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2.0 out of 5 stars What a disapointment., February 9, 2000
This review is from: Men at Work (Paperback)
I put down "Men At Work" with a profound sense of disappointment. I passionately love the sport of baseball. There is no feeling quite like sitting in the stands on a hot summer night and watching two teams play nine innings. I passionately love books about baseball- David Halberstam's "October 1964" being the favorite of the genre. I liked Will's 1998 follow up to this book, which was published in 1990. But I did not like "Men At Work". Here's why-
"Men At Work" reads like a tech manual. Hit, run, pitch, field. Okay fine, but when one distills baseball into such an exact science the passion leaves the game. "Men At Work" makes baseball into a game of economics- put in pitcher W against hitter X because he has a Y-to-Z ratio between his groundball outs and flyball outs . . . This is not why I love baseball.
Also, after a while Will's observations become redundant. George we spent fifty pages learning about the strategy employed by Tony Gwynn in hitting, why do we have to read twenty pages recapitulating the same things from Wade Boggs?
If you want to read a good baseball book, read "October 1964" or "Bunts". Don't read "Men At Work".
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Initial post: Oct 8, 2011 1:10:42 PM PDT
E says:
Be happy sitting in the stands. Obviously, detailed insight into something you're passionate about is beyond you. This was a terrific book and though written years before Moneyball was even a gleam in Billy Bean's eye, it is more comprehensive and includes the human side of the game as well as the technical side. I only write this response since your erroneous and childish take on this book pops up on the front page of this books "customer review". The passages about Tony Larussa and the quotes from Willie Stargell are beautifully moving as well as insightful.

You sound like a guy who would rather watch the Pepsi Field of Dreams commercial and take that as literal baseball, than challenge yourself to gain any realistic insight. Your review is unfair and without merit.

Posted on May 28, 2013 9:01:39 PM PDT
I thoroughly disagree. "Men at Work" gave some powerful insights and helped me enjoy watching baseball. However, thanks for the reference to "Bunts" and "October 1964".

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 1:15:05 AM PDT
Okemos56 says:
In 2015, Will can be considered to be something of a forerunner. Advanced statistics is everything today. Some of us love statistics; Some of us don't. Both are okay. Of the many unfortunate comments found about this book, the one by E below is one of the most unfortunate because your review is perfectly reasonable. Your review helped me even though I disagree with it now. Thank you.
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