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Postby Madison » Wed Feb 22, 2006 1:55 am

Arlo wrote:Funny you should mention this - I'm in the middle of reading this, and a review will be up in the Point of View section in the near future... :-)



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LooseCannon wrote:You think they'd have this at a library :-B :-° !+)

Well, it hasn't been released yet... ;-)



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Advance copy? Lucky man. ;-D
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Postby baseball6791 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:34 pm

AcidRock23 wrote:Our libraries (Champaign-Urbana, so we have two, really 2.5 as they are building a new one...) usually run several months behind the publishing industry and new releases are on 'rental' status ($1/ week) when they are first released as well. Anything popular like that will end up w/ holds on it for a while too so you are generally better off to buy anything that feeds a sick compulsion like fantasy ball.

Now that I know he dropped $50K to play, I won't feel guilty about buying Forecaster and Prospectus and FantasyLand though...I have been reading baseball books for a month or so now, while planning for drafts. 3 Nights in August is awesome, even if its written from the wrong point of view...


I didn't really like Three Nights in August for some reason. For a book of a similar type I preferred Pure Baseball by Keith Hernandez...
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Postby abstractpoet » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:00 am

I know this is an old thread, but I just finished reading Fantasyland. What a great book; any fantasy baseball nut's wet dream. Has anyone else read it?

Just a quick recap for those who haven't heard of it--the author, Sam Walker, is a sportswriter for the Wall Street Journal. Never having played rotisserie baseball before, he decides to compete in Tout Wars, the pinnacle of expert leagues. Along the way, he hires a NASA mathematician and a "scout", spends $50,000 or so (as someone mentioned) and ends up using his press pass to "manage" the actual players on his roto squad and plea to the actual managers to give his guys more playing time.

Highly recommended.
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Postby stevethumb » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:17 am

abstractpoet wrote:I know this is an old thread, but I just finished reading Fantasyland. What a great book; any fantasy baseball nut's wet dream. Has anyone else read it?

Just a quick recap for those who haven't heard of it--the author, Sam Walker, is a sportswriter for the Wall Street Journal. Never having played rotisserie baseball before, he decides to compete in Tout Wars, the pinnacle of expert leagues. Along the way, he hires a NASA mathematician and a "scout", spends $50,000 or so (as someone mentioned) and ends up using his press pass to "manage" the actual players on his roto squad and plea to the actual managers to give his guys more playing time.

Highly recommended.
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Postby avsfan4ever33 » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:38 am

I think I read an exert of this in SI... a part about Doug Mienciwitz (sp?) and his trade rumors, with eventual trade to Boston.

I'll be getting this book.
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Postby Cleveland Steamers » Thu Mar 23, 2006 1:26 am

I read it as well, very good. Not only infomative but very entertaining. Does anyone know of any other GREAT baseball books worth reading?
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Postby 3 run homer » Thu Mar 23, 2006 12:22 pm

ehhh, I think I'll wait for the movie/DVD ;-D
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Postby jzfran » Thu Mar 23, 2006 3:51 pm

I'll be getting this book. I read the SI excerpt and saw the guy intereviewed on Cold Pizza, and it looks like a good read.
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Postby AcidRock23 » Sun Mar 26, 2006 11:30 am

I got through this last week and it was QUITE entertaining. Having played through the season myself, w/ some very similar issues...eg José Guillen and Sidney Ponson, I could really get into it. Some of his picks made me go 'what the heck is he doing?' but overall it was a very enjoyable read. I hope he does a sequel where he explains how he won the next year. This gets a big thumbs up.

Re other baseball books, I'd suggest Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons as pretty interesting, stuff I was sort of aware of about camera angles and how they broadcast the game I'd not run into anywhere else. The Ted Williams bio that came out last year was very interesting. Also David Halberstam's October 1964 is a pretty interesting read, although it is PAINFUL reading so much detail about the Lou Brock deal... :~( :-D
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