It started with Sam Miller's blog post Names of Baseball Men as Recorded In Dollar Sign On The Muscle, published earlier this month. For years, I've been wanting to get my hands on a copy of Dollar Sign On The Muscle, Kevin Kerrane's seminal 1984 book about the world of baseball scouting, which was named one of the five best baseball books by the The Wall Street Journal. My partners and friends at Baseball Prospectus have long said nothing but good things about it while lamenting how difficult it was to obtain, as Ben Lindbergh did last April. The book was long out of print, the secondary market was a little hot for my pocketbook, and I'm a chronic underutilizer of the library system (which was often short of copies itself, depending on the area).
But after the most recent wave of positive comments about the book that Sam's blog post inspired, rather than mope over the secondary market listings one more time, I decided to investigate why a book that sells for $50 used has been out of print for so long. Through the magic of the Internets, we were able to get in touch with author Kevin Kerrane, and I'm happy to announce that Prospectus Entertainment Ventures has reached an agreement with Kerrane to bring a revised, updated edition of Dollar Sign on the Muscle to bookshelves, e-readers, and computers everywhere in 2013. We'll have more news about its availability, as well as more background on the book, in the coming weeks. But for now, we hope you'll be as excited about the new edition's impending arrival as we are.