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    What should I read after Moneyball?

    I know im a few years behind, but im about to finish up Moneyball and I think the next book im going to read is License to Deal by Jerry Crasnick. What are some suggestions for a book after that. I would really like to look into some of the specifics about the Moneyball stats so what are some of the books out there on that? Or should I read Three Nights in August? Or what are some other good baseball books out there? Definatly would like to read a book with the Reds involved.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    I just finished Three Nights in August a few weeks ago. It's interesting and a pretty quick read, but certainly one of the more frustrating books I've read lately. It only reinforced my belief that nobody overmanages more than Tony LaRussa.

    The book 'Mind Game' from BP was fairly interseting too.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    You have to read ball four. Different than what you want maybe though.
    This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shaknb8k
    I know im a few years behind, but im about to finish up Moneyball and I think the next book im going to read is License to Deal by Jerry Crasnick. What are some suggestions for a book after that. I would really like to look into some of the specifics about the Moneyball stats so what are some of the books out there on that? Or should I read Three Nights in August? Or what are some other good baseball books out there? Definatly would like to read a book with the Reds involved.
    Here's some you can't go wrong with.

    Men at Work - George Will

    The Numbers Game - Alan Schwartz

    Lords of the Realm - John Heylar

    Why Time begins on Opening Day - Thomas Boswell

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Here are some upcoming books that I'm pretty excited about:

    Baseball Between the Numbers by Baseball Prospectus
    The Mind of Bill James by Scott Gray
    Fantasyland by Sam Walker (Read an ARC of this and it was fantastic)

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    If you can find it, "Dollar Sign on the Muscle" by Kevin Kerrane is a great followup to "Moneyball"
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by RFS62
    If you can find it, "Dollar Sign on the Muscle" by Kevin Kerrane is a great followup to "Moneyball"
    I can't seem to find that one. Even check the library to no avail. Once in awhile I check ebay to see if I can locate it there ... no luck.

    Edit: Now I know why; $320? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...lance&n=283155

    GL

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    I was lucky enough to find Dollar Sign on the Muscle at my local library. I agree that it would be an excellent book to follow Moneyball. A recommended read at anytime I'd say.


    How good is it? I found this copy on Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...lance&n=283155
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong
    I can't seem to find that one. Even check the library to no avail. Once in awhile I check ebay to see if I can locate it there ... no luck.

    Edit: Now I know why; $320? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...lance&n=283155

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    Inter-library loan is the way to go on hard to get items. I used it for some Abstracts, got them from St. Louis.

    Ask your local if they partcipate in it, ours does and I can order all my books online and they'll call me when I can pick them up at the libray branch of my choice.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Being a Reds fan right now, I would suggest you read the bible... you are going to need some type of faith to get through this next season!!

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Quote Originally Posted by gonelong
    I can't seem to find that one. Even check the library to no avail. Once in awhile I check ebay to see if I can locate it there ... no luck.

    Edit: Now I know why; $320? http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/080...lance&n=283155

    GL

    Kevin Kerrane has been on XM radio a couple of times. They talked like a reprint may be happening in the future, but nothing definite.

    I got lucky and snagged mine online for $40 a couple of years ago, and I've passed it around to local friends. It's a classic.
    "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Two baseball books I'd read (and they really have nothing to do with Moneyball, but are great):

    1. The Long Season by Jim Brosnan
    2. Richard Ben Cramer's book on Joe Dimaggio.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    The Peter Gammons book...called, i think... After the 6th game, details the downfall of BOS team due to FA and problems with ownership.

    Details the game in general from pre-FA to effects during and after.

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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    i have Dollar Sign on the Muscle; it was required for a class i took. good stuff, though i hate the writing style.
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    Re: What should I read after Moneyball?

    Just finished "The Glory of Their Times" by Lawrence Ritter the other night. Another one I'd recommend highly, it's considered a classic and I concur.
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