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You Stink!: Major League Baseball's Terrible Teams and Pathetic Players (Kent State Uni Press: Black Squirrel Book) Paperback – May 30, 2012
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Michael Aubrecht has dedicated his studies to the histories of major league baseball teams, the Civil War, and the American Revolution. He has written multiple books, as well as hundreds of articles for publications including Baseball Almanac. He produced the documentary The Angel of Marye s Heights and is vice chairman of the National Civil War Life Foundation.
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A bonus is the Foreword written by none other than Dave Raymond, the original "Phillie Phanatic" mascot. As Dave succintly writes, "Ultimately what you get with You Stink! is the celebration of a sport that gives us more than wins and losses." And that's exactly what the book does - while it gives us a wonderful treatise of the worst the American pastime has yet had to offer, it celebrates the sport in a way no other book has yet done... by presenting the good and the bad in the personalities that keep us glued to the TV or anxious to get into the stadium seat.Read more ›
It would be easy enough for a causal fan to peruse one or more of the many websites offering baseball statistics and say "oh, its obvious why the 1916 Athletics or the 2003 Tigers stunk." Wittenberg and Aubrecht provide some of those statistics, but numbers themselves are not really the focus of the book. The authors go beyond the numbers to show the circumstances of why these awful teams took the field as they did. Sometimes the stories are well known, but many times they are not. Telling the "why" is the strength of the book.
It is worth noting what the book is not. If you are looking for an in-depth, sabermetric analysis of specific players and teams, you will not find that in "You Stink!". In the main, the book relies on batting averages, home runs, RBI and ERA. Currently fashionable statistics like OPS, WAR and WHIP do not appear. I don't consider this to be a drawback: not every baseball book needs to offer that type of discussion, and many hardcore baseball fans I know roll their eyes when I argue that player so and so's high batting average standing alone doesn't show he is a particularly effective hitter.Read more ›
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....Nothing new here if you are a student of Baseball. Dull & Boring as the writer "mocks" out players/teams who did not "perform" adequately between the lines. Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Joe Mugsy
I like the book, but the material has been done better, most notably in On a Clear Day They Could See Seventh Place by George Robinson. Read morePublished on April 20, 2013 by Burton A. Roberts
I was disappointed in this book because it was more of a listing of teams that were bad without any real depth to the discussion of why they were bad. Several teams, like the St. Read morePublished on April 1, 2013 by Ira H. Bernstein