Q & A with Jesse Goldberg-Strassler

If you know me, you know a love words/phrases.  I love their spellings, their etymologies, their pronunciations.  Well baseball is certainly full of great terms and phrases.  If you are a fan of “The Dickson Baseball Dictionary,” then you should also have in your library a copy of “The Baseball Thesaurus” by Jesse Goldberg-Strassler. You … Read more

Book Review: Baseball Prospectus’ “The Call-Up 2012″

In this age of 24/7 sportsradio, Internet, Twitter, Facebook and texting, good solid writing on time-sensitive topics tends to be at a premium.  When the Baseball Prospectus annual book becomes available in late-February, its already at least six weeks behind the latest transactions.  The forward-looking aspect in some team essays suddenly becomes obsolete. Furthermore, the … Read more

“The Hall of Nearly Great”

There are plenty of books detailing the careers and stories behind Hall of Famers.  There aren’t many tomes discussing those players who aren’t quite Hall-worthy, but ARE worthy of a good, long appreciation.  A new eBook, “The Hall of Nearly Great” serves to fill that void. As their website states: It’s for the players we … Read more

Book Review/Author Interview: “Root for the Home Team”

  As you undoubtedly know, I love quirky names.  But my love of them isn’t just limited to players . . . I love team names too.  Names that are evocative of the team’s hometown, or just make you scratch your head.   Well, current voice of the Triple-A Tucson Padres Tim Hagerty loves team … Read more