Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Bronx Banter: DeRosa: About the Errors…

While Mark DeRosa has 74 career errors…Joe DeRosa looks for some in Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding.

A ballplayer could react to a terrible slump in a number of ways. But all of them should be vastly different to a person reacting to the loss of a supernatural gift. A slump usually begins with the wrong mix of flawed mechanics and dumb luck and spirals into Adam Dunn-level tragedy when the player gets trapped inside his own head. Henry’s situation is closer to Prometheus and his gift of fire than it is to Adam Dunn and his buck-fifty batting average.

Because all of the characters ignore this essential difference, the baseball in the book loses integrity – a distraction that I could not tolerate.

I’m sure Harbach has loftier intentions than examining Henry’s fielding ability, but he wrote a book around a baseball team – and from what I can tell, nobody’s been shy promoting it as a baseball book. At the very least, the context of the baseball season should serve as the binder of the story, but since the author doesn’t get the baseball right, the binder dissolves. What’s left is still good enough to carry your interest for a while, but since the baseball is palpably unreal, it taints the other stuff too.

Repoz Posted: October 18, 2011 at 07:35 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: books, reviews, sabermetrics

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 18, 2011 at 09:38 PM (#3967642)
Mark DeRosa only has 74 career errors? Starlin Castro will surpass that by the end of 2013.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
The Id of SugarBear Blanks
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-17-2014
(65 - 11:52pm, Sep 17)
Last: boteman is not here 'til October

NewsblogJays pitcher Stroman suspended 6 games
(3 - 11:49pm, Sep 17)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogWith 8-2 win Tuesday, Orioles clinch first American League East title since 1997
(23 - 11:22pm, Sep 17)
Last: Howie Menckel

NewsblogChris Davis Rescues Man Pinned Under Truck
(43 - 11:20pm, Sep 17)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogUmpire ejects Braves fan for heckling Bryce Harper
(60 - 10:59pm, Sep 17)
Last: Paul Antonissen

NewsblogOT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney
(3003 - 10:58pm, Sep 17)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogWilliam Blake, Color Analyst For the Atlanta Braves
(1 - 10:52pm, Sep 17)
Last: vortex of dissipation

NewsblogPedro pens a letter to Clayton Kershaw
(43 - 10:42pm, Sep 17)
Last: Squash

NewsblogJoe Girardi: ‘Pitch the right way’
(49 - 10:28pm, Sep 17)
Last: GregD

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread, September 2014
(264 - 10:03pm, Sep 17)
Last: frannyzoo

NewsblogRudman: Clutch hitting the key to Mariners’ playoff hopes
(9 - 9:35pm, Sep 17)
Last: Baldrick

NewsblogOT: September 2014 College Football thread
(249 - 9:10pm, Sep 17)
Last: Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)

NewsblogOT: NBC.news: Valve isn’t making one gaming console, but multiple ‘Steam machines’
(830 - 8:43pm, Sep 17)
Last: TFTIO is familiar with the work of Pablo Neruda

NewsblogBowman: A year’s worth of struggles leads reason to wonder what changes are in store for the Braves
(53 - 8:41pm, Sep 17)
Last: Brian White

NewsblogBryan Cranston’s One-Man Baseball Play Inspired By ‘Looney Tunes’ Is Incredible
(68 - 7:13pm, Sep 17)
Last: winnipegwhip

Page rendered in 0.1872 seconds
52 querie(s) executed