Gold Glove winner Hernandez talks baseball. A 40,000-copy first printing.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from a savvy 17-year veteran of the major leagues who remains an ardent fan in retirement. Hernandez (If At First, 1986) or his muse came up with an angle that works to near perfection: tellingly detailed start-to- finish accounts of two games played midway through the 1993 baseball season. The former Met first followed a close encounter between Philadelphia and Atlanta from the stands in the City of Brotherly Love. One week later, he turned couch potato to take in the telecast of a Yankee Stadium contest pitting New York against Detroit. As it happened, the Phillies and Bronx Bombers both won; the final scores, however, are almost beside the points Hernandez wants to and does make. Drawing on pitch-by-pitch recaps and experience gained during a long career, the author (a slick fielder and slugger in his day) offers an insider's astute observations on the mini-matchups and workaday stratagems that cumulatively can determine outcomes or, if need be, give attentive onlookers something to watch for in the late innings of a laugher. Focusing on the primal battle of wills between pitcher and batter, for example, he digresses into ad-rem commentary on the importance of the ball/strike count, defensive placements, base-running tactics, hit-and-run opportunities, the role of the cutoff man, distinctions between American and National League umpires, how managers handle their bullpens, pickoff plays, and a host of allied topics. In particular, Hernandez prizes baseball's lack of secret moves and/or trick plays. ``It's cat-and-mouse out there...not hide-and-seek,'' he says. ``Chess, not poker.'' If his all-star handbook can't make casual fans masters of the game, it could at least enhance their credibility as second-guessers in season and out. (First printing of 40,000) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
For people who like watching a baseball game and want to know more, but are wary of the slants put on it by sabermetricians like Bill James or aesthetes like Ken Burns, Keith... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Slokes
I heard about this book a long time ago and read it back in 2005. Just doing a review now as it came up again in conversation. I'm a fairly knowledgable baseball fan. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael E.
This book gives the reader a whole new look at the game from the inside of games in progress that show all the thinking, reasoning and mechanics of the game. Read morePublished 18 months ago by RONALD WHITCOMB
Yes, Keith Hernandez takes you literally pitch by pitch through two baseball games. Yes, he analyzes nearly every pitch. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Yankee Dave
As previously mentioned, the "Pitch by Pitch" in the subtitle of this book is no lie. Hernandez dissects entire at-bats (not every at-bat, thankfully) and other parts of two... Read morePublished on April 16, 2007 by M. Johnson
Easily the best baseball education in print that I've ever seen. It's like taking a master's course in baseball. Read morePublished on January 3, 2004 by "jdayton123"
It takes time and patience to read this book. The title says "Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan," and it means it literally. Read morePublished on December 19, 2003 by Jeffrey Lichtman