McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons is just that: a packed, at times densely penned, manual for smart and inquisitive fans, written up to their hunger for good, solid, challenging insight into the game's tactics, strategies, and maneuverings. McCarver goes into impressively thorough detail, which is his ultimate strength and occasional weakness; he assumes you've already got at least a baseball B.A. If you don't know a cut fastball from a four-seamer, you might consider applying elsewhere until you do, but if you are indeed up to the demands of a provocative graduate seminar, McCarver's quite a professor. He's an engaging storyteller, he never hides his biases, and while he's naturally strong on his perceptions into the game's most primal relationship of pitcher and catcher, he's never less than major league everywhere else around the diamond. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
So you played the game. And you attend every local game. And second-guess the managers. Well, folks, after you finish McCarver's treatise, you will finally understand why baseball... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jim Throne
I heard abiut this book from a friend who loaned me his copy to read. I played a lot of baseball never professionally) and I realy wanted to hear how McCarver would answer the... Read morePublished on November 4, 2011 by Karl Barber
Wish that I could buy this bird for what I think he is worth and sell him for he thinks he is worth,
Tim McCarver knows baseball. He knows how to play it, how to announce it, and, as the title indicates, how to watch it. Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by Rachel Gray
First, I want to say that I'm sick of tired of reading reviews on this book that say nothing about the book, but just rip into McCarver because the reviewer doesn't like him... Read morePublished on November 29, 2009 by D. Titus
Forget the petty criticisms of people who are biased against the author's personality (such as the person who admitted up front not having read the book but felt compelled to write... Read morePublished on September 28, 2009 by Suzie C.
Tim McCarver brings his wealth of baseball knowledge to nearly every facet of the national pastime. Readers learn about pitching and working the count, catching, hitting,... Read morePublished on August 4, 2008 by K.A.Goldberg
When I first bought this book I thought the title was just a gimmick and that this would just be another half hearted attempt to explain baseball to wives and girlfriends... Read morePublished on July 31, 2007 by David A. Leinen
McCarver having been a catcher, this book contains a treasure trove of knowledge concerning what goes on in the showdown between the batter vs. Read morePublished on June 27, 2006 by D. Jack Elliot