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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Edition Unstated edition (April 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671705814
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671705817
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very good information.
Aaron Madden
I feel this helps young players understand that playing and practicing can be a grind, even for great players.
Matthew Puchalsky
He has very good info regarding the Jobe work out, and has good workouts, but with semi outdated technology.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nick R. on October 2, 2006
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Well this was a severe disappointment. I was expecting some insight on his mechanics, going into grave detail... The information on pitching form was extremely generic and repetitive. There is absolutely no unique insight that you couldn't get from using an internet search engine. It all comes down to this: keep your weight back during the leg kick (don't move forward), and then have a controlled fall towards the plate. Thats about it. Chapter 1 was fluff about his career and Ryan's various coaches, chapter 2 was mostly fluff about mental attitude, and chapter 3 was the only instruction on how to properly throw the baseball.

The rest of the chapters were just an "introduction to weight lifting and stretching". Chapter after chapter of what weights to lift, and how to lift them. Don't get me wrong, it isn't bad weight training information... but there are far better weight training books out there and the excercises are not really unique to baseball or pitching. Generic normal excercises, like the ones you'd find in any weight training book (there are only so many ways you can lift a dumbell).

I was looking to the book for some deeper insight into mechanics, and maybe some more illustration of ryans form. I wanted to dissect his delivery, and see how his pitching style differed from my own. The book did not deliver.

To those other reviews that claim conditioning is the reason ryan was so successful... I'd say you are partially right. Conditioning is important. Its also very basic. I don't need a book telling me how to do squats or shoulder presses. The act of throwing the baseball, on the other hand, is extremely complicated. This is where you need the most information...

This is not an "ultimate guide" to anything.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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Nolan breaks down his book into mechanics and training in a very readable format. The critics who said that the book focuses too much on conditioning and not enough on pitching secrets are missing the boat: CONDITIONING IS HIS PITCHING SECRET. How else did he last 27 years?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tommy on November 30, 2011
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I honestly was hoping for a little more. Specifics about pitching motion were not as prevalent as I hoped. There was a lot of good information about Nolan Ryan, how he trained, how he thought etc. This was very interesting, but not what I was expecting. There was a lot of information on Nolan Ryan's work out habits and nutrition. Again, it was interesting, but just not what I was hoping. I was thinking that it would have more details on the pitching motion, holding the ball etc. This book was almost more of a Nolan Ryan biography.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Stanley on August 29, 1997
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I thought too much of this focused on the conditioning and strength-building aspects of Ryan's approach to pitching, and far too little on the mechanics of pitching, which would be more helpful for younger players
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 9, 1999
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Nolan Ryan and Tom House put together a wonderful how-to book of conditioning and pitching. Everyone needs to condition to keep muscled tightened, Ryan and House emphasize that wonderfully in "Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JCD on April 27, 2013
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Good book overall. Wish it had more pitching information. About 1/4 is just exercises. I don't know much about. baseball & it helped.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa S. Price on May 19, 2008
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I bought the book for my 14 year old son. He is a baseball pitcher and he thinks the books is great. He has already ready read it from cover to cover and picked up pitching tips.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Puchalsky on May 4, 2012
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This is a great buy for youth baseball players between the ages of 12 and 16. Explains the game well and tells Nolan's story of his career. I feel this helps young players understand that playing and practicing can be a grind, even for great players. I highly recommend.
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