Friday, July 29, 2011

All About Waivers

This weekend is the MLB non-waiver trading deadline. But what are "waivers"? Here's an explanation taken from my new book, The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition (available now).

A waiver is a permission granted to a team that wants to assign or release one of its veteran players who has been on a team’s 40-man roster for at least three years. Basically, there are two types of waivers: waivers for the demotion of a player to the minor leagues and waivers for the unconditional release of a player. In both cases, waivers are granted only after all the other teams have the chance to claim the player but none has done so. After receiving unconditional release waivers, a player becomes a free agent.

This is also the system by which players can be claimed in trades during the period from August 1 the end of the season. Team A wants to trade a player to Team B because Team B is in a pennant race with Team C. It’s after July 31 (the trading deadline), so Team A first places the player on waivers, making him available to any team in reverse order of the standings. The way it’s supposed to work is, all the teams except Team B are supposed to “waive” their right to that player. Team B claims the player, usually in exchange for a “player to be named later,” and the deal is done. If another team makes a claim for the player, Team A can decide instead to keep the player. If Team C’s record is worse than Team B’s, Team C can block the deal. Usually waiver claims are kept secret until a deal is consummated, but every now and then, word leaks out that, say, Team A’s star outfielder was on the trading block until Team C put a stop to it.

© 2011 David H. Martinez. Excerpted from The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Now available as ePub for iBooks and more

I've just made The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition available directly from this website as an unprotected ePub file. That means you can buy it and copy it to your iPad, Nook, Kobo, and any other ebook reader that supports the ePub format. I'm also working on getting the book onto the iBookstore and other stores, but in the meantime, you can buy directly from me and get it on your device right now.

Monday, July 18, 2011


The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition is skyrocketing up the Amazon best-seller charts! Well, OK, that's an exaggeration. But after less than a week on the market, it is #25* in the category of Kindle Ebooks / Baseball History.  Thank you, fans!

*Update (7/18/11): It's down below #50 now, but it was fun while it lasted.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition is now available.

It's official: The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition is now on sale online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The iBookstore is on the way, and I'm also working out a print version. Enjoy your copy, and please let me know how you like it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The cover is ready.

My designer, Walt, has completed the cover design for The Book of Baseball Literacy: 3rd Edition. Check it out.

True Heroes is in the top 5

I love watching Amazon's rankings go up and down. Things could change tomorrow (or even in 30 minutes), but right now, True Heroes of Baseball is in the top 5 on Amazon's list of Kindle Bestsellers in Children's Nonfiction Sports Books, in between biographies of Michael Jordan and the Brazilian soccer player Kaka. Hey, you have to take the little victories when they're handed to you.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The 3rd edition is almost here.

I'm putting the finishing touches on the third edition of The Book of Baseball Literacy. I've kept all the parts of it that critics and readers have praised, made significant updates throughout the book to account for the events of the past 10 years, and added extensive hyperlinking throughout so it'll be easy to follow a thread from page to page. It's now 140,000 words, up from 125,000 in the earlier editions. Yet I've priced it within reach of anyone who has an ebook reader: just $4.99.

Right now, my designer, Walter Jew, is completing work on the awesome book cover. And I'm getting ready to post it to the Amazon and Nook estores. I'll be writing posts about what's in the book in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, check out my other ebooks: Baseball Detective and True Heroes of Baseball.

Baseball Detective is ranked #8 on Amazon.

In the Kindle eBooks/Baseball Statistics category, my ebook Baseball Detective is the #8 bestseller. That puts it behind some of my favorite books—including The New Bill James Historical Abstract, Baseball Between the Numbers, and others—but ahead of It Ain't Over Till It's Over and A Mathematician at the Ballpark, among others.

Buy Baseball Detective for Kindle for just 99¢.