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NorrisHopper30
05-07-2010, 01:40 AM
I'm looking to read a few baseball books and was looking for books that you all enjoyed and/or learned a lot from. I want to learn about Sabermetrics and am interested in Bill James' work, what books do you all recommend from him?

Thanks!

brachial pleXUs
05-07-2010, 10:23 AM
I know this isn't necessarily what you're looking for, but I found The Natural to be exceptional. Sorry I couldn't be more help with the Bill James/ Sabermetrics angle.

BigJohn
05-07-2010, 11:14 AM
http://www-math.bgsu.edu/~albert/papers/saber.html

look at the reference list at the end.


http://saberlibrary.com/

BurgervilleBuck
05-07-2010, 12:59 PM
Seek out Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Also, check out the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract and this year's Bill James Gold Mine.

foltza
05-07-2010, 02:16 PM
Ball Four by Jim Bouton is a great read. i second Moneyball also.

Griffey012
05-07-2010, 02:27 PM
Juiced By Jose Canseco is a good read simply because of how publicized it initially was and because the book is written in a much different manner than was publicly portrayed.

bounty37h
05-07-2010, 03:03 PM
I'm looking to read a few baseball books and was looking for books that you all enjoyed and/or learned a lot from. I want to learn about Sabermetrics and am interested in Bill James' work, what books do you all recommend from him?

Thanks!

I know this wont be a popular answer at all here, but I cant think of anything that would sap the fun out of the game for me more then reading an entire book about sabermetrics. I love money, but dont want to read an accounting book either.

Jack Burton
05-07-2010, 04:23 PM
The Mickey Mantle auto-bio was a pretty good read.

Spazzrico
05-07-2010, 04:26 PM
THere's an interesting book about Liriano's rise through the minors and his unfortunate teammate who went the other way. Easy read called THrowing Bullets.

muddie
05-07-2010, 05:23 PM
'Ty Cobb' by Charles Alexander if you can find it.

killuminati35
05-07-2010, 08:09 PM
A great introduction to SABR type baseball thinking is Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About The Game Is Wrong. (http://www.amazon.com/Baseball-Between-Numbers-Everything-About/dp/0465005470/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273277301&sr=8-1)

Kingspoint
05-07-2010, 09:07 PM
James just put out his latest book. Go for that one if you're interested in current players and James' current train of thought. Find it on his website.

Jerome
05-08-2010, 03:25 PM
Ball Four by Jim Bouton is a great read. i second Moneyball also.

my two favs.

kfm
05-08-2010, 10:59 PM
Agree with the Moneyball recommendation. One of the most enjoyable books I have read in a long time. I just started another baseball book today called The Eastern Stars, How Baseball Changed the Dominican Town of San Pedro de Macoris. Not really the sabermatric angle you are looking for but so far it is an enjoyable read. Easy to understand why the Dominican has so many good major league baseball players. Forgot to mention, that Cueto is from this town.

Kingspoint
05-09-2010, 06:33 AM
I'd agree with "moneyball" if I hadn't read Bill James write the same thing 20 years earlier. If you can find (and it's hard) any of the "70's versions" of his baseball analysis books, it's great reading, but you've got to love stats and analysis.

goreds2
05-09-2010, 08:21 AM
Juiced By Jose Canseco is a good read simply because of how publicized it initially was and because the book is written in a much different manner than was publicly portrayed.

Plus, most of it ended up being true.

bounty37h
05-10-2010, 11:14 AM
I cant come up with the guy's mane right now, but there was a former ump who had a couple funny books out mid 80'with some good, really funny stories.

BigJohn
05-10-2010, 01:08 PM
http://www.amazon.com/Ron-Luciano/e/B000APY3EO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Ron Luciano???

bounty37h
05-10-2010, 03:32 PM
Ding ding, winner winner chicken dinner, thanks for the assist Big John! I could only come up with Lou, and that threw me off. Not great stuff or award winning, but funny stories non-the-less

NorrisHopper30
05-12-2010, 05:18 PM
Bill James Baseball Abstract just came in the mail...this is one GIANT book.

I just was assigned a research paper and my topic is over baseball so hopefully I can find some nice ole quotes in here.

NorrisHopper30
05-21-2010, 02:30 PM
Moneyball was incredible!!!

nemesis
05-21-2010, 02:32 PM
Moneyball was incredible!!!

Are they still making Moneyball the Movie? Isn't Jose writing another book?

NorrisHopper30
05-21-2010, 02:37 PM
Are they still making Moneyball the Movie? Isn't Jose writing another book?

I heard they were...Brad Pitt is Billy Beane and Jonah Hill is Paul Depodesta.

sabometrics
05-22-2010, 01:58 AM
Moneyball is still like a year away from release last I heard. Summer 2011 I'm thinking. Feels like that's been in production for a while now.

The Voice of IH
05-22-2010, 03:09 PM
I am currently reading "Built To Win" by John Schuerholtz (long time Braves GM). It talks about the book Moneyball a lot, so I kinda wish I would have read it first. but nevertheless it is pretty good.