Sabernomics: In Book Form

So what’s the big news? Just last week, I reached a deal with Dutton— an imprint of Penguin—to publish a book that I have been writing for the past year. It should come out spring training of 2007, and we haven’t settled on a title yet.

The book is a series of short chapters on many topics that I might blog about here. Think Freakonomics meets Moneyball. And some of the chapters are extensions of ideas that I have presented here. The blog has been a great place to develop some of my raw ideas. I’ve received a lot of good feedback from you guys, which has clarified my thinking on many issues. The folks at Dutton tell me that Sabernomics was one of the reasons they wanted to sign the book, so I want to thank all of you for reading and commenting.

I’m very excited about finishing up the book over the next few months. Though blogging may continue to be lighter that I would like, it will be better that it has been. As the summer was winding down, I devoted all of my energy to getting the book into presentable shape for publishers, and then I did the shopping. Now that this part is done, I should have more time to devote to blogging, which I don’t get to do as much as I would like.

I want to thank all of you out there for helping to make this possible. I will keep you updated on the book’s progress. I’m looking forward to working with the fantastic folks at Dutton on bringing the book to the shelves.

16 Responses “Sabernomics: In Book Form”

  1. Kevin says:

    Spring training 2007?

    As to the title, ape/honor another title –

    Small is Beautiful – Baseball as if Tactics Mattered.

  2. John W says:

    Excellent news…I’ll be looking forward to it.

  3. Aaron says:

    That’s good stuff. Much of your work here, especially the Mazzone Effect and DIPS masking, deserves to be published. I can only imagine what you’re putting together for your text. I was expecting more journal articles eventually, but a book is even more impressive.

  4. Kyle S says:

    Congrats JC, that’s fabulous news. I can’t wait to read it! Shoot me an email if you ever make it up to DC.

  5. Johnny S says:

    Congrats. Can’t wait to read it.

  6. JC says:

    Thanks guys! A few responses:

    Spring training 2007: Yep, you read that right. The publishing lag for books is quite long. It could be out sooner, but spring training is the best time for a baseball book to hit the market. At least, that’s what they tell me, and I believe them.

    More articles: Don’t worry, there are some on the way. In fact, most of the things I do I present them to several audiences. I’ll post ’em as I write them. I’m hoping to work on a big project over fall break, which should be fun.

  7. Chuck Oliveros says:

    Congratulations, JC. I’ll be looking forward to your book. By the way, given that you had a “Will Jeff Francouer hit .300?” contest, I would love it if you could post his projection for next season as soon as possible.

  8. matty fred says:

    cool! i just came across your site here a couple months ago and really like what you’re writing here. can’t wait for the book!

  9. latnam says:

    Congrats JC! I look forward to reading it. Wish it was sooner, but thems the breaks ‘n stuff.

    Great news.

  10. Kyle says:

    Congratulations, JC! Like the others here, I wish it was coming out sooner, but I’m sure it will be worth the wait.

  11. Ankit says:

    This is great news, congratulations, JC! I am looking forward to reading it.

  12. nevin says:

    Will look forward to it. Have enjoyed your stuff on Braves Journal and Hardball Times, and got a quick thrill from seeing you’re a prof. at Sewanee. Lots of family and friends went there. Congratulations, will do what I can to live til 2007, looking forward to the book.

  13. Dave Metz says:

    Major congrats JC. Still loving the blog and I’m glad you snagged a book deal.

  14. Congratulations JC! I’ll be sure to check that out (and if I’m still working in a bookstore, I’ll be sure to push it on all unsuspecting customers).

  15. Travis Brewington says:

    Hey JC – congrats on the book deal! I’ll let my Mother know when it’s out so she can stock it in her SC bookstore.

  16. SaberTJ says:

    Grats JC!! Can’t wait to read it.