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Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders: A Complete Guide to the Worst Decisions and Stupidest Moments in Baseball History

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Baseball bloopers are fun; they're funny, even. A pitcher slips on the mound and his pitch sails over the backstop. An infielder camps under a pop-up...and the ball lands ten feet away. An outfielder tosses a souvenir to a fan...but that was just the second out, and
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 5th 2006 by Touchstone (first published 2006)
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Jim Melcher
Neyer is a knowledgeable and entertaining writer, and I very much enjoyed the book. Like a lot of sabermetrically inclined baseball authors, though, he is too smug. Most frequently, he derides actions as "blunders" when they didn't work out because of injuries people could not possibly have seen coming (like the Mets drafting Steve Chilcott in 1967, who played well in the minors until injuries plagued him). There's too much of that sort of thing here, and that's why I lower my rating to four sta ...more
Oliver Bateman
Ibsen it ain't, but this is another well-researched baseball book from Rob Neyer. Like Bill James, Neyer settles debates without wasting his readers' time (although anyone who has time to read a 400-page book about baseball probably isn't too worried about squeezing maximum value from his or her available minutes). His analyses of famous baseball blunders are as brief as they are cogent, and despite the book's length this is the sort of junk reading that can be completed in under a day. The BIG ...more
Not bad. It's the analysis of a lot of different, unconnected incidents throughout baseball history. Most of them have entered baseball lore as stupid blunders. The author tries to objectively analyze them and see if they really were mistakes, and if so, how bad. Sometimes he gets hung up on very mundane details of players dead long long ago, but often the articles are fairly interesting.
A blooper is something unfortunate that happens in baseball, no one plans them but they happen, a blunder is something someone has time to think better of but they still go ahead and do it. This book is a bunch of entertaining short stories about some of baseballs greatest blunders, I just wish the Sox weren’t in it so much.
Lots of fun baseball history and Rob Neyer's engaging explanations meant that I tore through this one. There's so much baseball history to learn -- always fun to explore it...
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