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

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Vintage Books, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 254 pages
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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 ofSchott'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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User Review  - Caryn.Rose - LibraryThing

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. Read full review

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User Review  - davemac - LibraryThing

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 . . . . Read full review

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Contents

Preface
The Draft
The Postseason CHAPTER 2 PITCHERS AND CATCHERS
Signs
Balk
Off Days Charts and Videotape
The CyYoung Award
Copyright

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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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