What are you reading? What do you want to read?
My most recent reads:
- David Edmonds and John Eidinow, Wittgenstein’s Poker
- Mark Twain, Letters from the Earth
- Bruce Campbell, If Chins Could Kill
My most recent baseball purchases:
- Robert Whiting, You Gotta Have Wa
- H. Allen and Ira Smith, Three Men on Third (book of anecdotes; title track refers to this incident)
- Allen Barra, Clearing the Bases
My most recent non-baseball purchases:
- Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually)
- Paul Theroux, Riding the Iron Rooster
- Jonathan Raban, Passage to Juneau
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- How MLB Became the Example of Peacemakers (FanGraphs). From Maury Brown’s thought-provoking article: “Wait a minute. The league that has no salary cap is in better shape than the two that have them? What?”
- Inside the rules: the NCAA “no agent” rule (Hardball Times). David Wade discusses the history of this rule.
- SABR’s Baseball Biography Project (Baseball-Reference). I’ve found Mark Armour’s project to be indispensable and fun. Help ‘em out if you’re so inclined.
- The Anatomy of a Hall of Famer (Seamheads). Mike Lynch examines the statistical differences between first-ballot and non-first-ballot Hall of Famers.
- Looking at Hall of Fame Pitchers (Joe Blogs). Speaking of the Hall of Fame… is Posnanski in yet?
- 2010′s Year Of The Pitcher Can’t Be Explained By Thinner Bats (SBNation). Rob Neyer offers an alternative take on a recent intriguing article.
- The worst of the best (part II) (Hardball Times). Can anyone win the World Series? I always point to the 1987 Twins as reason to hope. Chris Jaffe concurs.
Okay, there’s some stuff. Talk about whatever…