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reviewed Who's on Worst?. August 22, 2013
Who's on Worst?
I know I'm merely reiterating a sentiment that's been recorded a million billion times in the past, but there isn't much of a better way to start a review of a book like this: Part of the big reason people …
reviewed A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez. June 19, 2013
A-ROD The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez
A-Rod, by Selena Roberts, doesn't take long to cut to the heart of what it really is. You can tell what it is easily by looking to the top of the cover, where it mentions that Roberts is the Sports Illustrated …
reviewed Miami Marlins. December 14, 2012
Miami Marlins
Taking a first look at the Miami Marlins, you can't help but get the feeling that this is a team which never paid its dues. They've won the World Series twice, after all, and will be entering their 20th …
reviewed Chicago Cubs. November 01, 2012
Chicago Cubs
The eternal story of professional sports has one particular constant: The winners will always be perpetual winners, no matter how bad they get, and the losers will always be perpetual losers, no matter …
reviewed Pinstripe Empire. October 05, 2012
Pinstripe Empire
A great baseball team had better have a lot of truly great stories in its history, and with the New York Yankees, there are just tons. With the new book Pinstripe Empire, Marty Appel makes a concentrated, …
reviewed Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series. September 20, 2012
Cincinnati Reds: Vintage World Series
No review for this. Not a proper one, anyway. Having not fulfilled my writing obligation last month and being in danger of not fulfilling it this month, I recently ordered a set of vintage World Series …
reviewed The Last Real Season. July 10, 2012
The Last Real Season
I can honestly say I've taken a real shine to Mike Shropshire's work. Or at least his baseball work. I've never read his football work, which is the majority of the books he's written, but his work revolving …
reviewed The Last Boy. May 21, 2012
The Last Boy
I tend to dismiss most baseball books that have the word "last" in the title, unless it's a reference to a last-place team. "Last" in the context of the passage of time is usually a look through the nostalgia …
reviewed Three Nights in August. April 11, 2012
Three Nights in August
I've been a stalwart champion of the Billy Beane school of statistics ever since I first read Moneyball. I've defended the idea that, in spite of never winning a Pennant, Beane's new method of collecting …
reviewed Major League II. January 28, 2012
Major League II
The funny thing about Major League II is that it appears to have a specific team being used as the primary antagonist. The Cleveland Indians spend so much time playing against and worrying about the Chicago …
reviewed Moneyball. September 25, 2011
Moneyball
Billy Beane won, you know. He would hate to hear anyone say that since he never picked up a Pennant, but he won. He changed the way baseball is played. Well, maybe not so much played as constructed, but …
reviewed Little Big League. August 15, 2011
Little Big League
Little Big League is certainly a 90's movie. There's a precocious little kid in it who gets to do something really big against all reason, logic, or real world possibility. It holds a cosmetic resemblance …
reviewed Amazin'. July 30, 2011
Amazin'
My friend Matt told me this story: Understand that Matt is a major fan of the New York Mets. In 2009 he became a father for the first time, and one day he decided it was time to introduce his daughter, …
reviewed Rookie of the Year. July 20, 2011
Rookie of the Year
There was once a brilliant spoof of this trope on Futurama: The New New York Mets (and for those not familiar with the show, "New New York" is not a typo) sign Leela to rescue their flagging attendance. …
reviewed Sweet Lou and the Cubs. July 14, 2011
Sweet Lou and the Cubs
I must make an apology to all of the Cubs fans who may be reading this. In my recent attempt to honor the recently retired all-time managing great Lou Piniella, I set out to read and review a book about …
reviewed Cooperstown Confidential. July 09, 2011
Cooperstown Confidential
To me, the Hall of Fame candidacy of Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are open and shut cases. Both are arguably the best players of all time at their positions – Bonds is the all-time home runs leader, …
reviewed Boston Red Sox. May 13, 2011
Red Sox 1
As a Yankees fan, you had to know I wasn't planning to come into a review of the Boston Red Sox expecting to write a slew of wonderful things about the team. But as a reviewer, I'm obligated to …
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