Stick to baseball, 5/13/17.

My one Insider post this week was my first ‘mock’ draft for 2017, although it’s really too early for that sort of exercise. And I held a Klawchat on Thursday.

Smart Baseball is out now in the U.S. and Canada; you can order it here or get it at any local bookstore. We are working on getting an ebook version out in some international markets, but I can’t promise anything there yet.

I have two signings/talks this week, for which I’m very excited (and a little anxious, to be honest). The first is in Decatur, Georgia (Atlanta area), at the Georgia Center for the Book on Tuesday at 7 pm, and the AJC was kind enough to lead their book events page with a note about my appearance. The second is in Minneapolis at Moon Palace Books on Thursday at 6:30 pm. I hope to meet many of you at these events, both of which are free to attend.

I’ve been asked by many of you about organizing other events. If a bookstore reaches out to Harper Collins to invite me, and I can work it into my schedule, I’m certainly open to doing more. I do have further events scheduled for Toronto, Miami (July 8th), and Berkeley (July 19th), plus am hoping to do signings at GenCon and PAX Unplugged later this year.

I spoke with SUNY-Oswego Professor of Digital Media Brian Moritz about the book, analytics in sports, and being a writer. I joined The Young Turks’ video show to discuss the book and media resistance to advanced stats. I also spoke with ESPN Radio in Dallas, with ESPN 1530 in Cincinnati, and with SI Now about the book & Mike Mussina’s Hall of Fame case.

And now, the links…


  1. If you haven’t already seen it, here’s a good companion to the Rodney King story:

    TL/DR: Teaching the importance of Rodney King to students today is difficult because we see worse on an almost daily basis.

  2. Just FYI, it’s Raul Labrador. I thought conservative former radio host Charlie Sykes had a nice NYT piece about the intellectual rot and dead end of being for Trump primarily because it makes liberals mad:

  3. Keith, mucho kudos on your Twitter reaction to Ian Happ’s debut yesterday:
    “An incident arose from Happ in stance”

  4. I was a little surprised that geography article didn’t mention Llivia.

  5. To be fair, 50 a year is pretty amazing when you work as much as those guys do. 14+ hours a day and family time on top doesn’t leave much.

    • I was being somewhat facetious, because I read 90+ a year and was pretending to look down on 50. I would never actually criticize anyone for his/her reading output.