The Cooperstown Casebook: Who’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques

THE COOPERSTOWN CASEBOOK               JAY JAFFE

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Cooperstown, is far from any major media market or big league stadium. Yet no sports hall of fame's membership is so hallowed, nor its qualifications so debated, nor its voting process so dissected.

Since its founding in 1936, the Hall of Fame's standards for election have been nebulous, and its selection processes arcane, resulting in confusion among voters, not to mention mistakes in who has been recognized and who has been bypassed. Numerous so-called "greats" have been inducted despite having not been so great, while popular but controversial players such as all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and all-time hits leader Pete Rose are on the outside looking in.

Now, in The Cooperstown Casebook, Jay Jaffe shows us how to use his revolutionary ranking system to ensure the right players are recognized. The foundation of Jaffe's approach is his JAWS system, an acronym for the Jaffe WAR Score, which he developed over a decade ago. Through JAWS, each candidate can be objectively compared on the basis of career and peak value to the players at his position who are already in the Hall of Fame. Because of its utility, JAWS has gained an increasing amount of exposure in recent years. Through his analysis, Jaffe shows why the Hall of Fame still matters and how it can remain relevant in the 21st century.
 

PAT'S REVIEW


Like everyone today this book is filled with the analytics side of the game. This has gotten very popular since a book by Bill James. The author also goes through the different areas and how and why some players are in when some are not. He also looks at the veterans committee and how they elected some of the players. When it is all said and done it is still not fair. There are some men who should be in and some who are in that should not be in for whatever reason. I do agree with the author that voting and the way it is handled needs to be updated. I also hope that any true baseball is able to visit the Hall of Fame for it is truly a site to see. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting it and am wanting to go back. This book is a great conversation piece. I got this book from Netgalley.com I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com

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