Turn Off Ads?
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 25

Thread: Baseball Books Recommendations

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Milford, Clifton
    Posts
    1,585

    Baseball Books Recommendations

    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!
    Follow me on twitter @EricLilly7

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Louisville, KY
    Posts
    119

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    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.

  4. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    523

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations


  5. #4
    Schnickelfritz BurgervilleBuck's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Wyldur
    Posts
    725

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    Seek out Moneyball by Michael Lewis. Also, check out the Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract and this year's Bill James Gold Mine.
    That Joey Votto is some kind of Man Candy!

    "For them to boo me like that, it lets me know they dream about me at night. -- Brandon Phillips on Cards fans.

  6. #5
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    152

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    Ball Four by Jim Bouton is a great read. i second Moneyball also.

  7. #6
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Posts
    2,079

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    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.

  8. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Chapel Hill NC
    Posts
    3,249

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by NorrisHopper30 View Post
    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.
    UNC Tar Heels 2009 National Champions 5 time NCAA Champs
    57, 82, 93, 05, 09
    Go Heels!!!!!

  9. #8
    Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Posts
    1,006

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    The Mickey Mantle auto-bio was a pretty good read.

  10. #9
    Member Spazzrico's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Greenville, SC
    Posts
    387

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    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.

  11. #10
    Member muddie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Raleigh, N.C.
    Posts
    1,966

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    'Ty Cobb' by Charles Alexander if you can find it.

  12. #11
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Posts
    187

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    A great introduction to SABR type baseball thinking is Baseball Between the Numbers: Why Everything You Know About The Game Is Wrong.

  13. #12
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    All around
    Posts
    7,576

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    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.

  14. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Boise, Idaho
    Posts
    180

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by foltza View Post
    Ball Four by Jim Bouton is a great read. i second Moneyball also.
    my two favs.

  15. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    584

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    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.
    Last edited by kfm; 05-08-2010 at 11:04 PM.

  16. #15
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    All around
    Posts
    7,576

    Re: Baseball Books Recommendations

    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.


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25