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Get a free sneak preview of a cool book about the Tampa Bay Rays

Jan 11, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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Friend of HardballTalk Jonah Keri has a book coming out about the Tampa Bay Rays soon. It’s called “The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First.” I’ve seen parts of it and what I’ve seen is excellent.

Though it won’t be available to the general public for a little while — you can pre-order here — you too can see parts of it now, as Jonah has a free preview up,  including Mark Cuban’s foreword and the prologue. I haven’t read the foreward yet.  I kind of hope Cuban goes nuts on Jonah like he’s a ref or something and then offers a passive-aggressive endorsement of the book like he does to the NBA on his blog.  That would be cool.

I don’t give a ton of plugs out around here, but this is a worthy one. Jonah is an excellent writer and I think it’s a book that’s really going to advance our understanding of how baseball teams — particularly low-revenue baseball teams — go about their business. So please, check it out.

  1. thelucasjj - Jan 11, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I am a fan of Johnah’s writing and excited about the book.

    People should also check out Jonah’s podcast which can be found at his website. He covers a variety of things, but does a lot of baseball. His HOF coverage a couple weeks back was very good, and Craig was even a guest back in early December (Episode 6).

    • ulrik3 - Jan 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

      Plus, he’s Canadian. And Canadians are the nicest people on earth.

      • billybeaneismyhero - Jan 11, 2011 at 9:56 PM

        Agreed. Last time I was in Toronto, my buddy said to me, “You know, the entire time we’ve been here, we haven’t been privy to a single obnoxious person. It’s been a nice change.”

        That night we went to the Blue Jays-Yankee game where two Canadian 20 year olds decided they were going to heckle Melky Cabrera, of all people. They were so obnoxious that two groups asked to be moved, and the couple next to us finally got the two hosers escorted out by members of the police.

        Other than that, you’re absolutely right. There’s always a few bad eggs in the bunch.

  2. billybeaneismyhero - Jan 11, 2011 at 9:53 PM

    Is it wrong that this book has been my list of books to buy for like four months now? I’m dying to read it!

  3. jbartlett79 - Jan 12, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Perfect timing — I am always looking for a book to pre-order along with Baseball Prospectus on Amazon this time of year so I can get free shipping. At $31.25 for the pair, BP2011 and Jonah’s new book will give me something to read all the way until opening day.

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