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"Rob Neyer is the best of the new generation of sportswriters. He knows baseball history like a child knows his piggy bank. He knows how to pick it up and shake it and make what he needs fall out." - Bill James

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Rob Neyer has written about baseball for ESPN.com since 1996 and appears regularly on ESPNews. He has written four baseball books, including The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers (with Bill James) and Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups. His website, www.robneyer.com, contains additional material related to this and his other books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; First edition (June 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743284917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743284912
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Neyer's book of baseball blunders is sure to please any baseball fan with a sense of history.
Barry Sparks
Fair enough, this could also be a good book if the opinions were interesting or eye-opening... but they're really not.
ERIC M HUYNH
I can't knock Neyer for not going into elaborate detail, because that's not really what this book is about.
Philip Higa

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Craig VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
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Given the title, one might think that this is a book where Neyer spends 250 pages criticizing boneheaded decisions, but it's not. Instead, Neyer takes the time to examine about 50 blunders, taking the time to analyze each decision instead of simply pointing fingers at those making the blunder.

While the first blunder examined took place in 1917, this book is heavily weighted towards modern times. Only 15 take place before 1960, and almost half take place after 1970. Each incident is given about 4-7 pages of analysis, and many of the entries include side stories that Neyer includes in the margins. Many of the entries will be very familiar to baseball fans - the selling of the Babe, the trade of Roger Maris, and the Bagwell-Andersen deal. There are, however, many that aren't nearly so famous, like Tom Runnells' decision to shift Tim Wallach across the diamond, or the Pirates' benching of Kiki Cuyler during a stretch run. It's a good mix that Neyer has created.

Along with the regular entries, there are several "interludes" to break things up, including a couple about bad trades, and a funny entry about managers who never should have been in that position.

Neyer is, in my opinion, the most improved baseball writer over the past several years. He's always been a brilliant baseball mind, but now he seems to have found his touch as a writer. This book is enjoyable not only because of the cases he chooses to discuss, but also because of his style. There's plenty of analysis, some good humor, and little in the way of ridiculing or finger-pointing, which would have been easy to do in such a book.

An excellent book, and it's tough to beat the price. I'd recommend it for any baseball fan, even if not everything in here is new to you.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Pedro Villarroel on May 6, 2006
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This one is very well written baseball book about some very famous and some not so famous decisions made throughout the history of the game. As a baseball fan, and I think you would have to be one too to really enjoy this book, I was looking forward to read about recent blunders , things that I had witnessed in my lifetime or be familiar with, so when I saw that it started with the 1917 Chi Sox swapping firstbasemen I thought I wouldn't enjoy it that much. Well, wrong I was, that first story set the tone of the book and from then on I just couldn't put it down until I finished it.

One of the stories that touched me more was the one about the Oakland A's pitching staff of the early 80's. As an A's fan I clearly remember the Billy Ball era, the A's had a great starting rotation (Norris, Keough, Langford, Kingman, McCatty) and Billy Martin had them pitched some 96 complete games in 1980, after the strike shortened season of 1981 these 5 guys just disappeared from baseball , all of them plagued with arm injuries, undoubtly they had paid the price for all those complete games for an Oakland team that finished 83-79 that year, in a far second place from Kansas City.

This is a great book from Rob Neyer, you won't regret to get it
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on January 26, 2007
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This is a pretty fast, enjoyable read. Nothing too earthbreaking and you will be familiar with lots of the more recent entries, but it's still a lot of fun. While you may quibble with some of the chapters (was the Cubs hiring Dusty Baker REALLY one of the biggest blunders in baseball history?), it's well researched and insightful.

I especially liked the interludes about bad drafts (all the teams that passed on Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens for "sure things" you've never heard of) and the chapters on unqualified managers (the chapter on Maury Wills bumbling with the Mariners is hilarious). A lot of the chapters have a theme of "no one could have known how good "X" would turn out to be," which gets a little repetitive, but overall this is a fine addition to your baseball library.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Peters64 on July 17, 2006
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If you've been a baseball fan for 20 or more years, many of the blunders will sound very familiar, no new ground broken. On the other hand, if you're a rookie, you may find it very enjoyable. I appreciated Neyer's placing certain transactions in their proper context, especially the Brock trade, for which the Cubs have never been forgiven. Neyer, however, sorts outs all the facts and the trade, at that time, was about equal. Later on, with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, the media blew it way out of proportion while conveniently ignoring the proper context of this deal. The use of win shares in analyzing selected transaction adds a new insight into the long range evaluation of whom got the edge in trades. A bunch of blunders are given real short treatment and one wonders why the author even bothered to include them. There were two baseball history errors in this book, which are inexcusable, especially by such an authority as Neyer. Curt Simmons is described as a right-handed starter while Dale Murray is listed as a left-handed reliever...now that's careless research. In brief, if you a veteran baseball fan, you could pass on this one; however, if you value win shares, you may enjoy its application to certain trades.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Richard L. Goldfarb on September 22, 2006
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On the one hand, you have the Baseball Encyclopedia, which is an argument ender. On the other hand, you have, say, one of the Bill James Abstracts, which begins "let's start the arguin'". This book is in between.

The best parts are when Neyer is revisiting well-known "bad trades" of all time, such as Jay Buhner for Ken Phelps, giving them context and often reaching conclusions different from the conventional wisdom. The worst parts are when he focuses on a single game or a single player as being the reason a particular team did or did not succeed; it's simply unconvincing. Yes, that .220 light-hitting shortstop might have used up a lot of outs, but the guy on the bench may or may not have had a hangnail and couldn't play; Neyer doesn't do enough research to tell us.

Also fun are the lists of bad managers. I must admit when I read them, I wondered out loud, "where is Maury Wills?" only to discover he had his own chapter (someone should write a whole book about it). And the list of bad draft choices (though the Phillies picking J.D. Drew and passing on Troy Glaus might have had something to do with Scott Rolen, a point Neyer misses) is also fun; the basic idea is that no one in baseball knows anything.

The highlight, to me at least, is the discussion of Spike Eckert, and all the silly decisions that went into his being appointed and his tenure as commissioner. We do have to give the Lords of Baseball this, though: they did get rid of him.
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