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Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks Paperback – March 27, 2007
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Examples of what is in some of the chapters: Chapter 2 focuses on "Pitchers and Catchers." The first part of the chapter describes basic pitches (and how they are thrown)--fastball, curveball, slider, change-up, split-finger fastball, knuckleball, screwball, spitball (naughty, naughty!), eephus, and gyroball (does it even exist?). Each is described, with a bit of humor added here and there.
Chapter 5 explores "Fielding." There are brief descriptions of what each position has to do. As an old second baseman, I enjoyed reading about the basics of the double play and so on.
Chapter 6 examines "Stadiums" (but should this not be "Stadia," to use the proper Latin term?). One of the more enjoyable features is the description of some unique fields. Think Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. But why not talk about the cool stadium in Cleveland?
Chapter 9 takes a peek at "Random Stuff to Know." E.g., Why K for strikeout on scorecards? What about uniform numbers? The seventh inning stretch? And so on.
This book is a lot of fun. Even hard core baseball fans might enjoy it for its style, even though they may not learn a great deal that is new. For beginners and intermediate fans, though, this will be quite a pleasure!
This book is nothing less than extraordinary. It would be a superb gift for any high school or college student who loves the game, and for any parent or grandparent new to the game. Personally I think it has a great deal of information that those who consider themselves avid fans have NOT noticed, but you can decide that better than I.
Here are some of the nuggets in this book, which is the tactical complement to the strategic companion by another author, "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game." The two books together constitute an instant reference library from any baseball affecionado.
1) 1 in 100,000 make it to major leagues from among those who strive to get there.
2) Going to college is a superb way to perfect your skills and shorten the time to selection for minor leagues--a tiny handfull get to go straight to the majors.
3) Five tool players can field well, throw hard (and accurately), run fast, hit home runs, and hit a high batting average.
4) Any major leaguer, however "bad" they might appear on a given day, is the best of the best and has spent a lifetime getting there.
5) Awesome concise clear description of the many kinds of balls that a pitcher can throw to a batter.
6) Runner on second can see catcher's signals and signal to the hitter more often than not. I had no idea.Read more ›
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I'm new to the game, because my son has shown interest. I hope to develop something we can share as father and son. This book helped me a ton. Great little baseball book.Published 4 months ago by Maxwell Suitt
Great baseball review. If you want to learn what is going on during the game this is a great way to learn more. I loved the baseball quotes mixed in with the baseball facts.Published 5 months ago by Nathan C. Bunnell
He writes all the things we live about baseball but nobody ever talks about. For me I read this right around February or March of every year. Totally got my money's worth. Read morePublished 5 months ago
I played little league and have watched baseball quite a bit, but this book taught me plenty. Even the stuff I already knew was presented in an interesting style. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Reggie Koch
Good review with lots of facts. Not a comprehensive history of the game. Mentions Marvin Miller but not Curt Flood. I read it on the kindle. Read morePublished 6 months ago by brian beirne
Not much new here. This book touches the basics of watching baseball but offered only a little new insight. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William West
If you follow a sport for long enough you'll probably come to think you know just about everything you need to know about the game. Read morePublished 8 months ago by D. G. Devin