You love baseball. You're here, reading this, so that's an easy assumption to make. Well, I love baseball, too. I'm lucky to be able to do this for a living, and I hope no one ever realizes how much fun I'm having working, lest the privilege be taken away.
My love for baseball goes beyond the stars on the field, though. It's not just the Hall of Famers and their accomplishments that I sit and think about. I'm in awe of their abilities, of course, but I tend to lean towards those who aren't as appreciated as they should be. Players who are highly capable and highly productive, but are not recognized for their worth in their own era, and certainly are not treated as well by the passage of time as those inducted into Cooperstown.
We all have favorites like that. Those players who tend to be thrown into a hypothetical "Hall of Very Good." Thanks to Sky Kalkman and three dozen of my favorite writers, the Hall of Very Good won't be hypothetical starting this summer.
The Hall of Very Good is an ebook meant to celebrate the careers of those who are not celebrated. It's not a book meant to reopen arguments about who does and does not deserve Hall of Fame enshrinement; rather, it's meant to remember those who, failing entrance into Cooperstown, will unfairly be lost to history. It's for the players we grew up rooting for, the ones whose best years led to flags and memories that will fly together forever. Players like Bret Saberhagen, Will Clark, Dwight Evans, Tim Salmon, Wilbur Wood, Orel Hershiser, and literally hundreds of others.
We're hosting a Kickstarter to raise money for this e-book, to be released this summer. While we've hit our initial goal, we promised to add more writers and invest more money into the book's creation if people would continue to donate. We added the first wave of new authors yesterday, and there will be more to come.
You're all baseball fans, but this is a Red Sox site, so you're also Red Sox fans. This book will have its share of underappreciated Red Sox from history, names like Dwight Evans, Ellis Burks, the aforementioned Saberhagen and Dewey Evans, as well as Luis Tiant, Carney Lansford, and more.
There will be at least 50 essays on players like this, from dozens of contributors. We've lined up the likes of Rob Neyer, Joe Posnanski, Craig Calcaterra, Christina Kahrl, Steven Goldman, Jeff Passan, Will Leitch, King Kaufman, and more -- lots more, including our own Matthew Kory -- to tackle this project. We've tried to combine the best of the established writing world with the up-and-coming talent the Internet houses, and we think this is going to be an amazing project that any baseball fan will enjoy.
As said, we've hit our goal, but a $10 donation now is the same as a pre-order, and will cost you less than if you wait to purchase when it's released. You'll not only get the finished book a week early, but your name will be added to the donors page, noting your support of this project. You guarantee yourself a copy cheaper, earlier, and get to point out that you helped it get made in the first place. I'm biased, but that sounds like a deal.
There are loads of details about the Hall of Very Good at the Kickstarter page, and you can follow Sky Kalkman, the official Hall of Very Good account, and this author on Twitter for updates. We appreciate any and all support for this project, and I hope we can make something that you will all love.