Monday, December 19, 2011

Baseball Book Club

In my last post I mentioned that I wanted to read more baseball books in 2012. After the success of the baseball book draft (both in terms of the fun Jason, Mark and I had as well as the number of comments and e-mails I received after the fact from folks), I think there might be enough interest among folks reading this blog to have an online baseball book club.

Here's my proposal. We take six weeks for each book. Two weeks to choose and acquire, two weeks to read and two weeks to discuss. That gives us eight books over the course of the year and gives us four weeks to play around with in the event we choose to read Art of Fielding or something and need some extra time.

The decision as to what books to read we'll figure out based on the number of participants. If it's a small number, we can alternate choosing. A large number and we'll put it to vote. Or maybe we'll put it to vote regardless. We'll see.

Ideally, I'd like to read books that are readily available to everyone regardless of their preferred method of acquiring and reading. For example, I wouldn't mind reading Mike Sowell's The Pitch That Killed but it would probably require everyone trying to find a used copy through a dealer or something (or heated bidding wars among our members on eBay). Most libraries aren't going to have it and I doubt it is available as an eBook.

That still leaves a lot of books. I think this could be a lot of fun. So how about it? You in?


Rod (Padrographs) said...

I would be up to join in

mrhaverkamp said...

Great idea, enjoyed your book draft from earlier this year and commented. I'm trying to read as many of the Casey Award winners as possible (Spitball mag); maybe an idea for your list. - Jim

Mad Guru said...

Jim and Rod,

Glad to hear of your interest. Casey Award winners were at the top of my list, too, for possibilities. Stay tuned.

jtorrey13 said...

Sorry to be late to the party - stupid holidays. I would be in. Yes, I'm in. I'll even read slow.

Mark A. said...

Count me in. I might not be able to keep up with your pace of reading, but I'll do what I can.