Best Baseball Books
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1. Baseball Prospectus 2021
Author: by Baseball Prospectus
Published at: Baseball Prospectus (January 22, 2021)
The 2021 edition of The New YorkTimes Bestselling Guide.PLAY BALL! The 26th edition of this industry-leading baseball annualcontains all of the important statistics, player predictions and insider-levelcommentary that readers have come to expect, along with significant improvements to several statistics that were created by, and are exclusive to, Baseball Prospectus, and an expanded focus on international players and teams.
Baseball Prospectus 2021 provides fantasy players and insiders alike withprescient PECOTA projections, which TheNew York Times called the berforecast of every player’s performance. With more than 50 Baseball Prospectus alumni currently working for major-league baseball teams, nearly every organization has sought the advice of current or former BP analysts, and readers of Baseball Prospectus 2021 will understand why!
2. Baseball America 2021 Prospect Handbook
Author: by The Editors of Baseball America
Published at: Baseball America (March 2, 2021)
The industry’s longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers, Ron Shandler’s Baseball Forecaster, published annually since 1986, is the first book to approach prognostication by breaking performance down into its component parts. Rather than predicting batting average, for instance, this resource looks at the elements of skill that make up any given batter’s ability to distinguish between balls and strikes, his propensity to make contact with the ball, and what happens when he makes contactreverse engineering those skills back into batting average.
The result is an unparalleled forecast of baseball abilities and trends for the upcoming season and beyond.
4. Baseball Biographies for Kids: The Greatest Players from the 1960s to Today (Biographies of Today’s Best Players)
Author: by Dean Burrell
Published at: Rockridge Press (January 28, 2020)
Grand slam!Inspiring baseball biographies for young fans ages 9 to 12It’s the bottom of the ninth, bases are loaded, and your team is down by threewho do you want coming up to bat? Baseball Biographies for Kids answers this question and more!
Bursting with statistics and impressive feats from the greatest players of the last 60 years, this lineup of inspirational baseball biographies shows you what it takes to be a real MVP. Discover the ultimate dream team as you explore the best pros for each position.
You’ll also get quick looks into some truly legendary baseball players and lots of fun facts! Baseball Biographies for Kids includes:Modern stars, real storiesFrom Cal Ripken Jr. to David Ortiz, you’ll discover the players who truly defined the game.
Tons of statsEach biography includes critical info, including games played, ERA, hits, and more. Draft your own all-star teamFill out the included starting lineup sheet with your picks for each position. These baseball biographies really knock it out of the park for big fans and aspiring players!
5. Cloudbuster Nine: The Untold Story of Ted Williams and the Baseball Team That Helped Win World War II
Author: by Anne R. Keene
Published at: Sports Publishing (April 21, 2020)
In 1943, while the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals were winning pennants and meeting in that year’s World Series, one of the nation’s strongest baseball teams practiced on a skinned-out college field in the heart of North Carolina. Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, and Johnny Sain were among a cadre of fighter-pilot cadets who wore the Cloudbuster Nine baseball jersey at an elite Navy training school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In this spirited Field of Dreams-like father-daughter account, author Anne R. Keene opens with a story about her father, Jim Raugh, who suited up as the team batboy and mascot. He got to know his baseball heroes personally, watching players hit the road on cramped, tin-can buses, dazzling factory workers, kids, and service members at dozens of games, including a war-bond exhibition against Babe Ruth’s team at Yankee Stadium.
Jimmy followed his baseball dreams as a college All-American, but was crushed later in life by a failed major-league bid with the Detroit Tigers. He would have carried this story to his grave had Anne not discovered his scrapbook from a Navy school that shaped America’s greatest heroes including George H.W.
6. 2021 Fantasy Baseball Almanac
Author: by Sean Ryan
Published at: Independently published (February 28, 2021)
Updated March 7th, 2021 *Post Jackie Bradley Jr. Signing* Why buy another book that was written in early January? Not only do we keep the Fantasy Baseball Almanac and Draft Guide current for new readers, we are the only Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide that comes with continuous off-season updates and in season fantasy advice.
Sean Ryan of UnderdogTV and the Get Paid: Fantasy, Gambling and DFS podcast on Podcast One and Eric Zimmerman team up to write the best Fantasy Baseball Guide around. As was the case with last year’s #1 selling Fantasy Football Almanac, Sean combines math with traditional scouting methods to provide the most comprehensive fantasy draft tool the industry has to offer.
Eric Zimmerman, aka “Baseballai Lama” is hosting the brand-new baseball podcast Under The Bus. Eric applies the scouting to supplement Sean’s analytical fantasy sports approach. Why should you buy this book? What makes us better than the rest?1. As stated, this book offers full season scouting and fantasy baseball consulting 2.
7. The Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2021
Author: by Joe Pisapia
Published at: Independently published (December 12, 2020)
The Fantasy Baseball season officially begins with the Fantasy Baseball Black Book 2021 Edition! Joe Pisapia and his crew are back for 2021 with a NEW edition of the 16-time #1 best-selling series. Joe Pisapia – fantasy sports analyst, award winning TV/radio/podcast host and creator of the revolutionary player evaluation tool Relative Position Value (RPV).
Paul Sporer – RotoGraphs, Fangraphs, Host of Sleeper and the Bust PodcastChris Meaney – Fade the Noise (Head of Content)Eric Cross – Fantrax (Lead Baseball Writer)Chris Welsh – In This League Podcast, Prospect One PodcastBrian Entrekin – Benched with Bubba Podcast, LineStar MLB DFSAriel Cohen Rotographs, FSWA 2019 Baseball Writer of the YearAaron Pags Lead Writer Fantasy in Frames, Perfectly Framed PodcastMichael Simione Fangraphs, RotoBallerThe NEW and expanded 2021 Fantasy Black Book features include: *Over 500+ Player Profiles with complete RPV breakdowns*100 Prospect Profiles for Dynasty Leagues*2021 Draft Strategies for ALL formats including season long roto, H2H Points, H2H roto categories and AuctionWhether you’re new to fantasy baseball or a grizzled veteran looking for a leg up on the competition, the Fantasy Black Book is the definitive guide.
8. The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell
Author: by Lonnie Wheeler
Published at: Harry N. Abrams (February 9, 2021)
The rst full biography of the star Negro Leaguer and Hall of Famer James Cool Papa Bell (19031991) was a legend in black baseball, a lightning fast switch hitter elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. Bell’s speed was extraordinary; as Satchel Paige famously quipped, he was so fast he could ip a light switch and be in bed before the room got dark.
In The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell, experienced baseball writer and historian Lonnie Wheeler recounts the life of this extraordinary player, a key member of some of the greatest Negro League teams in history. Born to sharecroppers in Mississippi, Bell was part of the Great Migration, and in St. Louis, baseball saved Bell from a life working in slaughterhouses.
Wheeler charts Bell’s ups and downs in life and in baseball, in the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, where he went to escape American racism and MLB’s color line. Rich in context and suffused in myth, this is a treat for fans of baseball history.
9. I Should Have Quit This Morning: Adventures in Minor League Baseball
Author: by Kathy Diekroeger
Published at: Independently published (April 8, 2019)
The road to Major League baseball goes through the minor leagues. Every year there are over 5,500 players trying to work their way to the top of the tiered minor league system. Very few people know what life is really like for these aspiring players – until now.
This collection of stories from actual minor league players is a hilarious, heartbreaking and honest account of the struggle to make it to the big leagues. In this book, you will learn:* How it feels to be the first pick in the MLB draft (everyone started screaming) and how it feels for a player to not hear his name called at all (Three days came and went and I didn’t get picked.
Why some players don’t sign a minor league contract (It was an unbelievably tough decision. Who the players meet when they show up as a rookie on day one (It’s a very rude awakening. Where players go in the off season (You can make some serious dough in the Dominican and Venezuelan leagues.
What Spring Training is like for minor leaguers (The difference between big league camp and minor league camp is night and day. Where players live and how they eat (I became a pro at cooking in the kitchen bathroom’ in the hotel.
10. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Author: by Michael Lewis
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (March 17, 2004)
“This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame.” ForbesMoneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A’s, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists.
They are all in search of new baseball knowledgeinsights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
11. The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
Author: by Judea Pearl
Published at: Basic Books; Reprint edition (August 25, 2020)
A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence “Correlation is not causation.” This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk.
Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality – the study of cause and effect – on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness.
Pearl’s work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence.
Anyone who wants to understand either needs The Book of Why.
12. Bill James Handbook 2021
Author: by Bill James
Published at: ACTA Publications, Inc (November 1, 2020)
The first-to-market, most comprehensive, insightful, and groundbreaking annual baseball book on the market. A must-have gift for every true fan, with lifetime statistics and leader boards for every player in the major leagues and projections for how they might do in the future.
2021 EDITION FEATURES: New! Batter Game Scores Exclusive! The Annual Fielding Bible Awards Enhanced! Defensive Runs Saved based on the new PART System Complete! Career Data for Every 2020 Major Leaguer Unique! RBI Percentages, Win Shares, Career Targets, Shifts First! Hitter & Pitcher Projections for 2021
13. Relentless Optimism: How a Commitment to Positive Thinking Changes Everything (Sports for the Soul) (Volume 3)
Author: by Darrin Donnelly
Published at: Shamrock New Media, Inc.; 1st edition (July 26, 2017)
Studies prove that positive thinkers are happier, healthier, and more successful than everyone else. Discover the simple, proven techniques for becoming a more positive person… Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes. Study after study proves this. Researchers have found that optimistic people live longer, live healthier, have more energy, have more successful careers, make better decisions, are more productive, are less stressed, have healthier relationships, and (not surprisingly) are much happier than pessimists.
However, a lot has been misunderstood about what it means to be a positive thinker and what it takes to maintain an optimistic mindset. It takes a lot more than repeating feel-good platitudes to make positive thinking work in your life.
It takes discipline, commitment, and a proper understanding of what optimism really means in a world that is constantly throwing new challenges at us. This is a book for anyone who has ever questioned whether positive thinking really works. It’s also a book for those who have tried to develop a more positive attitude, but have found it difficult to eliminate the voices of fear, doubt, and cynicism.
14. The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball's Afterlife
Author: by Brad Balukjian
Published at: University of Nebraska Press; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2020)
A Los Angeles Times Bestseller 2020 NPR’s Book Concierge Staff Pick Is there life after baseball? Starting from this simple question, The Wax Pack ends up with something much bigger and unexpecteda meditation on the loss of innocence and the gift of impermanence, for both Brad Balukjian and the former ballplayers he tracked down.
To get a truly random sample of players, Balukjian followed this wildly absurd but fun-as-hell premise: he took a single pack of baseball cards from 1986 (the first year he collected cards), opened it, chewed the nearly thirty-year-old gum inside, gagged, and then embarked on a quest to find all the players in the pack.
Absurd, maybe, but true. He took this trip solo in the summer of 2015, spanning 11,341 miles through thirty states in forty-eight days. Balukjian actively engaged with his subjectstaking a hitting lesson from Rance Mulliniks, watching kung fu movies with Garry Templeton, and going to the zoo with Don Carman.
In the process of finding all the players but one, he discovered an astonishing range of experiences and untold stories in their post-baseball lives, and he realized that we all have more in common with ballplayers than we think. While crisscrossing the country, Balukjian retraced his own past, reconnecting with lost loves and coming to terms with his lifelong battle with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
15. So Many Ways to Lose: The Amazin' True Story of the New York Mets―the Best Worst Team in Sports
Author: by Devin Gordon
Published at: Harper (March 16, 2021)
The Mets lose when they should win. They win when they should lose. And when it comes to being the worst, no team in sports has ever done it better than the Mets. In So Many Ways to Lose, author and lifelong Mets fan Devin Gordon sifts through the detritus of Queens for a baseball history like no other.
Remember the time the Mets lost an All-Star after he got charged by a wild boar? Or the time they blew a six-run ninth-inning lead at the peak of a pennant race? Or the time they fired their manager before he ever managed a game?Sure you do.
It was only two years ago, and it was all in the same season. The Mets have an unrivaled gift for getting it backward, doing the impossible, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and then snatching defeat right back again.
And yet, just ask any Mets fan: amazing and/or miraculous postseason runs are as much a part of our team’s identity as losing 120 games in 1962. The DNA of seasons like 1969, the original Miracle Mets, and the 1973 Ya Gotta Believe Mets, who went from last place to Game 7 of the World Series in two months, and the powerhouse 1986 Mets, has encoded in us this hapless instinct that a reversal of fortune is always possible.
16. Baseball Playbook
Author: by Ron Polk
Published at: Compete Publishing; Later Edition (February 1, 1982)
In The Baseball Playbook, Coach Ron Polk provides a complete, holistic approach to the game of the baseball and it’s many intricacies.