Book on Baseball Franchise Rankings is a Hit

From Kevin C. Doyle at on May 4:

Baseball statistics have fascinated Danvers resident Tim Goehlert for as long as he can remember. He and his childhood friends would study and quiz each other on the minutiae found on the backs of baseball cards.

Goehlert, now 30 and an active member of the Society for Baseball Research (SABR), eagerly studies the various online power rankings and has digested the massive compendiums such as “Bill James Baseball Abstract” and “Total Baseball” by Phil Birnbaum, John Thorn and [Bill] Deane. Over time, Goehlert formulated the idea for his self-published “Baseball Franchise Rankings,” which he finished in mid-March and released on Opening Day this year. The book is also available via

“Ranking lists are really just somebody’s opinion and I’ve always liked looking at them. It dawned on me that there was no source that explains how teams came close in a particular season but came up short, how they lost a postseason series, or how they were up by four games and then lost the last four games of the regular season. This shows what went wrong,” said Goehlert.

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Originally published: May 4, 2011. Last Updated: May 4, 2011.