Update: Given that even all of the yes responses seem to be conditional on other things, I'm dropping the idea of doing any kind of organized book club. However, for people that like reading baseball books in the off-season, after the World Series ends I'll make a post of my favorite baseball books and other people can chime in with their favorite books. But there'll be no organized discussion posts, at least not from me. If you want to take part in one, head over to Bless You Boys. They're good people.
This is just an idea right now, but over at Bless You Boys they are having an off season book club, which I think is an excellent idea. I thought I'd see if there was any interest in imitating the literacy over here to break up the inevitable swath of rosterbation posts. Their plan is to assign a book and discuss it in pieces once a week in a pre-scheduled discussion post. We could either do that or assign an entire book and have a single discussion post. You could even lie and say you read the book just to take part in the discussion. It's not school... no one's grading.
As for the book... they're reading The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, which is currently on the New York Times bestseller list. We could discuss the same book over here (it's good so far!) or we could choose a different book. There are a number of classic baseball books I could suggest -- The Brothers K by David James Duncan comes to mind immediately, but there's a lot out there. Maybe someone else knows of a book that we all must read.
Comments welcome, even if it's to tell me that I'm nuts. There's also a poll below to gauge interest; answering the poll doesn't commit you one way or the other. Editors, if you think this is crazy, just let me know.