2008 Bound Edition of the Newberg Report

2008 BOUND EDITION OF THE NEWBERG REPORT

I’m now taking preorders for the 2008 Bound Edition of the Newberg Report, my ninth annual book on the Texas Rangers.  It’s more than 300 pages commemorating the 2007 season, beginning with the search for a new manager and moving into a season that got off to a disappointing start before things got interesting, first with a June draft that was one of the strongest in the league, a July trading season that Texas dominated from a sellers’ standpoint, and a two-month stretch in the second half in which the Rangers played their best baseball of the year, despite the fact that the club had traded several key veterans and turned things over to a much younger roster.  The book not only looks back on 2007 but is also 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 700 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 is what you can expect from the Bound Edition:

THE FEATURES

The book picks up right where the 2007 Bound Edition left off, starting with the dismissal of Buck Showalter and the process management went through in deciding on his replacement.  What followed was a season that, in many ways, was among the most fascinating Rangers seasons in years, one that ended with a sense that a long-term plan was in place and had some momentum.  The Bound Edition is the most thorough chronicle you’ll find of the twists and turns that the 2007 season took, and of the implications of the personnel moves that highlighted it.

The 2008 Bound Edition contains every report I wrote from early October 2006 until early October 2007.  It’s a complete record of the Rangers’ 2007 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, with an assessment and ranking of what I consider to be the top 72 prospects in the Rangers system and, for the first time, commentaries on every one of those players, broken down by position.

The “Poised” lists of the 10 position players and 10 pitchers that I’m predicting breakout years for in 2008 are back, as is the annual “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 also the popular Transactions Hornbook, 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 a bunch more.   

I’m also including the couple dozen “Swapping Stories” columns I wrote for MLB.com in 2007, each marking the anniversary of a notable trade from Rangers franchise history.

The Bound Edition 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 2007, plus full details on the Rangers’ 2007 draft and a chronological rundown of every transaction Texas made in 2007.

The forewords for the 2007 Bound Edition were written by Rangers broadcaster and former player and general manager Tom Grieve, Newsday columnist Ken Davidoff, and longtime Newberg Report reader Paul Foster. 

The front and back cover once again feature action photographs – taken by some of the best photographers in the business – of more than a dozen of the Rangers’ top prospects, perfect for autographs.  I don’t want to reveal too much more about the cover yet, but I’m really pumped about it.

THE PRICE

As always, the 2008 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.  The price breakdown is as follows: 

2008 Bound Edition – $25 (but $23 if you pay by November 15)
2007 Bound Edition – $20
2006 Bound Edition – $15
2005 Bound Edition – $15
2004 Bound Edition – $15
2003 Bound Edition – $15
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 2008 Bound Edition is reduced from $25 to $23.

2. A gift set of all nine Bound Editions is available for $120, which is a $25 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
Vincent & Moyé, P.C. 
2001 Bryan Street, Suite 2000
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 https://www.paypal.com/refer/pal=gjsneaker%40sbcglobal.net 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. Respond to this e-mail 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
Vincent & Moyé, P.C.
2001 Bryan Street, Suite 2000
Dallas, TX 75201

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

Thanks again for your continued support of the Newberg Report.

Jamey Newberg
http://www.NewbergReport.com

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