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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; First Edition Second Printing edition (March 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375753400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375753404
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.2 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

On the surface, baseball looks like such an easy game--you throw the ball, you hit the ball, you catch the ball, and you run around the bases--but there are so many beautiful and hidden facets to the diamond. If anyone knows the game's on-field secrets, it's Tim McCarver. He caught in the Majors for 21 seasons, handling such Hall of Fame hurlers as Bob Gibson and Steve Carlton. Since hanging up his spikes almost two decades ago, he's been one of the game's most visible, thoughtful, and instructive analysts.

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.

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YA-Although this instructive overview is a bit complex for novices, its entertaining look at the strategies of the game will delight and educate curious readers. There are no diagrams of suggested plays and there is minimal explanation of basic terms. For avid baseball fans, however, McCarver's stories and point of view on strategy are both fun to read and informative. The authors go beyond an explanation of baseball to an interpretation of the game, often play by play. Writing with similar intent but with less emphasis on history than George Will in Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, (S & S, 1998), McCarver and Peary use humor and experience as touchstones to their ideas. Together, they present baseball as a game of intellect as well as physical strength and make its plays easier to understand for TV viewers. This is an entertaining commentary that will delight fans eager to learn more about "the inside story" of baseball.
Catherine Charvat, King's Park Library, Burke, VA
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This book is also fun to read.
Rudy Horn
For a much better book on the same subject, try Keith Hernandez's "Pure Baseball".
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These "games within the game" have made watching baseball more fun.
Todd Hawley

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hawley on June 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'm not a big fan of Tim McCarver, the TV analyst. So when I've seen this book I didn't give it much of a glance until just recently. I leafed through a few pages and became intrigued. I read a few more and was hooked. He does a wonderful job explaining the "intricacies" of the game. McCarver takes a kind of 'scientific' approach in explaining the various parts of the game, from the preparation he goes through before a televised game, to the pre-game meetings, to the actual game itself, "working a lineup," what is involved in playing the various positions, pitcher-batter duels, and so on. He also talks about what is going on with each pitch and how everyone, batter, pitcher, catcher and all the other players react to various pitch counts.
Since I've read the book, I've tried to be more conscious of what goes on during a game, checking to see if I can tell what signals a first or third base coach is giving, what kind of signs a catcher is giving a pitcher, or the other various strategies going on within a game. These "games within the game" have made watching baseball more fun. I may still at times get aggravated with McCarver's analysis during a game, but this book has made me a more knowledgeable fan.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Horn on June 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked up this book thinking I knew everything there is to know about the game of baseball, boy was I wrong! I have learned so much from this book, I feel that if I told George Steinbrenner that I read Tim McCarvers Baseball For Brain Surgeans and Other Fans, that he would hire me on the spot as manager and fire Torre. This book is that good. This book is also fun to read. You would't be able to enjoy this book if you do not know about baseball already, because it gets a little complex sometimes. So go out and get this book if you like baseball and want to learn more about how the game is played
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Calvin Durham on January 13, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let me begin by saying that I like so many baseball fans have two thoughts regarding McCarver. 1) I appreciate this former Major League catcher's immense understanding of the game and 2) I get tired during broadcasts of listening to his endless (and seemingly self-serving and self-inflating) ramblings about what is going on in the heads of players and coaches. That said, the only problem I really had when reading this book was getting McCarver's voice out of my head.

Once I did that I found the material within its pages useful (even in coaching youth baseball) and interesting. It is not however, for the faint hearted or simply casual fan. I think to fully appreciate McCarver's insights, one has to have a little more that rudimentary knowledge of the game. Having been involved in baseball for youth through college I found an easy grasp of his theories and thoughts...I'm not sure the simple newcomer to the game will (but they may).

All-in-all I found the book very enjoyable and it is actually one of the few books that I have actually read TWICE!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By howbort@ix.netcom.com on June 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I always thought I was a baseball "FAN" .[ I followed the Mets since I was a kid in little league.] After reading this book I can watch a baseball game on TV intelligently. McCarver has transformed me into a TRUE FAN. The book includes WHAT to look for when watching a game on TV and how the manager will/should react. I began to notice the pitch locations, catcher's role, the batting stances, lineups, pitch count and fielding positions. I sit back and try to guess what pitch will be thrown or how a manger will react in a given situation. Baseball is a game of strategy not just hit the ball and run. In the past I always loved going to the baseball park [Shea] and watching a game. I found watching a baseball game on TV to be very boring- NOT ANY MORE! I truly enjoy watching ANY baseball game on TV. In addition, I enjoyed the short vignettes located thoughout the book. They were informative and humorous.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Lots of baseball fans think they know everything there is to know about the game. Not me. While I've been a fan for 30 years, the game's intricate strategies and nuances sometimes go unnoticed until an astute announcer clues me in. McCarver does a great job of explaining everything there is to know about the strategies and the subtleties alike. However, if you are a casual fan, this book may drive you insane. Sometimes we don't need to know everything. The material here is nice to know, not need to know. Make sure you really want to know every aspect of the game before you pick up a copy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Baseball for Brain Surgeons gave me a penetrating look behind the surface of baseball. This is a very challenging book, so challenging that those who don't love the game might find it intimidating or boring. If you're an intelligent baseball fan, however, McCarver will "raise your game" at least a notch, and probably more. He'll answer a number of possibly nagging questions along the way--Why didn't the runner tag in that situation?...What IS the difference between a two-seam and a four seam fastball? My own enjoyment of the game has increased tremendously because I invested some time in this book. I notice that some reviewers were put off by the level of analyis. Please don't blame the writer (so what if he is showing off). Baseball, as they say, is as boring as the person who is watching it. So is Baseball for Brain Surgeons.
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