2007 BOUND EDITION OF THE NEWBERG REPORT

I’m now taking preorders for the 2007 Bound Edition of the Newberg Report, my eighth annual book on the Texas Rangers. It’s more than 300 pages commemorating the 2006 season, beginning with the hiring of Jon Daniels and the Winter Meetings and telling the story of the baseball season that culminated with the dismissal of Buck Showalter, as well as a primer on what you can expect from this organization for years to come. Nowhere can you find more information and analysis on the players that the Rangers are developing as future members of the major league team and, in some cases, as ammunition to trade for veterans brought in to join the core of the club.

Nearly 600 of you on this mailing list are past customers of the Bound Edition, but for those of you who are relatively new to the Newberg Report and may not be aware that I publish a book each year, here are the details on this year’s Bound Edition:

THE FEATURES

The book picks up right where the 2005 Bound Edition left off, with Tom Hicks’s decision to hire the youngest general manager in Major League Baseball, and the unfolding of the Rangers off-season that featured several major trades (and one, for Josh Beckett, that nearly trumped them all) and the signing of Kevin Millwood. What followed was a season that, for several reasons and on several levels, was disappointing, and it led to the decision to make a change at manager going into a crucial winter in which a number of key veterans would be free agents, and the core of the Rangers club was in its prime. The Bound Edition is the most thorough chronicle you’ll find of the twists and turns that the 2006 season took, and of the implications of the front office moves that preceded and followed it.

The 2007 Bound Edition contains every report I wrote from November 2005 until the day in October 2006 when Showalter was fired. It’s a complete record of the Rangers’ 2006 season, complete with a feature section comprised of more than 60 pages of new material that won’t ever appear on the website or in any e-mail deliveries and including more prospect evaluations than ever before.

Included in that bonus material will be the return of the Newberg Report Awards, including top ten rankings (with player evaluations and commentary) for Full-Season Player of the Year in the Rangers farm system, Full-Season Starting Pitcher of the Year, and Full-Season Relief Pitcher of the Year, as well as rankings for Short-Season Player of the Year, Short-Season Starting Pitcher of the Year, and Short-Season Relief Pitcher of the Year. Each list also contains a retrospective look at who I ranked in each category five years ago, when players like Hank Blalock and Travis Hafner and C.J. Wilson were still in the lower levels of the Rangers’ farm system.

The “Poised” lists of the 10 position players and 10 pitchers that I’m predicting breakout years for in 2007 are back, as is the popular “40-Man Roster Conundrum” chapter, in which I look at the roster decisions facing the organization this winter plus an explanation of how the Rule 5 Draft works, and my own ranking of the top 72 prospects in the Rangers system. There’s also a batch of additional top 5 and top 10 lists that range all over the place, such as the best moves Texas made in 2006 and the most disappointing, the biggest breakthroughs in the organization, both on the big league level and on the farm, biggest disappointments of the year, the best defensive players in the system, and lots more.

Based on your feedback, I’ve put the Transactions Hornbook back in the book, giving you one place to go to learn, in great detail, how baseball’s rules work, with sections on waivers, options, outright assignments, arbitration, the amateur draft and the Rule 5 Draft, and a bunch more.

The book contains season-ending statistics for every player who appeared with the Rangers’ big league club, all six minor league affiliates, and the Dominican Summer League in 2006, plus a full rundown of the Rangers’ 2006 draft.

The forewords for the 2006 Bound Edition were written by Rangers lefthander C.J. Wilson, Lorrie Masset (mother of Rangers righthander Nick Masset), and Alan Schlact (father of Rangers minor league righthander Michael Schlact), with a common theme: the long road that faces every player brought into a Major League organization to get to the big leagues, and how the Newberg Report helps you follow the players along that path.

The front and back cover once again features action photographs – taken by some of the best photographers in the business – of a number of the Rangers’ top players, both in the big leagues and in the farm system, perfect for autographs. I don’t want to reveal too much more about the cover yet, but I’m really pumped about this one.

THE PRICE

Keeping my promise never to increase the cost of the book again, the 2007 Bound Edition is $25.00.

Because I have to front the costs, if you plan to buy copies of the book I would appreciate it if you’re able to send payment now.

As we’ve always done, there is a discount if you pay now. If you pay for your order by November 15, I will waive the standard $2-per-book shipping charges. Accordingly, the book will cost you only $23 if you pay by November 15, either by (1) check or money order, or (2) credit card through http://www.PayPal.com. Since sales of the book have increased each year, it’s easier on me if I know right away about how many to have the printer generate for the first run. The books should be ready for delivery by the second week of December at the latest, in time to help you not only stock your own reference shelf or coffee table but also fill Christmas and Chanukah lists for your friends and family. And as we’ve done the past two years, we’ll have a book release party with Rangers guests in attendance.

I know the $2 discount isn’t much, but I don’t have much of a margin to deal with.

I also have all the previous editions of the Bound Edition for sale, with the exception of the 2003 book, which I’m out of at the moment. The price breakdown is as follows:

2007 Bound Edition – $25 (but $23 if you pay by November 15)
2006 Bound Edition – $20
2005 Bound Edition – $15
2004 Bound Edition – $15
2003 Bound Edition – SOLD OUT
2002 Bound Edition – $15
2001 Bound Edition – $15
2000 Bound Edition – $10

SPECIALS

1. Again, if you pay by November 15, the price of the 2007 Bound Edition is reduced from $25 to $23.

2. A gift set of all seven available Bound Editions (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007) is available for $100, which is a $15 discount.

ORDERING

For those who are in a position to pay now, I’d appreciate it. You can order by credit card through PayPal (more on that in a moment) or you can send a check or money order in whatever amount your order comes to, payable to “Jamey Newberg,” at:

Jamey Newberg
Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox
1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2800
Dallas, TX 75201

In addition to your check or money order, please make sure I have your mailing address, and specify how many of each book you want.

Ordering by credit card through PayPal is very easy. Just go to http://www.paypal.com, select the “Send money” option, and type in gjsneaker@sbcglobal.net where it asks for the e-mail account (and again, make sure you identify exactly what years of the Bound Edition you want, so I know exactly what to ship to you).

If PayPal is new to you, signing up is extremely user-friendly, costs you nothing, and is completely secure. Go to Paypal.com and follow the simple instructions.

For inventory and printing purposes, I would appreciate it if you would respond to this e-mail and let me know how many copies of the books you plan to order, whether you’re sending payment to me immediately or not.

TO SUM UP

I want you to know how much I appreciate the level of support you all have given me in every phase of the Newberg Report. Your support in the form of buying the Bound Edition is a concrete way to sustain it. If you have questions about the book, I encourage you to ask me.

Again, here’s the drill:

1. E-mail me at gjsneaker@sbcglobal.net and let me know what you plan to order, even if tentatively (please do this whether you are taking advantage of the early discount or instead plan to pay later on).

2. Send payment by check or money order to:

Jamey Newberg
Vial, Hamilton, Koch & Knox
1700 Pacific Avenue, Suite 2800
Dallas, TX 75201

3. Or pay by credit card at www.PayPal.com, sending it to the gjsneaker@sbcglobal.net account.

Thanks again for your continued support of the Newberg Report.

Jamey Newberg
www.NewbergReport.com

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

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