Book Report #10-12


Book #10-12                               Words:102960                                       


Title: Big Data Baseball                                               Author: Travis Sawchik                                  


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:  Non-Fiction       



  • Opening Sentence: He believed in fearing nothing, respecting everything.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: Four-seam fastballs were the traditional go to pitch for Major League Pitchers.




  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: PitchFX

    PITCHf/x is a pitch tracking system, created by Sportvision, and is installed in every MLB stadium since around 2006. This system tracks the velocity, movement, release point, spin, and pitch location for every pitch thrown in baseball, allowing pitches and pitchers to be analyzed and compared at a detailed level. Two mounted cameras in each stadium are used to track each pitch and establish the each aforementioned aspect.





  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: While reading this book, I would pause at various moments and comprehend the intense amount of detail that was being given out. This book talked about how a low market baseball club was able to fight their way to their first playoff berth in 22 years by using sabermetrics to analyze and find hidden talents in players.

Book #8


Book Equivalent #9-10             Words: 50,000                                             

 Title: Baseball America Prospect Handbook 2015                                                            Author: Baseball America Co.                                


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:  Non-Fiction     



  • Opening Sentence: For the fourth year in a row, Baseball America has assigned Grades and Risk Factors for each and every one of the 900 prospects in the Prospect Handbook.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: Alex Jackson was the top prep bat in the draft, offering plus bat speed, an advanced approach and above-average contact ability.




  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: Tantalizing – torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.




  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: This book was pleasant to read because every organization was broken down into sections of the book, making it easier to comprehend the data given.






Book Report #7


Book Equivalent #8-9                            Words:  N/A                                            


Title:                                                            Author: Various                                  


Genre ~ Non-Fiction         




  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

The Seattle Mariners have re-signed Franklin Gutierrez to a one year deal.




  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: I have continued to read many online websites that contain short stories. I enjoy reading the short stories because they are quicker to read and they have a lot of information on current events.







Book Report #6


Book Equivalent #  7-8                                       Words: 89600                                   

 Title:  The Book – Playing the Percentages in Baseball  

Author: T. Tango, M. Lichtman, A. Dolphin                                 


Genre ~ Non-Fiction



  • Opening Sentence:

The biggest player on the field makes the slow walk from the on-deck circle to the batter’s box. 


  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: As the game goes on, the hitter has a progressively greater advantage over the starting pitcher.




  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: wOBA In baseball, wOBA (or weighted on-base average) is a statistic, based on linear weights, designed to measure a player’s overall offensive contributions per plate appearance.




  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

 This has been my favorite book so far because the authors’ knowledge of sabermetrics helps him make the book very interesting. In the future, I look forward to reading more books from the authors’. 





Book Report #5


Book Equivalent # 5-7                                       Words:   118000                                             

Title:   So You Think You Know Baseball ?                        Author: Peter E. Meltzer                                  


Genre ~ Non-Fiction      



  • Opening Sentence: On June 7, 1938 the Indians and Red Sox  met at Fenway Park.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence: In 1963, Jimmy …………. He ran the bases backwards.




  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: Catcher’s Balk – If, with a runner on third base trying to score by means of a squeeze play or steal, the catcher steps in front of home base without possession of the ball, or touches the batter or the bat, the pitcher shall be charged with a balk (“catcher’s balk”), the batter shall be awarded first base on the interference




  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

 I really enjoyed this book because this book can be used and applied into life whenever I’m watching a game or playing a game. Although, some parts of the book was challenging, I was able to comprehend it through using the visuals provided in some pages.





Book Report #4

Book # 4-5 Words: N/A  Title:      Author: Various          Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non-Fiction        


Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: As a huge baseball fan, I enjoy reading articles about teams, players, trades, rumors e.t.c. I hope to continue my passion of reading not just through sports books but through Fiction books.


Book Report #3

Book #3-4   Words:25920   Title: Hostages   Author:  L.B. Taylor                       Genre ~ Non-Fiction

Opening Sentence: In looking back on it, suspicion should have been aroused when the four swarthy young men boarded the luxury cruise ship Achille Lauro at Genoa, Italy, on October 3, 1985. 

Favorite word / phrase / sentence: The governments of some countries, such as Israel, stand firm and publicly declare they will not meet any terrorist demands.

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: Volatile – liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: This book was able to mix the perspectives of Hostage Negotiators, former hostages, hostage takers, and many reliable sources to make this book a thriller. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in learning about the behind the scenes of Hostage situations. 

Book Report #2

Book Equivalent # 2-3   Words:32022   Title: The Island Keeper    

Author Harry Mazer        Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction:    

Opening Sentence: Cleo Murphy was late boarding the flight from Chicago to New York because Eric Weiser, her father’s secretary, insisted on coming in with her and carrying her bags to the American Airlines booth even though she could handle her two suitcases better than he could.

Favorite word / phrase / sentence: I believe I have something valuable on Duck Island.

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition: Shawl Noun a piece of fabric worn by women over the shoulders or head or wrapped around a baby.

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response: I was able to visualize the events that were happening throughout the story very clearly. I liked how the author used many cliff hangers at the end of the chapters as it kept me from closing the book and made me want to keep on reading until the book eneded.

Book Report


Book Equivalent #  1-2       Words: 113,544                   Date: August 24


Title: The Baseball Codes                          Author: Jason Turbow                           


Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non-Fiction     

   Opening Sentence: With apologies to Joe Carter, the most memorable moment of the 1993 baseball season didn’t even happen while a ball was in play.

Favourite word / phrase / sentence: The pitcher has to find out is the hitter in timid, and if he is timid, he has to remind the hitter he’s timid. – Don Drysdale

Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

Orbital bone – Bone right  below the eye

Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

This book was more of an informative book rather than a book with a storyline. I was able to connect to the book as the author wrote solutions to baseball plays that I could relate to. I can use the answers to help me in my baseball career.