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Baseball's Most Baffling MVP Ballots Paperback – September 20, 2016
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"Expertly researched and written...a fantastic job.... It's a book I'll gladly use as a resource for future projects or read through again"--Mike Lynch, Seamheads
"Ever since Justin Morneau beat out Derek Jeter and a cast of thousands for the MVP, I have been waiting for exactly this book." --Rob Neyer, author of Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball series
"Information packed...loaded with statistics, also features oddities and ironies associated with the prestigious prize...a Best Baseball Book, 2016" --Sports Collectors Digest
"A terrific book...witty, well-researched and well-written...it is one that serious baseball fans must read...5 of 5 stars (Outstanding)" --Lance Smith, The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books
About the Author
Jeremy Lehrman has been a professional speechwriter, ghostwriter, and copywriter for 20 years. He lives in Hoboken, New Jersey.
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As the other reviews have noted, it's very well-written and researched. There's plenty of statistical nuggets throughout, but the book doesn't get bogged down in the data (WAR is the benchmark metric -- I don't personally have much use for it, but I bought the author's explanation as to why it make sense as a way to compare players). It's never dry or academic -- just the opposite: It's smart and insightful and does a wonderful job of making connections across different eras. Other reviewers have used the word "sharp" to describe the book, and I agree. About halfway through the book I realized I looked forward more to the detours and connections between players/personalities than the actual MVP arguments. One chapter begins with an analysis of the 1952 Hank Sauer NL MVP vote, moves into the award's worst "random first-place votes," and somehow winds up giving the reader a wonderful profile of Richards Vidmer, the most interesting sportswriter who ever lived.
The old cliche "Don't judge a book by its cover" really applies here.
You can tell Jeremy's been a professional speechwriter; I'm jealous of his ability to turn a memorable phrase. It is rare that you find an academically sourced book with such a waggish bent, but this topic's the right place for it. Even if you think your opinion is right on every MVP ever, pick this book up for the writing.
One gripe: this book could have used one or two more rounds of editing. There are arguments in one chapter that are summarized in the next chapter as though they hadn't just been argued; a few positions and teams are listed erroneously; and so on. But the content of this book is outstanding, and when paired with Jeremy's writing style it is definitely worth a read. It goes by way too fast.
I really enjoyed the chapters dealing with the obscure: the one-hit wonders (Bobby Shantz, anyone?) and the aging stalwarts (Willie Stargell, anyone?) who often rode the company of their championship clubs to eternal MVP glory.
My one quibble: the author buried many of the book's best jokes and stats in the notes! But I'd still say this book is a must for baseball fans, especially those with a love of baseball's colorful, often checkered, past.
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I ordered the book because I've enjoyed the articles the author posts on his website and baseballthinkfactory. I thought it was excellent.Read more