*Written in 2015.
This is a sequel to the awesome book Baseball Between the Numbers, which I reviewed.
The Baseball Prospectus staff once again provides baseball fans and stat heads with a magnum opus. Yes, they have produced two perfect and amazing works for us to read and both are monstrous volumes to add to your sports library.
Being that this one is a few years older than its predecessor, it is a bit more current with its subject matter and it gives us some other topics. A big part of the book goes into the use of PEDs and how it effects the game. It is a section that I agreed with wholeheartedly and it helped inspire the post I wrote about PEDs several weeks ago (*referencing an old website that is now gone).
The book also goes into team building, scouting, pitching, fielding, offense and other subjects. It does a thorough job of analyzing all this stuff and giving the reader with a lot to ponder. It also gives one good ammunition for bar debates with your friends.
Baseball Prospectus writes some of the best material in the baseball world. This book is no different and if you are a true baseball fan, if you don’t already own this, you are doing yourself and your library a big disservice.
Pairs well with: Baseball Between the Numbers by the Baseball Prospectus Team of Experts, The SABR Baseball List & Record Book by the Society for American Baseball Research, The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract by Bill James.