“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: “Why should I read? Reading is stupid.” But it’s really not. It’s good for the brain and well books offer much more than TV. There is a world of knowledge in books and it’s also free since there are things called libraries. Before I end up going on a long rant about how people need to read more, here are the five best baseball books every player should read.
5. “The Bad Guys Won: A Season of Brawling, Boozing, Bimbo-chasing, and Championship Baseball” – Jeff Pearlman
This book. There are no words for it. This book is hands down amazing. Many baseball books talk about what baseball is about on the field. Instead, Pearlman takes an interesting turn and focuses on the off-field antics of the 1986 Mets. They were the grittiest team of that generation and the stories in this book explain why.
4. “Throwback” -Jason Kendall
Some people need to know what the real side of baseball is like. Others want to understand baseball in general. This book is perfect for both people because Kendall was a big league catcher and understands the ins and outs (pun intended) of baseball. He talks about the complexities and the simplicities that come with playing big league baseball.
3. “Blockade Billy” – Stephen King
Stephen King is a huge baseball fan and a very well-known horror writer. He mixes the two perfectly to make one of the best fictional baseball stories I have ever read. “Blockade Billy” is about a mysterious catcher that comes into the MLB for a team that has been wiped out of the record books for the horrible things he committed on and off the field.
2. “The Baseball Codes” – Jason Turbow
I’ve read many books that attempt to explain the complexity that is the “Unwritten rules of baseball.” This book is the only one that has not failed miserably. Turbow seamlessly weaves story and opinion together to efficiently explain what the codes are all about. Not many people understand what the codes actually are and this helps. Going into college, I didn’t really know what the codes were all about and then I picked up this book. It gave me an insight into how to play the game correctly and how to respect not only the game, but also the competition.
- “The Bullpen Gospels” – Dirk Hayhurst
This is, hands down, the best book about baseball I have ever read. It’s about a career minor-leaguer’s struggle with the game and his mindset while on the mound. Hayhurst paints a picture of what minor-league baseball is all about; struggle. A must read for any baseball fan or player looking to go to the next level.Now, go have fun and read a damn book.