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The Cooperstown Casebook: Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques Hardcover – July 25, 2017
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"There is no one whose insights I value more, come Hall of Fame season, than Jay Jaffe. And there is no one whose invention (JAWS) has made my life easier as a voter than Jay Jaffe. He's Bill James and Thomas Edison rolled into one!" ―Jayson Stark, baseball writing legend
"With The Cooperstown Casebook, Jay Jaffe has given us the definitive guide to the greatest players in baseball history, and the Hall of Fame. Smart and a lot of fun, this book reads like some of Bill James's finest work, which is the highest compliment a seamhead who grew up on Bill James can offer." ―Jonah Keri, bestselling author of The Extra 2% and Up, Up, & Away
"Jay Jaffe has revolutionized how we think about not just the Hall of Fame, but about baseball itself. This book taught me much about the Hall of Fame, but it taught me even more about baseball. I am smarter for having read it, and, even better, it's a blast to read." ―Will Leitch, author of Are We Winning? and God Save the Fan, senior writer for Sports On Earth, and founder of Deadspin
"Jaffe pulls no punches here, yet he shares enough pure information to make this nearly indispensable for informed debate." ―Booklist (starred review)
"For those who like to wade into the statistical weeds of baseball – to analyze player performance using today’s advanced metrics – The Cooperstown Casebook delivers." ―The Christian Science Monitor
"Jay Jaffe's The Cooperstown Casebook reminds me so much of vintage Bill James writing, like the New Bill James Historical Abstract, in the best possible way." ―Keith Law, ESPN.com senior baseball writer
About the Author
JAY JAFFE is a contributing baseball writer for SI.com. He is the founder of the Futility Infielder website, one of the oldest baseball blogs, and from 2005-2012 was a columnist for Baseball Prospectus. He has been a recurring guest on MLB Network’s MLB Now and Clubhouse Confidential shows and a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America since 2011. He lives in Brooklyn. The Cooperstown Casebook is his first book.
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Mr. Jaffe is able to combine some basic statistical analysis with a good narrative style along with some funny comments. The first hundred pages has a number of chapters that provide the history, methods, and insights about the hall of fame. The next three hundred pages are evaluations of players in the Hall of Fame and those that are currently eligible or will be eligible soon (Mr. Jaffe also makes the case for people that have been unfairly passed over - Alan Trammel rates high on that list). I'm comfortable saying that there are two great books on the baseball hall of fame: Bill James's "The Politics of Glory" and now "The Cooperstown Casebook." If your favorite player didn't make the cut, Jaffe happily points out that it is because he hates that player, your team, and you.
* that last bit is a joke, but baseball writers get inundated with angry emails and comments about how they hate that particular fans' team
Couple of problems. First is the treatment of Jack Morris' candidacy. I'm not a huge supporter of Morris to get in the HOF. But Jaffe notes that his WAR stats fall short of the JAWS standard. The problem is that Jaffe is only looking at WAR from baseball-reference.com. As another review noted, Morris' WAR from Fangraphs is a quite a bit higher. Jaffe has his JAWS stat tied in with Baseball Reference and mentions Fangraphs only in passing. This would have been an excellent place - and Jaffe easily someone who could handle the job - to discuss the difference in how WAR is calculated from those two websites. Instead, we don't get anything. This could be an oversight. Or, since Jaffe has a relationship with Baseball Reference, it could be something worse, like Jaffe being disingenuous. Whatever the reasoning, it stood out to me and generally weakens the overall argument for cases like Morris, where the numbers from the two methods are far off.
I love WAR and created a draft analysis website based on it. But when it comes to the Hall of Fame and the DH, it seems like some tweaks are needed. For example, Jaffe goes into detail about Edgar Martinez' worthiness of election and notes the difference in WAR-value between Martinez and Griffey was merely a half a run in a seven year period (1995 to 2001) during which Griffey won an MVP, four Gold Gloves and led the AL in dingers three times. This comparison fails in that Griffey missed a large chunk of 1995 after he broke his wrist crashing into the outfield wall trying to make a catch - a on the job hazard that Martinez largely avoided since he played DH. Downplaying Griffey's accomplishments to lift up Martinez fell flat with me. Contextually, how many more games would Martinez have missed over the course of his career if he had to play the field 150+ times per year? Seems like that could be quantified and should be factored in to the discussion.
Couple of other smaller problems. Jaffe and his editors also somehow managed to misspell the name of Puerto Rican baseball pioneer Hiram Bithorn (Birthorn?) in the discussion on Minnie Minoso. The index is also incomplete.
As noted earlier, recommended to fans of baseball and its history.