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“Who was better, Mays or Mantle? Allan Barra gets this one wrong, but his arguments in this wonderfully informative and fun book are always so trenchant, and supported by so much statistical ammunition, that he is (almost) always persuasive.” —-George F. Will
“If my sins at last caught up with me and I were confined to the smallest room in my house, I can think of no finer companion there than Allen Barra’s engagingly contentious Clearing the Bases.” —-Roger Kahn, author of The Head Game and The Boys of Summer
“If you love the game for what it is...step up and dig in.” —-The New York Times
“The book...is a real hackle raiser, but utterly fascinating.” —-The Boston Globe
“[Barra] goes about the job with meticulous care, with energy and delight. Every conclusion is supported by a wealth of data, well-balanced. Great book for the armchair athlete.” —-Houston Chronicle
Posted December 27, 2002
This book would be good for a novice to sports, someone seeking an introduction to the big issues. If you are a learned fan, however, most of this book will not interest you. Barra does state some interesting facts and statistics, but they remain just that. I was not compelled to read another two pages elaborating on each one. Many of the selected topics will forever be opinionated, such as the Mays/Mantle debate, which today is not really a debate as those residing in both camps have solid backing. Most people do not believe Roger Maris should be in the Hall of Fame, and yet Berra attacks this like it is a hot topic. The most confusing chapter was the Tim Raines is superior to Pete Rose one, which provides a plethora of statistical analysis to back up his opinon, but was rather questionable at times. Barra praises Tim Raines for making the All-Star team eight times for the Expos, something he likens to winning the Pulitzer Prize writing for a paper in North Dakota. An eloquent phrase, but it overlooks the fact that each team is garaunteed one All-Star each season, not to mention the fact that Raines would be the likely selection for all Canadian fans, as the Expos are the only Canadian National League team. He also punishes Rose for playing on good teams and compensates for Raines playing on basement dwellers. This can be looked at two ways, however, as maybe it was partly due to Pete's presence that the teams were indeed good. A very small book for the money and without much content. For a young kid wanting to learn about some of baseball's issues, or for a longtime fan who likes to read anything and everything about the sport, this is a good book. For someone looking for a good read, it is useless. It does not capture your attention, and is such a quick read, you feel as though you have wasted your money.
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Posted November 27, 2013
Hello traniees! These are your quarters! You are all to wait here until being called upon by a commander. When a commander calls your name with a group of others to terminate a Nook hostile, you are to go to the result they told you immidietly after you see the message in this result. The group called will pester the hostile and tell all who are violated and in that result to ignore the threat. Wait until all have followed instuctions and then check back to see if the Nook threat has left. Good luck!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 3, 2003
Posted October 22, 2003
While sports purists worship stats, they overlook the glaring fact that baseball stats mean nothing, because they are compiled in baseball parks with oddly different dimensions. For example, if Ted Williams had played in New York, he might have hit 200 more homeruns, even in a career cut short by five years of military service. And Joe Dimaggio might have hit 200 more home runs if he had played in Boston. Purism of stats, though, can be discerned in Basketball and Football whose games are played on courts and fields of the same dimension, Boston excepted. As to the legendary Sandy Koufax. That's a myth. Koufax was brilliant for just a few seasons. The best lefthander of all time was legendary Steve Carlton (4100 career strikeouts; 27 wins with a team that won 59, etc.) but his knees were broken by AllMedia that didn't like his political views. Objective analysis is not possible for wordsmiths who worship political correctness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 13, 2002
This book is a good start for baseball fans looking for answers to some of the game's greatest debates. Certainly, this material has been done before, but this version is easy to read for fans not versed in the sport's complex manipulated statistics. There are some small points that are debatable, but that is what makes baseball great.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.