Whether you’re a Washington, DC-area resident or a visitor who will be in town for the All-Star Futures Game, you’re invited to the great Politics and Prose Bookstore on Saturday, July 14 at 6 pm, where ESPN’s Keith Law and I will discuss and sign our respective books, Smart Baseball (William Morrow, 2017, now out in paperback) and The Cooperstown Casebook (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017). During my years at Baseball Prospectus, I was part of half-a-dozen bookstore events at P&P, and they always drew great crowds for engaging discussions and enjoyable interactions with readers, and I have no doubt that this event will deliver the same.
As a prospect-focused senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider, a former member of the Toronto Blue Jays’ front office, and an alumnus of Baseball Prospectus, Keith is uniquely positioned to explain the evolution of talent evaluation within baseball and to examine the trends that are shaping the field in the 21st century. Whether you’re a long-time stathead or a newcomer to this little corner of the game, you’ll enjoy his book (full title Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball) and you can order a signed, personalized copy ahead of time here.
The Cooperstown Casebook is the culmination of a decade and a half of my research and writing about the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum — the forces that shaped the Hall and its honorees, and the battles to recognize and honor the game’s greats and its history, with an emphasis on how advanced statistics have changed our understanding of what makes a Hall of Famer. You can read plenty more about the book here and at my publisher’s page as well as Paul Swydan’s review, and there’s an exceprt from my chapter about Bert Blyleven and Jack Morris here. To order a signed, personalized copy to pick up at the event, click here.
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Politics & Prose Bookstore
Saturday, July 14, 6 pm
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Brooklyn-based Jay Jaffe is a senior writer for FanGraphs, the author of The Cooperstown Casebook (Thomas Dunne Books, 2017) and the creator of the JAWS (Jaffe WAR Score) metric for Hall of Fame analysis. He founded the Futility Infielder website (2001), was a columnist for Baseball Prospectus (2005-2012) and a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated (2012-2018). He has been a recurring guest on MLB Network and a member of the BBWAA since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @jay_jaffe.