One of the Best Baseball Books Ever,
This review is from: Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting (Paperback)
For the baseball fan interested in all angles, this is required reading. Written well before "Moneyball," it gives a more balanced view of what scouting entails and presents scouts in a much more favorable light than Lewis' book. Too much of recent baseball discussion, especially for the casual fan, has become an either/or of the Dark Ages vs. The Enlightenment when the various schools for thought on finding and developing baseball talent should be viewed as complementary tools geared toward building a winning team.
"Dollar Sign on the Muscle" gives a very good account of what being a scout is all about. A number of the stories from the older, pre-draft scouts are truly amazing tales of trying to find baseball talent.
On my list of favorites, I'd put Kerrane's book right next to John Helyar's "Lords of the Realm." While I didn't particularly like Michael Lewis' extra helpings of snark in "Moneyball," it too should be required reading for baseball fans of all stripes.