Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 24, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
85 Reviews
Whether you’re a major league couch potato, life-long season ticket-holder, or teaching game to a beginner, Watching Baseball Smarter leaves no territory uncovered. In this smart and funny fan’s guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national pastime.

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.

Zack Hample is an obsessed fan and a regular writer for minorleaguebaseball.com. He's collected nearly 3,000 baseballs from major league games and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows. His first book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, was published in 1999.


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A nice reference book. - Goodreads
Great introduction to baseball rules. - Goodreads
Informative, and easy to read. - Goodreads
Very helpful introduction to the game! - Goodreads
This is a great book to have on hand as a reference. - Goodreads
A great introduction guide to the world of baseball. - Goodreads

Review: Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

User Review  - Beth G - Goodreads

This is an excellent book for those who want to know more about the inner workings of the game. If you're a casual fan who wants to know more, or are just getting introduced to baseball, you'll enjoy ... Read full review

Review: Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

User Review  - Jason - Goodreads

Great introduction to baseball rules. Well written and very down-to-earth author. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Zack Hample has caught roughly 3,000 baseballs from 41 Major League stadiums. His first book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, was published in 1999. Since then, he has been interviewed hundreds of times for print, radio, and television. He currently writes for minorleaguebaseball.com, and has a popular blog, The Baseball Collector, chronicling his obsession.

http://www.zackhample.com


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