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The Detroit Tigers Reader

I finished The Detroit Tigers Reader this weekend, and was really impressed. It’s gotten to the point to where anything Tom Stanton puts out, I’ll pick up and read. Although he didn’t write this one, he edited it. It’s a collection of news stories about, you guessed it, the Tigers. The stories cover the Tigers 100+ year history and range from a glowing story on Ty Cobb to a more recent column on when Pudge came into town.

One of my favorites was an early Joe Falls article on Norm Cash. There’s a solid story on Kirk Gibson, along with Al Kaline’s and Ernie Harwell’s Hall of Fame acceptance speeches. There’s detailed stories on Micky Lolich, George Kell and Hal Newhouser, amongst others.

For Tigers’ fans, this is a much read. Each story is reasonable in size, ranging from two to ten pages so it’s a nice book to pick up and read when you only have a short period of time. I read the story in chunks and it gives you a nice flavor for each of the eras.

Also, John Sickels’ shipped the latest installment of his 2006 Baseball Prospect Book. I made a point to pick up the older editions, and the books are just fantastic. I’ve never purchased Baseball America’s Prospect Book, so I really have no basis of comparison, but you get a detailed analysis on a ton of prospects. Good stuff, and well worth the price.

I’ve been getting both the Sickels and BA Prospect books the last few years. They complement each other very nicely. Sickels evaluates more on performance while BA is more tools oriented. They are both good books with a lot of information on just about any prospect worth following. If you can only afford one, which one you would get would depend on whether you are looking for a performance based analysis or a tools based analysis.

Posted by Lee Panas on January 31st, 2006 at 10:19 pm

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