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Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional…
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Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners,… (urspr publ 2007; utgåvan 2007)

av Zack Hample (Författare)

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This smart and funny fan's guide to baseball explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will appeal to anyone--whether you're a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or a beginner.   What is the difference between a slider and a curveball? At which stadium did "The Wave" first make an appearance? How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills? Which positions are never played by lefties? Why do some players urinate on their hands?   Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott's Miscellany, Watching Baseball Smarter will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport-no matter what your level of expertise. Features an glossary of baseball slang, an appendix of important baseball stats, and an appendix of uniform numbers.… (mer)
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Titel:Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
Författare:Zack Hample (Författare)
Info:Vintage (2007), Edition: 31686th, 272 pages
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There's some good information in this book, but the structure and the insistence on the use of emphasis for lingo and unfamiliar terms make the tone condescending.

Disclaimer: I hate Zack Hample (and ANY ballhawks) and find them to be greedy vultures. ( )
  Caryn.Rose | Mar 18, 2015 |
What a great book for anyone who wants to understand the game and get more out of watching it. Now if only someone would do this for ice hockey . . . . ( )
  davemac | Jan 13, 2014 |
This is a breezy, accessible and often humorous survey of the various positions, strategies, and structure of Major League Baseball. It comes with a very useful glossary that runs the gamut of baseball terms and lingo from a to z. Even a serious fan of the game will find things here that surprise and enlighten. But it should be a fun read even for those (relatively) new to the game. You’ll read it, and then you’ll want to recommend it to a friend. As do I. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Jun 14, 2012 |
I read it from cover to cover, and it is thoroughly enjoyable--if you have an interest in baseball and already know something about the game. I read this book after my first full season of watching baseball games, and I still found it challenging. It can get pretty detailed when it comes to the description of plays, and you need to know your baseball ABC's really well if you don't want to get lost. I have decided to use it as a reference book, reading one section at a time to learn about specific parts of the game. ( )
  ftorralba | Apr 4, 2011 |
This is a pretty good book, as noted by previous reviews, but for a real classic, read "A Thinking Man's Guide to Baseball," by Leonard Koppett.

I've read it several times over the years and still find it interesting and informative. In some ways it may be a bit outdated as it was published in 1967 I believe. The chapter on who's better, Mays or Mantle, is a must read for anyone interested in the history of baseball. ( )
  CharlesBoyd | Mar 20, 2011 |
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To my father's father, Benny Hample--the one grandparent I never met and the biggest baseball fan of all.
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This is not the only book about watching and understanding baseball, but it is the only one that explains, among other things, why players are always grabbing their crotches.
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This smart and funny fan's guide to baseball explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will appeal to anyone--whether you're a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or a beginner.   What is the difference between a slider and a curveball? At which stadium did "The Wave" first make an appearance? How do some hitters use iPods to improve their skills? Which positions are never played by lefties? Why do some players urinate on their hands?   Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott's Miscellany, Watching Baseball Smarter will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport-no matter what your level of expertise. Features an glossary of baseball slang, an appendix of important baseball stats, and an appendix of uniform numbers.

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