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    Because It’s Good For You: Rob Neyer

    15th November 2009

    This is the first installment of a weekly column named, “Because It’s Good For You”. The premise of the column is to highlight a person or resource each week that I see of exceptional value. This week I start with ESPN Senior Baseball Writer, Rob Neyer.

    It’s hard to place a value on what ESPN’s Rob Neyer has brought to fans of baseball’s analytical side. It’s fair to say that there are a legion of burgeoning sabermetricans due to his work. You have to look at Neyer as the gateway drug to Bill James; he’s made the complex digestible for years now on ESPN.com, and now through his companion blog, Sweetspot.

    But, beyond the ESPN work, his “Big Book” series of publications have been entertaining reading on every level. Whether it has been Baseball Legends, or Lineups, or Blunders, which I was honored to have an essay in, they’re a great addition to your bookshelf.

    Beyond the “Big Book” series, there’s The Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers, with, yes, Bill James. Or, Baseball Dynasties, and if you really want to dig in, click through Rob’s personal website.

    Beyond all of this, Rob’s been as approachable as one can get. He’s been interviewed by many across the blogsphere, and this author as done so not, once, not twice, but several times (here, and here ,as well) .

    So, do yourself a favor, because it’s good for you… Make Sweetspot a daily stop. And pick up one of Rob’s books. Your brain will thank you for it.



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