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Posted July 19, 2003
In-Depth, but lacks pizzaz
A very solid 'read', but seems that you have to know a lot about past players. This book digs deep into history and may be boring for younger fans. An excellent compilation on the whole however.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2003
While this book may not be the 'definitive reference' for 'all-time lineups,' Neyer's arguments for all different lineups make a great deal of sense and at times are very informative, hilarious/intriguing, and thought-provoking, sometimes all at the same time. It's clear Neyer put a lot of research and work into this book. And too with each team, he offers vignettes about them. For example, why the Washington Senators were not really as bad over their history as everyone paints them out to be. Or the story of star-crossed pitcher David Clyde of the Texas Rangers, or how the Padres in their expansion draft wound up with only one ex-Dodger of any value (even with an ex-Dodger GM running the draft). He also presents arguments about certain underrated players. A good example is why Bert Blyleven should be in the HOF, pointing out he wound up playing for a number of subpar teams; another example is ex Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb was a much better pitcher than has been generally regarded. One thing about baseball of course is that it's statistic riddled (more so than other major sports) and that certain surroundings (hitter's vs pitcher's ballpark, playing for a winning or losing team) can unfairly affect certain stats, a great point Neyer makes throughout the book at various points. And oh yes the lineups. Neyer takes what he feels is each team's best lineup (with some times, he has an alternate all-time team), along with 'all-rookie,' 'gold glove,' 'iron glove,' 'best single season lineup,' 'used to be great,' 'all-bust' team and so on. You may not always agree with his picks, but again you have to respect the amount of work he's put into this book. And too some of his choices are fascinating. Yes the superstars tend to dominate the lineups, but occasionally a less well-known player gets credit where credit is due. And that goes for ALL the different lineups, even the ones most players would probably not want to be remembered for. This is an excellent book, one that any fan, casual or 'baseball junkie' is going to enjoy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 15, 2003
Rob Neyer Hits Another Home Run
Rob Neyer knows baseball. It is rare to see someone who can meld a keen understanding of sabermetrics and an ability to entertain. The concept for the book is an interesting one and Neyer pulls it off nicely.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.