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Title Watching Baseball Smarter
Author Zack Hample
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2008-12-24
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780307498601
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Baseball by Zack Hample

Title The Baseball
Author Zack Hample
Publisher Anchor
Release Date 2011
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 356
ISBN 9780307475459
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Examines the history of the baseball, including how it is made and the reasons behind fans' quest to own a ball, and offer tips on how to catch one at a major league park.

Watching Baseball by Jerry Remy

Title Watching Baseball
Author Jerry Remy
Publisher Insiders' Guide
Release Date 2005-03
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 415
ISBN 0762737492
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A fascinating look at the game within the game by All-Star second baseman andRed Sox broadcaster Remy with professional journalist Sandler.

Smart Baseball by Keith Law

Title Smart Baseball
Author Keith Law
Publisher HarperCollins
Release Date 2017-04-25
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780062490254
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport. For decades, statistics such as batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers.? In this informative and provocative book, teh renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, a little math, and lively commentary, he shows how the allegiance to these numbers—dating back to the beginning of the professional game—is firmly rooted not in accuracy or success, but in baseball’s irrational adherence to tradition. While Law gores sacred cows, from clutch performers to RBIs to the infamous save rule, he also demystifies sabermetrics, explaining what these "new" numbers really are and why they’re vital. He also considers the game’s future, examining how teams are using Data—from PhDs to sophisticated statistical databases—to build future rosters; changes that will transform baseball and all of professional sports.

Title How to Snag Major League Baseballs
Author Zack Hample
Publisher Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Release Date 1999
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 140
ISBN 0689823312
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The author, who has acquired more than 1000 baseballs at major league baseball games, offers advice on the many ways to get balls at games.

Tales From First Base by Brad Engel

Title Tales from First Base
Author Brad Engel
Publisher Potomac Books, Inc.
Release Date 2013
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 142
ISBN 9781597978460
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Everything you ever wanted to know about first base, but were too afraid to ask

Baseball Field Guide by Dan Formosa

Title Baseball Field Guide
Author Dan Formosa
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2016-03-22
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 240
ISBN 0606379541
Language English, Spanish, and French
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For use in schools and libraries only. A clear, comprehensive, and visual guide to the rules of baseball.

Baseball For Dummies by Joe Morgan

Title Baseball For Dummies
Author Joe Morgan
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Release Date 2014-02-24
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9781118510544
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Play, watch, and understand America's favorite pastime Baseball continues to be a popular game both as a spectator sport and as a pastime. Since the publication of Baseball For Dummies, 3rd Edition, baseball teams have changed, new MLB stadiums have been built, and rules have been updated. This updated 4th Edition brings you the latest information on the players, the places, and above all, the game. Baseball For Dummies is for baseball fans at all levels, from players and coaches to spectators who love the game. Baseball Hall of Fame player Joe Morgan explains baseball with remarkable insight, using down-to-earth language so everyone from the casual observer to the die-hard fan can gain a fuller appreciation of the sport. Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding Find a baseball team to play on, from Little League on up Evaluate stats, players, and records Coach baseball or umpire effectively Get more out of a trip to the ballpark The latest on baseball stats and sabermetrics Complete with Morgan's personal lists of top-ten toughest pitchers, smartest players, and most strategic managers, Baseball For Dummies gives you all the inside tips, facts, and stats so you can have Major League fun!

Title I Don t Care if We Never Get Back
Author Ben Blatt
Publisher Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Release Date 2014-05-06
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 272
ISBN 9780802192165
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Two friends take a wild month-long road trip to hit every Major League Baseball stadium in America: “A fun ride” (The Boston Globe). Ben, a sports analytics wizard, loves baseball. Eric, his best friend, hates it. But when Ben writes an algorithm for the optimal baseball road trip, an impossible dream of every pitch of thirty games in thirty stadiums in thirty days, who will he call on to take shifts behind the wheel, especially when those shifts will include nineteen hours straight from Phoenix to Kansas City? Eric, of course. On June 1, 2013, they set out to see America through the bleachers and concession stands of America’s favorite pastime. Along the way, human error and Mother Nature throw their mathematically optimized schedule a few curveballs. A mix-up in Denver turns a planned day off in Las Vegas into a twenty-hour drive. And a summer storm of biblical proportions threatens to make the whole thing logistically impossible, and that’s if they don’t kill each other first. I Don’t Care If We Never Get Back is a book about the love of the game, the limits of fandom, and the limitlessness of friendship. “Moneyball-worthy mathematical algorithms and the sharp, hilarious prose that has made Lampoon alums famous for generations . . . Nate Silver numbers and James Thurber wit turn what should be a harebrained adventure into a pretty damn endearing one.” —Kirkus Reviews “Evokes the spirit of sports stunt journalist George Plimpton and the dazed road-trip fever of Hunter S. Thompson, minus the mind altering substances . . . . It’s great watching Blatt and Brewster race home.” —The Boston Globe “A cross between The Cannonball Run and The Great Race, with portions of It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World thrown in for good measure . . . The dynamic and back-and-forth tension and sarcasm between Blatt and Brewster is funny . . . Worth reading.” —Tampa Tribune

Baseball Explained by Phillip Mahony

Title Baseball Explained
Author Phillip Mahony
Publisher McFarland Publishing
Release Date 2014
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 213
ISBN 0786479647
Language English, Spanish, and French
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" Baseball is a very complicated sport, from tagging up to stealing bases to intentional walks, has a recurring focal point--the duel between pitcher and batter--that lies at the heart of the game. This book explains the game from scratch, while also educating the reader as to the game's important place in American history and culture"--

It Takes More Than Balls by Diedre Silva

Title It Takes More Than Balls
Author Diedre Silva
Publisher Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
Release Date 2008-04
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 236
ISBN 9781602396319
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A brilliant analysis of the game of baseball from two women who think everyone should be a baseball fan.

Throwback by Jason Kendall

Title Throwback
Author Jason Kendall
Publisher St. Martin's Press
Release Date 2014-05-13
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781250031822
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Ever Wonder What's Being Said at Home Plate? How a Team Silently Communicates? What Goes on in the Clubhouse Behind Closed Doors? America's pastime has always left fans and amateur players alike yearning for the answers to questions about how pros play the game. Jason Kendall is an All-Star catcher who has seen just about everything during his years with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, and Kansas City Royals. He's a player's player, a guy with true grit--a throwback to another time with a unique view on the game that so many love. Jason Kendall and sportswriter Lee Judge team up to bring you the fan, player, coach, or curious statistician an insider's view of the game from a player's perspective. This is a book about pre-game rituals, what to look for when a pitcher warms up between innings, the signs a catcher uses to communicate with the pitcher, and so much more. Some of baseball wisdom you will find inside: * What to look for during batting practice. * The right way to hit a batter. * Who's a tough guy and who's just posing. * How to spot a dirty slide. * Why you don't look at the umpire while you're arguing. Based on Kendall's 15 years of professional MLB experience, THROWBACK is an informative, hilarious, and illuminating look into the world of professional baseball-and in a way that no one has ever seen before.

Future Value by Eric Longenhagen

Title Future Value
Author Eric Longenhagen
Publisher Triumph Books
Release Date 2020-05-05
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 256
ISBN 9781641253970
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Eric Longenhagen is the FanGraphs Lead Prospect Analyst. His career in baseball began in 2008, the youngest of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs' inaugural crop of interns. He'd go on to work at Baseball Info Solutions and begin writing for various publications, like Crashburn Alley and Sports on Earth, before contributing to ESPN's prospect coverage starting in 2015. He has been at FanGraphs since 2016. Kiley McDaniel has worked for the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees, along with ESPN, FanGraphs, Fox Sports/Scout.com, and Baseball Prospectus. He began as an intern for the Yankees in baseball operations and his most recent club experience was as the assistant director of baseball operations and West Coast crosschecker for the Braves. He resides in Atlanta with his puppy, Scout, and currently writes for ESPN, either from a hotel room or his couch, next to Scout.

Title Moneyball The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Author Michael Lewis
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Release Date 2004-03-17
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 320
ISBN 0393066231
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —Forbes Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.

Title Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2 0
Author Pat Kirwan
Publisher Triumph Books
Release Date 2015-10-15
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781633192942
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Renowned NFL analysts' tips to make football more accessible, colorful, and compelling than ever before More and more football fans are watching the NFL each week, but many of them don't know exactly what they should be watching. What does the offense's formation tell you about the play that's about to be run? When a quarterback throws a pass toward the sideline and the wide receiver cuts inside, which player is to blame? Why does a defensive end look like a Hall of Famer one week and a candidate for the practice squad the next? These questions and more are addressed in Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0, a book that takes readers deep inside the perpetual chess match between offense and defense. This book provides clear and simple explanations to the intricacies and nuances that affect the outcomes of every NFL game. This updated edition contains recent innovations from the 2015 NFL season.

Class A by Lucas Mann

Title Class A
Author Lucas Mann
Publisher Vintage
Release Date 2013-05-07
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9780307907554
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An unforgettable chronicle of a year of minor-league baseball in a small Iowa town that follows not only the travails of the players of the Clinton LumberKings but also the lives of their dedicated fans and of the town itself. Award-winning essayist Lucas Mann delivers a powerful debut in his telling of the story of the 2010 season of the Clinton LumberKings. Along the Mississippi River, in a Depression-era stadium, young prospects from all over the world compete for a chance to move up through the baseball ranks to the major leagues. Their coaches, some of whom have spent nearly half a century in the game, watch from the dugout. In the bleachers, local fans call out from the same seats they’ve occupied year after year. And in the distance, smoke rises from the largest remaining factory in a town that once had more millionaires per capita than any other in America. Mann turns his eye on the players, the coaches, the fans, the radio announcer, the town, and finally on himself, a young man raised on baseball, driven to know what still draws him to the stadium. His voice is as fresh and funny as it is poignant, illuminating both the small triumphs and the harsh realities of minor-league ball. Part sports story, part cultural exploration, part memoir, Class A is a moving and unique study of why we play, why we watch, and why we remember.

Baseball by George Vecsey

Title Baseball
Author George Vecsey
Publisher Modern Library Classics
Release Date 2008
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 252
ISBN 9780812978704
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A sports columnist and author of Year in the Sun blends intriguing insights and anecdotes into a detailed history of baseball, capturing the iconic events, players, and games, as well as the sport's integral role in American history, culture, and society, from the Civil War era to the big business and drug scandals of the present day. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

Pinstripe Empire by Marty Appel

Title Pinstripe Empire
Author Marty Appel
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date 2012-05-08
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 656
ISBN 9781620400470
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An exciting history of the world's greatest baseball team from a former Yankees Public Relations Officer. "A riveting and comprehensive history of the Yankees" – New York Times Is there a sports team more synonymous with winning than the New York Yankees? The team of Ruth, Gehrig, DiMaggio, Berra, Ford, Mantle, Jackson, Mattingly? Of Torre, Jeter, and Rivera? Of forty American League pennants, twenty-seven World Championships, and nearly forty Hall of Famers? Like so many great American institutions, the Yankees began humbly, on the muddy, uneven grass of Hilltop Park. Eighteen years later the little second-class franchise won its first pennant. Today, the Yankees are worth more than a billion dollars. It's been nearly seventy years since Frank Graham wrote the last narrative history of the Yankees. Marty Appel, the Yankees' PR director during the 1970s, now illuminates the team in its hundred-plus years of glory: clever, maneuvering owners; rowdy, talented players; great stories behind the great stories. Appel heard tales from old-timers like Waite Hoyt, Bill Dickey, Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, and Whitey Ford, and has remained close to the organization ever since. He gives life to the team's history, from the demise of Hilltop Park in the 1900s to the evolution of today's team as an international brand. With a wealth of photographs, this is a treasure trove for lovers of sports, the Yankees, New York history, and America's game.

The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow

Title The Baseball Codes
Author Jason Turbow
Publisher Anchor Books
Release Date 2011
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9780307278623
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A behind-the-scenes analysis of professional baseball's hidden rules reveals the impact of unwritten codes of conduct, retaliatory behaviors, and cheating, providing examples as committed by such figures as Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Don Drysdale.

Title The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract
Author Bill James
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2010-05-11
Category Sports & Recreation
Total Pages 1024
ISBN 1439106932
Language English, Spanish, and French
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When Bill James published his original Historical Baseball Abstract in 1985, he produced an immediate classic, hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “holy book of baseball.” Now, baseball's beloved “Sultan of Stats” (The Boston Globe) is back with a fully revised and updated edition for the new millennium. Like the original, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is really several books in one. The Game provides a century's worth of American baseball history, told one decade at a time, with energetic facts and figures about How, Where, and by Whom the game was played. In The Players, you'll find listings of the top 100 players at each position in the major leagues, along with James's signature stats-based ratings method called “Win Shares,” a way of quantifying individual performance and calculating the offensive and defensive contributions of catchers, pitchers, infielders, and outfielders. And there's more: the Reference section covers Win Shares for each season and each player, and even offers a Win Share team comparison. A must-have for baseball fans and historians alike, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract is as essential, entertaining, and enlightening as the sport itself.