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The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and Underrated Players in Baseball History

3 Ratings: 2.3
A book by Jayson Stark

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Author: Jayson Stark
Publisher: Triumph Books
3 reviews about The Stark Truth: The Most Overrated and...
review by . April 19, 2008
Fun ride through baseball stats and history, this book is one of those argument-starters that make baseball such a great game to play, watch, listen to (the only sport that may be better on radio than on TV), and read about.    Stark takes a strictly personal approach to the debate, not laying out any rules for inclusion or exclusion as he goes position by position (and by franchise in a short appendix that would make a great follow-up book all by itself) listing the top five …
review by . December 11, 2010
There is nothing baseball fans like better than to engage in an "animated discussion" over which player was better than another. Emotion often rules out over data, yet most times even the statistics are uncertain as a few statistics for one player may be much better than the same statistics for another. Furthermore, the major changes in how the game is played over the last 150 years also must be considered when the ones being compared played in different times. Stark throws caution to the wind and …
review by . February 24, 2009
Jayson Stark's book is an entertaining read. It is not however the tome of our time.    His lighthearted debate on overrated vs underrated throws a few curves. His naming of Nolan Ryan as the most overrated right handed pitcher required some explanation. His ranking of Ernie Banks as both overrated (1b) and Underrated (SS) is interesting. His statement that Ron Santo was the best all around third baseman of the 60's is just nonsense. If Robinson plays 81 games in Wrigley then …
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