I was taking a look at some books on to pick some things out for my birthday when I stumbled across the most aptly named book I’ve seen in some time. It’s not that I don’t think the 2006 Detroit Tigers are worthy of a book, but isn’t it a bit early for this book? With the Tigers in the World Series and the book scheduled for an October 30th release, how good can it really be?

Furthermore, I’m not saying you have to judge a book by its length, but at 127 pages, is it really going to cover the ins and outs of this wonderful season? The author, George Cantor, wrote two books I’m very interested in getting. One is about the 1968 Tigers and the other is about the 1984 Tigers, both of which have received some great reviews. Thus, given his history for covering wonderful seasons in Detroit, you have to like him tackling the 2006 season, but I think the timing is just a huge problem.

Speaking of books, if you’re a stat-nerd like myself I heavily recommend the Bill James yearly handbook. Last year was my first time to receive it and I absolutely loved it. It not only serves as an amazing statistical reference for each player, but it has the most in-depth leaderboards on some of the most obscure stats available from the 2006 season. Also, I recommend going for the spiral-bound edition that can purchased by clicking the picture below. I have no vested interest here and won’t receive a nickel for anyone that follows the link, I’m just passing off my heavy recommendation for a great item:

The Bill James Handbook will be available November 1st, 2006.


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