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When in Doubt, Grab a Book!

I know this article is a little different and contradicts bloggers in this internet age, but bear with me!

This past weekend I was reading the latest Sports Illustrated Issue—the one with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and their newest pick-up LeBron James.

I will admit it that I have always been a sucker for a good sports read. Whether it be, SI, ESPN The Magazine, or since I discovered this whole new world we call the business of baseball, books focused of the economics of the game.

In SI’s newest article, a two-page spread featuring Lady Gaga in some sort of bubble bikini or something is on the left, while the right side is full-page writeup, that more or less states a fact that maybe lost on all of us in this generation of  up to the millisecond information.

One worry of the internet is how it could destroy the magazine, or book industry, turning a genuine form of print into a dinosaur.  Contrary to popular belief, “readership is increasing, and adults between 18 and 34 are among the most dedicated readers.”

While everything is done online these days, so is the ordering of subscriptions,  books etc…

Seemingly, the internet age, once thought to eliminate print, is actually helping its growth.

Online searching, increases viewership, thus driving subscribers to new sites.

Simple right…

So, while we are on the topic of subscriptions, reading, and online purchases, I thought I would introduce a book, that some may have read, debated or  have discussed for years, “The Numbers Game” by Alan Schwarz—foreword by Peter Gammons of ESPN.

Anyone interested in the history of statistics for the game of baseball, this is the book for you.

Baseball is a sport so entrenched by numbers that the mention of .406, *61, 190, .367, 755, 56, or even *73, brings along a story or a tall tale within seconds of its mention.

Yet, where did the obsession come from?

Did it gain momentum with Bill James and his abstracts?

Was it brought to light by Allan Roth? Or has it been a fixture in our minds since Henry Chadwick gave it a life of its own?

Either way, it is a, I wont’ say gut wrenching thriller! Instead ,a unique adventure for anyone that loves baseball and the numbers that go with it.

If anyone out there has read it, let me know what you think, I would love to hear your thoughts.

This article can also be found on The GM's Perspective

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