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Pure Baseball Paperback – January 19, 1995
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Based on two games played in 1993, one in the American League and one in the National, Pure Baseball is a pitch-by-pitch analysis that scrutinizes every decision made. This is not just a replay of two games; it's a text on just about every offensive and defensive strategy in baseball. Known for his insight on and off the field, Keith Hernandez's knowledge of the game flows from the pages.
What modern day baseball writer (other than, perhaps, George Will) would devote several pages to the importance of hitting the cutoff man? The consequences of not executing the proper defense on a long double are detailed. Many baseball commentators claim that the "little things" win baseball games. Positioning the infield and outfield, holding runners on first and pickoff moves are more important than one might think. Mr. Hernandez's attention to the arcane details of the game is what really drives this book.
The most interesting part of Pure Baseball is the explanation of the hit-and-run. The hit-and-run is probably the least understood concept in baseball. Mr. Hernandez believes that "the in's and out's of the hit-and-run go to the heart of baseball strategy, and you have to understand them to understand the game." The author got my attention with this sentence. No fewer than nine pages are devoted to this subject, and I would have liked to see more. Since I now understand the strategy behind the hit-and-run, it's easier to match wits with the manager when the leadoff runner reaches first base.
This is a great book. If you're an aspiring coach or just want to understand more about baseball, you can't go wrong here.Read more ›
I have taken Mr. Hernandez' advice and always turn off the sound when watching a game on TV. I find it to be a major improvement and I'm no longer distracted by the content-free, pointless remarks made by most announcers.
Frankly, judging from the mental errors common to the game today, it should be required reading for each and every player from the rookie leagues to the bigs.
If you're not a serious student of the game, then maybe you should pass on this one!!
Be aware that this book was very technical. While I will definitely lend this book to my brother, who wants to become a sports announcer, I was hoping this might be a primer to baseball strategies for my girlfriend. However, it would obviously be over the head of anybody who can't talk baseball already, or is willing to closely study the book.
My only real complaint is that Hernandez quite often predicts strategies, and then watches the manager do something entirely different. I appreciate the honesty, but instead of speculating, re-explaining himself, or better yet calling up Sparky Anderson after the game, he leaves it at "who can tell?" Still an excellent book, I'd recommend it to anybody who wants to expand their knowledge of baseball.
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Great book for Father / Son and daughter bonding. Keith breaks baseball down, play by play so easily that for the young one that they can understand that thinking ahead becomes... Read morePublished 9 months ago by steve uelk
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 14 months ago by Bill Slocum
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 23 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 on February 20, 2014 by RONALD WHITCOMB
Yes, Keith Hernandez takes you literally pitch by pitch through two baseball games. Yes, he analyzes nearly every pitch. Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 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
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