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 #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


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.