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  • Bullpen Diariesby Charley Rosen

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 17.99

    "Delightful and insightful." —John Thorn, author of Total Baseball Baseball is the only sport where the defense has the ball, and there is no lonelier in the world of sports than the pitcher’s mound. Which makes Yankee relievers among the most scrutinized and intriguing group of athletes in the game. In Bullpen Diaries , Charley Rosen, lifelong... more...

  • Cage Ratby Kevin Long; Glen Waggoner

    HarperCollins 2011; US$ 11.99

    The Hitting Coach for the New York Yankees, Kevin Long trains power-hitters in the fine art of hitting a baseball well—a talent the legendary Ted Williams once called, “the most difficult skill in sport.” In Cage Rat , the man who helps sharpen the mechanics of such superstars as Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, and Alex Rodriguez shares the expertise he... more...

  • The Beauty of Short Hopsby Sheldon Hirsch; Alan Hirsch

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 29.95

    Sabermetrics, the search for objective knowledge about baseball through statistical analysis, has taken over the national pastime. The authors argue that this approach began as a useful corrective but has come to harm baseball. The book demonstrates that the so-called moneyball approach, based on sabermetrics, offers only limited guidance for assembling... more...

  • Major League Umpires' Performance, 2007-2010by Andrew Goldblatt

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2011; US$ 39.95

    Thirty years into baseball's sabermetric revolution, relatively little attention has been paid to the impact of a major league umpire's ball-and-strike judgment on game results. This welcome study corrects this omission by profiling more than ninety current umpires, summarizing their professional history, and charting their performance at home... more...

  • Under Pallor, Under Shadowby Bill Felber

    University of Nebraska Press 2011; US$ 26.95

    A real-time account of the tumultuous 1920 baseball season, focusing on the dramatic last half. more...

  • Before the Machineby Mark J. Schmetzer; Greg Rhodes

    Clerisy Press 2011; US$ 14.99

    The Big Red Machine dominated major league baseball in the 1970s, but the Cincinnati franchise began its climb to that pinnacle in 1961, when an unlikely collection of cast-offs and wannabes stunned the baseball world by winning the National League pennant. Led by revered manager Fred Hutchinson, the team featured rising stars like Frank Robinson,... more...

  • 365 Oddball Days in St. Louis Cardinals Historyby John Snyder

    Clerisy Press 2011; US$ 13.99

    The St. Louis Cardinals is one of the most successful franchises in National League history. Having won a record ten World Championships, the team has cultivated a huge fan base. 365 Oddball Days in Cardinals History combines easy-to-browse baseball trivia with a never-out-of-date annual. It delivers historical and statistical information in quick... more...

  • Mets Journalby John Snyder

    Clerisy Press 2011; US$ 23.99

    Baseball fans will have their hands full well beyond the season of America’s favorite game. Dividing the team’s history into decades, years, and even days, Mets Journal offers hitting and pitching highlights, team and player stats, interesting and unusual facts much more than just a box score. The book also includes photos, sidebars, statistics,... more...

  • The Comeback Kidsby Joe Jacobs; Mark J. Schmetzer; Chris Welsh

    Clerisy Press 2010; US$ 19.99

    Few experts picked the Reds to win the National League Central Division Championship. Loaded with great young talent, the team was expected to move up in the standings and maybe even to break its nine-year streak of losing seasons. But win the division? Hardly. No one realized the level of heart and tenacity this team possessed, the pluck and verve... more...

  • Wins, Losses, and Empty Seatsby David George Surdam

    UNP - Nebraska 2011; US$ 30.00

    Organized baseball has survived its share of difficult times, and never was the state of the game more imperiled than during the Great Depression. Or was it? Remarkably, during the economic upheavals of the Depression none of the sixteen Major League Baseball teams folded or moved. In this economist’s look at the sport as a business between 1929 and... more...