His newest epic, "Solid Fools Gold" encompasses a wide range of features, demonstrating his mercurial mind. Branching now and again away from the baseball analysis, he touches on rules for Olympic NASCAR Racing (with tongue in cheek), the chances of Wichita producing another William Shakespeare and "how to battle expertise with the power of ignorance."
And there is plenty of baseball, too:
Hot Pitchers, clutch pitching and "late career" players The predictably of RBI A better way to organize the minor leagues The 33 best starting rotations and the worst teams of all time The best pitching matchups of the 1960s and 2010 How the "Expansion Time Bomb" will effect the Hall of Fame.In addition, James wonders how Buck O'Neil would have related to his bigoted cousin, Supreme Court Justice James Clark McReynolds, becomes poetic about Ricky Weeks and WickiLeaks, imagines Roger Maris apologizing in heaven for having beaten Babe Ruth's single-season home run record.
As a bonus, there are special selections from Bill James Baseball Abstract 1983 titled, "The Law of Competitive Advantage" and how it looks at how it has held up over the intervening years.
Bill James is the Senior Advisor for Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox and the Author of Bill James Handbook and Popular Crime. He lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and writes regularly at BillJamesOnline.com.
If you are a James addict, you can't do without this book. If you haven't read him, this is an excellent introduction to his remarkable mind.
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