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August 4, 2010

Joe's Blog

Welcome Back

by Joe Sheehan

I guess we should reset this…

This blog exists to promote a still-untitled book coming out this fall, my first solo project. The book is a collection of my own Prospectus articles and columns dating to 1996, as well as original material, most notably a chapter devoted to the Mets/Cardinals 20-inning game from April of this year, a game that represented both the joys of being a baseball fan and the agonies of being a baseball analyst in the early 21st century.

Since signing the contract back in January, I have restarted the project twice, once to give it a structure I didn't hate, and once to go over all of my work again to ensure that I've included only the pieces that belong in a book such as this. The good news is that I'm happier today with what the book is than I have been at any time in seven months. The bad news is that I should probably have been there on June 15 or so. I'm behind, there's no way around it.

This isn't a sabermetric tome, but a writer's book, with, as it will turn out, a heavy emphasis on the business of the game and how that has evolved over the last 15 years. It also includes a number of what amounts to mash notes to baseball; it was refreshing, to me, to see that over 15 years of writing, a decade of doing it regularly, my love for baseball seems to come through. If anything, I was more jaded and bitter in 2002, when the economic illiteracy of that year's CBA negotiations drove me to walk away from BP for a little while, than I have ever been since then.

Today, I need your help. This book is still untitled, because I'm horrible at titling things. I'm asking for a brainstorming session, bad ideas, good ideas, ridiculous ideas ("Arrogance: The Joe Sheehan Collection" is the leader in the clubhouse, if that gives you any idea of how deeply in the woods we are on this) are all welcome, and if your idea ends up as the title, you'll be drafted to help me copyedit the gall… no, I'm kidding. However, if we do pick your title BP will tack on six months to your Premium subscription as a thanks.

I'll be posting a bit more frequently in here now, as I work feverishly to meet deadline while also tracking the pennant races and waiver trades, so please check in, use the comments section liberally, and if you're the praying kind, stick me into one, because I will need it.
 

Joe Sheehan is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
Click here to see Joe's other articles. You can contact Joe by clicking here

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RedsManRick

Baseball Prospecting: A Journey Through the Last 15 Years of the National Pastime

Aug 04, 2010 14:52 PM
rating: 1
 
lemppi

Saves and RBI....Oh, How I Love Thee.

Aug 04, 2010 15:05 PM
rating: 3
 
frampton
(870)

Learning Curves. Hmm, see a few novels have already used it, maybe add the colon phrase "15 Years Spent Learning Why I've Always Loved Baseball".

Aug 04, 2010 15:15 PM
rating: 0
 
Yatchisin
(487)

Platooning Ryan Howard, and Other Provocations

Aug 04, 2010 15:23 PM
rating: 2
 
abcjr2

"An Anthology of One"

(Basically a mash of the slogan "An Army of One" and "The Baseball Anthology" -- think of a collection of essays by a disparate group of writers, but here it is a group of essays reflecting many facets of one diamond-obsessed mind.)

Aug 04, 2010 15:36 PM
rating: 0
 
One Flap Down

"Sheehan Things My Way: 15 Years of Iconoclastic Bsaeball Commentary"

or "Sheehan Is Believin'" with the same subhead.

Aug 04, 2010 15:43 PM
rating: 12
 
andyfoy

LOL. These are awesome...

Aug 04, 2010 21:21 PM
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Matt Kory

Sheehan as in Wreck

Aug 04, 2010 15:58 PM
rating: 18
 
BP staff member Joe Sheehan
BP staff
(17)

Daddy likey.

Aug 04, 2010 16:33 PM
 
StatFreak101

Joe is writing a book? Sweet. When can I place my order?

Aug 04, 2010 15:58 PM
rating: 0
 
ChinMusic

"Say It Ain't Joe: Joe Sheehan on the Game and Business of Baseball."

I look forward to this book!

Aug 04, 2010 16:26 PM
rating: 2
 
bflaff1

A Pastime Betrayed? How Obama and the Democrats Are Destroying America's Game

Grab it before Hannity does.

Aug 04, 2010 16:32 PM
rating: 6
 
Joe D.

"A Bold Fresh Piece of Sheehan"

Aug 04, 2010 22:33 PM
rating: 2
 
Meurso

"Economically Literate Pitches"

Aug 04, 2010 17:05 PM
rating: 0
 
braden23

Sheehan's Baseball Perspective

Aug 04, 2010 18:49 PM
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adambennett

A Cuppa Joe

Aug 04, 2010 19:06 PM
rating: -1
 
delugeofgrandeur

Unclogging the Basepaths: 15 Years of Debunking Baseball's Most Inane Commentary

Aug 04, 2010 19:29 PM
rating: 13
 
Saroff

They Shoot Statheads, Don't They? 15 Years of Analyzing Baseball by Joe Sheehan

Aug 04, 2010 20:19 PM
rating: 24
 
BP staff member Joe Sheehan
BP staff
(17)

That'll make the list.

Aug 04, 2010 20:57 PM
 
Wrigleyviller
(883)

Just A Bit Outside: 15 Years As A Profession Baseball Fan

Or maybe change the subtitle, like Views From A Professional Baseball Fan, or something.

Aug 04, 2010 20:48 PM
rating: 2
 
Timothy Mennel

Three True Outcomes: Why I Love, Hate, and Write about Baseball
by Joe Sheehan with Rob Deer

Aug 04, 2010 21:12 PM
rating: 19
 
JosephC

Can't Anybody Here Analyze This Game?

Aug 04, 2010 21:41 PM
rating: 1
 
twinkies25

Ryan Howard is The Best First Baseman in Baseball: And Other Lies That ESPN Told Us.

Aug 04, 2010 21:56 PM
rating: 4
 
BP staff member Dave Pease
BP staff
(2)

great suggestions! please comment rate them accordingly.

I've heard that the maverick publisher of Joe's book thinks industry standard precious dozen-word subtitles are ridiculous.

Aug 04, 2010 22:06 PM
 
Joe D.

"Beer and Tacos: Have Both!"

Aug 04, 2010 22:37 PM
rating: 1
 
mtofias

Baseball Mistakes

Aug 04, 2010 22:46 PM
rating: -1
 
villapalomares

There's Only One Word for It: You Never Know Enough About Baseball

Aug 04, 2010 22:47 PM
rating: -3
 
garethbluejays2

Still crazy after all these years, or, the colour of baseball money.

Aug 04, 2010 23:12 PM
rating: -2
 
fgreenagel2

How I Know What Isn't So

Aug 04, 2010 23:19 PM
rating: 0
 
Mike White

Murray Chass is a Grouchy Dolt & Other Observations.

Aug 04, 2010 23:28 PM
rating: 5
 
Doug Thorburn

"Fewer Strikes, More Balls"

Aug 05, 2010 01:52 AM
rating: 4
 
Richard Bergstrom
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"I miss Joe Sheenan: Fifteen years of Baseball Writing and Reflection"

P.S. A lot of commentators at BP have already uttered that first part.

Aug 05, 2010 02:11 AM
rating: -4
 
Richard Bergstrom

Eh, it's 3am, I meant Sheehan not Sheenan.

Aug 05, 2010 02:12 AM
rating: -1
 
mwball75

The Sixth Tool

Aug 05, 2010 05:20 AM
rating: 3
 
BP staff member Joe Sheehan
BP staff
(17)

We're titling the book, not the author.

Aug 05, 2010 07:17 AM
 
mwball75

That's What He Said

Aug 05, 2010 05:29 AM
rating: 0
 
eliyahu

Peeling the Onion.

(The visual for the cover could be really cool, with a combined onion and baseball, and the "truths" that get discovered the more you peel away the surface and get towards the core.)

Aug 05, 2010 05:29 AM
rating: -2
 
Matthew Avery

I Am Baseball, and So Can You!

Aug 05, 2010 07:23 AM
rating: 6
 
stewbies

Going the Other Way: The Evolution of Baseball

Aug 05, 2010 07:27 AM
rating: 1
 
operatic

No Pepper (except for Joe)

Aug 05, 2010 07:40 AM
rating: -2
 
lemppi

Tuesday's with Torre.

Aug 05, 2010 07:53 AM
rating: 3
 
mwball75

Hello Baseball! Goodbye Logic!

Aug 05, 2010 08:12 AM
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CRP13

You don't need a title. Just use the graphic from the BP homepage, a giant photo of your face on the cover. That's all it really needs, right?

"Say It Ain't So, Joe!"

Reference to the media's attitude towards advanced metrics slowly replacing barbaric ideas like pitcher W-L records, AVG, and RBI.

Aug 05, 2010 08:15 AM
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CJLugo

"Las Penas del Outsider Informado"

Oh, well, that'll qualify for the spanish edition. In any case, I'm looking forward to it, Joe.

Aug 05, 2010 08:32 AM
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russadams

Joe Sheehan: The Missing Link

Aug 05, 2010 09:07 AM
rating: -2
 
lemppi


"Palin's Guide To High Brow Baseball"

Aug 05, 2010 09:08 AM
rating: -3
 
Hank Brockett

Vampires: A VORP Story

Aug 05, 2010 09:35 AM
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BP staff member Joe Sheehan
BP staff
(17)

In that vein:

a book that JUSTIN BIEBER will never read

Aug 05, 2010 10:31 AM
 
ahemmer

"Joe Sheehan's WARPed Mind"

Aug 05, 2010 09:54 AM
rating: -1
 
Jim Ferguson

Intentional Walks: 15 years of baseball analysis and musings

Aug 05, 2010 10:02 AM
rating: 1
 
Jim Ferguson

...or... Intentional Passages, etc...

Aug 06, 2010 21:22 PM
rating: -1
 
Yatchisin
(487)

Funny Moneyball
written by Billy Beane

Aug 05, 2010 10:16 AM
rating: -3
 
antoine6

"Carlos Pena is Better than Ryan Howard, and Other Mistakes in Judgment" by Joe Sheehan.

Aug 05, 2010 11:18 AM
rating: -2
 
Patrick Ferrington

Your Opinion Counts: From newsgroup ranter to influential columnist - 15 years of loving the game.

Aug 05, 2010 12:00 PM
rating: -1
 
Matt

Sheehan on Steroids

Aug 05, 2010 12:46 PM
rating: 0
 
Asinwreck

Balk

Aug 05, 2010 13:08 PM
rating: 1
 
lemppi

The Intentional Mocking of Ruben Amaro.

Aug 05, 2010 13:13 PM
rating: -1
 
Alex Nixon

Baseball Managers Were Put on this Earth to Make Astrologers Look Good: 15 Years of Analysing Inane and Stupid Decisions

Aug 05, 2010 13:22 PM
rating: -1
 
jonjacoby

"Sheehan My Dad Says"
or
"Tuesdays With Torii"

Aug 05, 2010 14:28 PM
rating: -1
 
ClubberLang

Fifteen Years of Joy in Mudville

Aug 05, 2010 14:58 PM
rating: -1
 
ClubberLang

Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro.

Wait, that one's already inexplicably taken by Tim McCarver.

Aug 05, 2010 15:00 PM
rating: 1
 
ClubberLang

One that you obviously can't use but I wish you could:

Baseball For Dummies Like Dusty Baker, Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver

Aug 05, 2010 15:04 PM
rating: 4
 
mark1623

Sheehan Red: Why Everything Joe Morgan Says About Baseball is Wrong

Aug 05, 2010 15:16 PM
rating: 0
 
pobothecat

Everything I Know Is Wrong: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Baseball

Aug 05, 2010 16:31 PM
rating: 0
 
pobothecat

or just ... A Thinking Fan's Guide To Baseball

Aug 05, 2010 16:33 PM
rating: -1
 
pobothecat

Myth Understood: Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Aug 05, 2010 16:46 PM
rating: -1
 
pobothecat

(tried variations on "A Swing and a Myth" but couldn't make it work)

Aug 05, 2010 18:11 PM
rating: -2
 
pobothecat

Truthian Proportions: Baseball's Biggest Lies

Aug 05, 2010 17:04 PM
rating: -1
 
pobothecat

or ... baseball's tru-isms that aren't. (ain't?)

Aug 05, 2010 18:24 PM
rating: -1
 
pobothecat

Smarter Than Avg. --- a fan's guide to the stats, bats and boneheads that changed baseball forever.

Aug 05, 2010 17:56 PM
rating: 6
 
pobothecat

(probably better in the present tense ... "that are changing baseball forever.")

Aug 05, 2010 18:03 PM
rating: -1
 
pobothecat

A Head in the Count: 15 years in baseball's statistical revolution.

Aug 05, 2010 18:17 PM
rating: 0
 
pobothecat

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised: what ESPN, announcers and other so-called experts don't know about baseball could fill a book.

Aug 05, 2010 18:21 PM
rating: 0
 
Dano

From First to Third: One Man's Analytical Journey

Aug 05, 2010 20:18 PM
rating: -1
 
CRP13

Jeezuz pobo...couldn't you have put all million of your entires in one comment?


Also (unrelated), there seem to be a lot of angry Phillies fans around here.

Aug 06, 2010 08:40 AM
rating: 2
 
antoine6

I think it's mostly good-natured ribbing from Phillies fans because Joe likes to take shots at Ryan Howard with every opportunity.

Aug 06, 2010 11:22 AM
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bosoxfan01864

"Who is Bill Pecota? A Compendium of Baseball Articles by No Ordinary Joe"

Aug 06, 2010 09:21 AM
rating: -2
 
Cardinals645

Joe Sheehan: Baseball Reporter WRITER

A Collection of Baseball Analysis


^The 2nd line is optional (as is the first, I guess).

Aug 06, 2010 09:48 AM
rating: -1
 
Joe D.

"The War on Baseball Ignorance"

Aug 06, 2010 22:09 PM
rating: 0
 
McNulty

"Calmer than you are"

Aug 06, 2010 23:55 PM
rating: -1
 
brucegilsen
(999)

Sheehan Madness

Aug 07, 2010 10:01 AM
rating: -1
 
monkeyfly78

"Taking the Fun Out of the Game (By Knowing Stuff About It)"

Aug 07, 2010 11:57 AM
rating: -3
 
jonjacoby

Billy Beane Didn't Write Moneyball and other corrections of Joe Morgan.

Aug 07, 2010 13:47 PM
rating: 0
 
NL2003

1)I like the fact that you are going to the community for the book title.

2)I think a lot of the suggestions are either too clever, or revolve too much on Joe's name.

3)My suggestion is a little more conventional, but still has a baseball/BP/double meaning:
Outside Pitch.

Aug 07, 2010 14:19 PM
rating: 3
 
Sal T

"Blown Leads"


Aug 08, 2010 12:47 PM
rating: 1
 
asstarr1

"Putting the "Anal" in Analysis - A New Look at an Old Game"

Aug 09, 2010 09:36 AM
rating: -1
 
BP staff member Mike Ferrin
Guest Commenter

"The Human Element"

Aug 09, 2010 12:18 PM
 
soBC

He Said, Sheehan Said.

Aug 10, 2010 17:02 PM
rating: -2
 
paperwinner

Joe Blow on the Show!!!

Aug 13, 2010 20:30 PM
rating: -1
 
baserip4

The Other 28 Nights in August

Aug 18, 2010 12:12 PM
rating: 1
 
Aaron Whitehead

It's the Baseball, Idiot

Aug 20, 2010 20:01 PM
rating: 0
 
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