show like they have down on the farm." - from the back cover.
Good Wood: The Story of the Baseball Bat, by Stuart Miller. ACTA Sports, 2011. Print Length: 192 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (2 reviews). Kindle edition $7.19. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"New York Times contributor Stuart Miller takes readers on a journey through the rich and storied - and occasionally nefarious - story of the baseball bat and those who have made them and swung them. With over 50 photos, Miller reveals the creation, history, and development of the bat, brings readers up to date on modern methods and materials for making bats, and explores the folklore surrounding bats." - Publisher.
Baseballissimo, by Dave Bidini. McClelland & Stewart, 2011. Print Length: 360 p. Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (3 reviews). Kindle edition $11.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"In the spring of 2002, Dave Bidini set off for Nettuno, Italy, with his wife, Janet, and their two small children, in search of his favourite summer game, baseball. Nettuno was his destination because this town, south of Rome, has been the baseball capital of Italy since 1944, when the game was introduced by the American GIs who liberated the region. Bidini wanted to spend time in a town where everyone is as nuts about the game as he is, and in Nettuno, they love the game so much that they hand out baseball gloves and bats to children taking their first communion. For six months Bidini followed the fortunes of the Serie B Peones, Nettunese to the core. At the same time he was also learning about his own heritage, having spent his youth vigorously ignoring his Italianness. The result of his summer in Italy is vintage Bidini: a funny, perceptive, and engrossing book that takes readers far beyond the professional sport to the game that people around the world love to play." - Publisher.
Around the Bases: 30 Stadiums and Four Acquaintances That Built a Friendship That Will Last a Lifetime, by Steven Grosso. Print Length: 165 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 1/2 stars (4 reviews). Kindle edition $2.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. Lending: Enabled.
"...a compelling story of friendship, travel, and baseball. A narrative tale taking the reader into United States cities and Major League Baseball Stadiums through the eyes of four friends. This journey is filled with insightful, humorous, and uplifting stories. Come join us in the journey." - Publisher.
Out of My League: A Rookie's Survival in the Bigs, by Dirk Hayhurst. Citadel, 2012. Print Length: 417 p. Amazon customer rating: none yet. Kindle edition $9.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. Lending: Enabled.
"After six years of laying it on the line in the minors, pitcher Dirk Hayhurst hopes 2008 is the year he breaks into the big leagues. But every time Dirk looks up, the bases are loaded with new challenges, on and off the field: a wedding balancing on a blind hope, a family in chaos, and paychecks that beg Dirk to answer, 'How long can I afford to keep doing this?' Then it finally happens - Dirk gets called up to the Majors, to play for the San Diego Padres. A dream comes true when he takes the mound against the San Francisco Giants, kicking off forty insane days and nights in the Bigs - with a big paycheck, bigger-than-life personalities, and the biggest pressure he’s ever felt. Like the classic games of baseball’s illustrious history, Out of My League entertains from the first pitch to the last out, capturing the gritty realities of playing on the big stage, the comedy and camaraderie in the dugouts and locker rooms, and the hard-fought, personal journeys that drive our love of America’s favorite pastime." - Publisher.
Baseball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Batter's Box, edited by Eric Bronson. Open Court, 2011. Print Length: 366 p. Amazon customer rating: 4 stars (7 reviews). Kindle edition $9.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled.
"Professor Bronson asked nineteen intrepid philosophers who are also baseball fans to turn their penetrating gaze on this most American of games. The result has been described as a 'philosophical home run.' Chapters include: The Zen of Hitting, There are No Ties at First Base, Baseball and the Search for an American Moral Identity, Damn Yankees: Why America Needs Reggie Jackson, The Ethics of the Intentional Walk, Saving the Twins with Rawlsian Justice, Wait 'til Next Year: The Faith of a Cubs Fan, Taking Umpiring Seriously, He Missed the Tag!: The Ethics of Deception, and The Asterisk in the Record Book: Roger Maris and Normative Assessments." - Open Court Books.
The Book of Baseball Literacy, by David Martinez. Homerunweb Books, 2011. 3rd edition. Print Length: 389 p. Amazon customer rating: 5 stars (3 reviews). Kindle edition $3.99. Text-to-Speech: Enabled. Lending: Enabled.
"From the gloveless pioneers of the 1840s to the strife-ridden headlines of the 2000s, this comprehensive reference offers nearly 700 important baseball yarns, stats, and stories in a style as lively as the game itself. Incredibly thorough, never dull, the book answers these and countless other questions: Who was Ray Chapman, and why is he important? Did Abner Doubleday really invent baseball? What is sabermetrics? Who set off the Pine Tar Incident? Where was the first organized baseball game? Were the Cubs cursed by a billy goat? What are waivers and options?" - Publisher.
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