The Guy Who Reviews Sports Books

Greatly appreciate this review by Lance Smith, one of the operators of a very popular Goodreads baseball book group!

"...not only were the hits memorable but so is this book."

"...a long and interesting journey of stories that are wonderfully written and fun to read."

"...this book should be on the bookshelf of every baseball fan, no matter the age, favorite player or team or what era of the game the reader follows."

A word from Edgar

It has been my honor to vote for Edgar Martinez with my Hall of Fame ballot, and I can't wait to see him go into Cooperstown in 2019, his 10th and final year of eligibility. It has also been my honor to include him at the start of #DiamondsFromTheDugout. So you can imagine my elation when this tweet popped up on Edgar's Twitter page. Thanks, Gar! #mariners

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Thank you, MLBPAA!

Brooks Robinson's story about one hit that meant the most, and his Foreword, were big reasons that #DiamondsFromTheDugout became the No. 1 bestselling baseball book. I am so thankful to him and to everyone at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (here's how you can help) for everything they do to help players and to spread goodwill throughout communities. Special thanks to Nikki and Max for making my job easier, and for promoting the book on MLBPAA social accounts. You guys are the best. - Mark

Click here for the MLBPAA Facebook post!


50th BN store signing!

The #DiamondsFromTheDugout USA book tour page is updated with the milestone 50th Barnes & Noble store signing, and thanks to my wife Lisa for the awesome cake! Thanks to everyone who braved record cold to join us at BN Palisades Center mall north of NYC. We raised money for Clarkstown Family Resource Center, helping students who need a lift. Here's a photo album from Saturday's event!


No. 1 Bestselfies

What's a No. 1 bestselling book without some No. 1 bestselfies along the way? As a thanks for helping this book top the charts, we thought you might enjoy this slideshow of some of our faves. Please keep adding yours on social media and use the #DiamondsFromTheDugout hashtag. Thanks!

Minneapolis CBS Radio WCCO

Congrats to my friend Lindsay Guentzel for landing the new gig at WCCO, the legendary CBS Radio affiliate in Minneapolis. I was honored to come on her show this past Saturday night and talk about how #DiamondsFromTheDugout really all begin one summer day in 1962 at a Minnesota Twins home game in Bloomington, Minn. -- with Jim Kaat's teeth knocked out that day I sat as a 2-year-old in the Twins player wives section. We also talked about the current Turnaround Twins, plus the Vikings, because I'm a Vikes fan going back to Alan Page, Carl Eller and the Purple People Eaters days.

Ready for January 6!


Here's the new display at Barnes & Noble Palisades Center mall, ready for the big #DiamondsFromTheDugout author event and bookfair at 2 pm ET on Saturday, Jan. 6! I'll discuss the No. 1 bestselling baseball book and sign copies, and the bookfair will benefit the Clarkstown Family Resource Center - part of the massive Clarkstown School District. I'll stay there until about 5, so there will be plenty of time to sign, but get there early if you want to catch a baseball discussion. If you're in the NYC area that day, come out and join us, for a good cause! See the book tour page for the latest updates on official author events and the #BarnesandNobleStormingTour.


MLB Network Radio 12/16 & 12/23

It was a pleasure to spend the last three consecutive weekends talking DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT and baseball on MLB Network Radio, and that included an unprecedented doubleheader of sorts over the last two Saturdays on the SiriusXM network's "Remember When" show. The first audio clip here is from my Dec. 16 appearance with legendary NYC broadcaster Ed Randall, who was without fellow host and career-long Red Sox legend Rico Petrocelli. (By the way, the segment immediately followed Alvin & The Chipmunks and their holiday hit, providing context to the introductory comments.) The second audio clip is an encore return so that I could ask Rico for his thoughts about Yaz's story in the book, from the 1967 AL pennant-clinching game. Listen to that one, and you'll even get bonus material not in the book, because Rico gave me his own No. 1 hit.

No. 1 Bestseller!


DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT was listed today at No. 1 on the Barnes & Noble Top 100 bestseller list for Baseball, and it has moved up to #13 in Sports, passing Tom Brady & Shalene Flanagan. Thanks to everyone who is enjoying this new book from me and Blue River Press, with a Foreword and inspiration from the great Brooks Robinson. See the BN Sports Top 100.


Thanks to the Grandyman


I interviewed Curtis Granderson during the 2016 World Series in his hometown of Chicago, the morning after he received the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for his humanitarian efforts, especially helping children. He was giving a tour of the new University of Illinois-Chicago sports facility that he made possible with an endowment. After that interview, I asked him what hit meant the most to him and why, and the result is on page 37 of DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT. I hope you will enjoy Curtis' offering, complete with a powerful everyday life lesson. I extend my thanks to the Dodgers' left fielder, a 300-double, 300-homer club member and postseason regular, for the kind book recommendation that he posted on Twitter!

Milestone with a marker

 Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue signing on Dec. 21, 2017

Barnes & Noble Fifth Avenue signing on Dec. 21, 2017

Wednesday's signing at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Brooklyn was the 39th BN store across the country I have hit on the DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT book tour since our October launch, and Thursday was the milestone 40th at the BN Fifth Avenue location at 46th Street. You can visit the Book Tour page here at and see the stops.

Thanks to all of the amazing BN team members I have met along the way, starting with our launch at the Evansville (IN) location, followed by The Grove in Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale and St. Louis and New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delware visits as well. That's a lot of signed copies of the book Cal Ripken called "the perfect gift for any baseball fan," and I also want to say thanks for everyone who has gone to those stores and snapped them up! Please make sure you like the official Facebook page at and follow so we can share our experiences with the book!

 Signing at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 2017

Signing at Barnes & Noble Court Street in Brooklyn on Dec. 20, 2017

Thanks to the Iron Man

On Sept. 6, 1995, I was in the press box at Camden Yards covering Cal Ripken Jr.'s 2,131st consecutive game played for the Baltimore Orioles, the night he somehow surpassed Lou Gehrig's "unbreakable" record. I also treasure the memory of standing next to Cal as he signed every last autograph on Main Street out front of the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum at about 1 a.m. the night before he gave his Hall of Fame Induction speech in 2007.

This post today by Cal on his Facebook page ranks right up there on my own thrill-o-meter from No. 8. Humble thanks to Cal for sharing his memory and lesson of his own personal favorite hit (it has to do with his father), and thanks for this endorsement of DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT! This is from his Facebook page.

"A great new baseball book from Mark Newman... Brooks even wrote the foreword!"

Cal's must-read #DiamondsFromTheDugout is perfect for all baseball fans. Grab your copy here:

Over the river and through the woods, to BN stores we go



UPDATED 12/19/17.

From Friday through Monday, I signed each day at Barnes & Nobles stores throughout New Jersey and New York, bringing the total of BN stores visited to 38. This past weekend included a Barnes & Noble author event at Paramus (NJ) on Friday night, then the third consecutive weekend of #BarnesandNobleStormingTour store signings within the Northeast, then a meet & greet event at Barnes & Noble in Nanuet (NY) on Sunday, and then a visit to Staten Island to sign many books they have in stock. That was pretty cool, considering I usually am running over the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the opposite direction for the NYC Marathon! Great stores!

The first #BarnesandNobleStormingTour across 9 Connecticut BN stores was such a success, the Jeep made the trip on the next weekend through crazy snow and to 10 BN stores throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. This #BarnesandNobleStormingTour went to: Clifton, Clark, Edison, East Brunswick, Princeton, Moorestown, Cherry Hill (all in NJ on Saturday), then Rittenhouse Square in downtown Philadelphia (after 20-minute MLB Network Radio appearance to talk about the book while parked outside the Philly store!), Concord Pike in Wilmington, Delaware, and finally Freehold (NJ).

See the @MarkNewmanAuthor Instagram page for all the posts with a ton of pics and videos, and thanks to the BN stores that also posted about the signings! This has been an incredible journey, not just getting a book from manuscript to market, but this holiday season of helping to put DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT into eager baseball fans' hands for gifts!

All those stores now have signed copies waiting for you, at least while they last. Give them sticker copies for a gift!


9 Connecticut BN store signings in one day

The DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT official book tour page is updated with Saturday's #BarnesandNobleStormingTour. Bingley and I drove to nine Barnes & Nobles all over the state of Connecticut in one day: Stamford, Westport, Milford, North Haven, Glastonbury, Manchester, Enfield, Farmington and Waterbury. Sorry, Danbury -- couldn't make it there before 10 p.m. close! That's 21 Barnes & Nobles across the United States and counting on the DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT tour. Grab "the sports book of the holiday season" for family and friends!


My 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

I just mailed back my 2018 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Chipper Jones, Edgar Martinez, Jim Thome, Scott Rolen, Curt Schilling, Mike Mussina, Larry Walker, Vlad Guerrero. Read my 6,000-word blog post analyzing my entire top 20.

While I did not agree with Joe Morgan's email to voters -- neither the message nor the delivery -- I appreciate him being a part of my new book DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT.


Holiday Signings

Signings over the past week have included Barnes & Nobles at Union Square, Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Yonkers, White Plains, Paramus and Palisades Center -- all in the Greater NYC area. It has been so great to talk books and baseball with individual team members at those BN stores, and I deeply appreciate their efforts to display DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT in great locations, from face-out display on the Sports shelf to the BN Signed :Editions by Acclaimed Authors section at the front of some stores. Visit the DFTD Book Tour page here for more info.

Signed books in St. Louis

Signed copies of DIAMONDS FROM THE DUGOUT are waiting for baseball fans right now at Barnes & Noble in St. Louis! Cardinal greats include Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Stan the Man, Big Mac and more. Perfect holiday gift. Thanks for the hospitality, Jolene & friends at Chesterfield BN! The books are right upfront and next to "The Cardinal Way" at that great location in West County, off Clarkson Road. πŸ’ŽβšΎοΈ