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reviewed Sweet Lou and the Cubs. July 14, 2011
posted in Just Baseball
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
posted in Just Baseball
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 Seasons in Hell. July 08, 2011
posted in Just Baseball
Seasons in Hell
When the worst baseball teams in history are discussed, somehow the Texas Rangers get left out fairly frequently. Maybe they don't have the extended histories of other storied disasters like the Phillies …
reviewed Ball Four. October 13, 2010
posted in Just Baseball
Ball Four
Pros: Lives up to its hype     Cons: Doesn't surpass its hype     The Bottom Line: Bouton can take heart in the fact that the fans - you know, the people who COUNT …
reviewed 90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And O.... September 05, 2010
posted in Just Baseball
90% of the Game Is Half Mental: And Other Tales
Pros: Sharp, witty, entertaining     Cons: Span refers to New York City as just "New York"     The Bottom Line: I read too many GOOD baseball books! I need a bad …
reviewed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfa.... September 01, 2010
posted in Just Baseball
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Pros: Interesting account of front office life and statistics     Cons: Wanders and jumps around too much     The Bottom Line: The real game is money!     …
Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues,
Pros: Little descriptions really put you into the scene     Cons: Hasn't yet reached the official best baseball books echelon      The Bottom Line: And the …
reviewed Fever Pitch. July 25, 2010
Fever Pitch
Pros: Nick Hornby's style is always brilliant     Cons: Some readers may not understand because it's soccer     The Bottom Line: Go Buffalo Sabres!     …
Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound With a Minor
Pros: Descriptions of life in the minors are always fun     Cons: Pretty routine if you read lots of baseball books     The Bottom Line: Aren't odd men always out? …
reviewed Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseba.... June 24, 2010
posted in Just Baseball
Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic
Pros: Light and breezy, but also very interesting and thoughtful     Cons: Did Milano HAVE to pimp her clothing line and talk about her relationships with ballplayers?     …
reviewed The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary .... June 13, 2010
posted in Just Baseball
The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a
Pros: Well written, plenty of background on certain players...     Cons: ...Because the 1975 Reds as they were are a snooze by themselves     The Bottom Line: Sorry …
The Curse of the Bambino
Pros: Well-written and interesting     Cons: Drenched in weepy sentimentality     The Bottom Line: Go Yankees!     I'm having a hard time figuring …
reviewed The Bad Guys Won!. November 27, 2009
The Bad Guys Won!
Pros: Portrays ballplayers back when they actually had fun, dammit!     Cons: Several members of this team were during the season...     The Bottom Line: Was this …
The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the
Pros: Sparky Lyle writes like a true ballplayer     Cons: A lot of filler     The Bottom Line: Go Yankees!     One of the dumbest type of sports …
The Rocket That Fell to Earth: Roger Clemens and
Pros: We're talking about Roger Clemens here!     Cons: Feels like Pearlman is getting revenge for believing in Clemens     The Bottom Line: It took Clemens several …
reviewed The Yankee Years. October 13, 2009
The Yankee Years
Pros: Magnificently details the pressures of managing the Yankees     Cons: Not enough detail on actually building the dynasty     The Bottom Line: The Yankees …
Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights
Pros: Amusing, fun, well-written, stars many colorful characters     Cons: It's about the Dallas Cowboys!     The Bottom Line: Packers, Steelers, or Bears for America's …
Bums: An Oral History of the Brooklyn Dodgers Library Edition
Pros: Richly historical     Cons: Concentrates in a certain time frame     The Bottom Line: Baseball season is here! Go Yankees, White Sox, and Cardinals!     …
You Can't Lose 'Em All: The Year the Phillies
Pros: First chapter has interesting facts     Cons: Hacks off huge chunks of the season     The Bottom Line: Worse than the team it writes about.     …
Perfect I'm Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls,
Pros: Wells has a sense of humor about himself, and he's FUNNY!     Cons: Remember your problems with Faithful? Boomer has them, but to a much lesser extent (thankfully)     …
Bloody Sundays: Inside the Rough-and-Tumble World
Pros: Insights make you appreciate even unpopular arguments that get public     Cons: Freeman gets a bit self-righteous sometimes     The Bottom Line: If you love …
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