2016 Brings a Wealth of New Books by Baseball Greats

Every spring, as the sound of bats cracking into balls and the scents of hot dogs and popcorn waft out of stadiums from Florida to Arizona, the new year’s entries into the library of baseball hit the presses. There are previews, and biographies, statistical analyses and histories, all focused on ‘America’s Pastime,” and headed for shelves, and eBook readers across the nation.

Everyone from former managers, beat reporters, and even best-selling authors like Stephen King have provided words to help span those bleak moments between the last pitch of one day’s game, and the first of the next. This year’s crop of new titles includes a surprising number of titles by active players, managers, and celebrities, so without further ado, my list of the best…

How to Win Friends and Influence Players – by Jonathan Papelbon

The Long Ball – My Quest for the Silver Slugger – by Bartolo Colon

They Brought the Hotdogs; I Brought the Heat – by Dan Haren

The Right Stuff – Why My Team is Better than Yours – by Mike Matheny

There Were Bees on My Hat! – by Jonathan Herrera

Network Security and Strong Passwords – by Christopher Correa

I Can’t Hit the Broadside of a Bat – by Jake Arrieta

Batman vs. Thor: Why the Dark Knight Wins  – by Matt Harvey

Lions & Tigers and Mimes – Oh My – by Joe Maddon

Lessons in Contractual Negotiation: How to Get What You’re Really Worth – by Jose Bautista

Flaxseed: Nature’s Untapped Source of StrengthBarry Bonds

Never Bet on Your Own Team – by Pete Rose

There is Crying in Baseball – by Wilmer Flores

How do You Build a Winning team; No, SERIOUSLY, How? – by Jack Zdureincik

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