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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 24, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 272 pages
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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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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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About the author (2008)

Zack Hample has written three books about baseball and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows. He has snagged more than 4,600 baseballs from 48 different major league stadiums.  Hample runs a business called "Watch With Zack" and has a popular blog, The Baseball Collector, chronicling his obsession.

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