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Baseball for Dummies, 4th Edition


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Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Baseball 5 Chapter 1: The Lowdown on Baseball 7 Chapter 2: Suiting Up: Equipment 15 Chapter 3: Tackling the Rules of Baseball 31 Part II: Taking Your Swings ? Playing Offense 43 Chapter 4: Preparing to Swing the Lumber: Life in the Batter?s Box 45 Chapter 5: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer 61 Chapter 6: The Science of Baserunning 83 Part III: The Ball in Play ? Playing Defense 107 Chapter 7: Knowing the Players and Plays 109 Chapter 8: Winning the Arms? Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer 123 Chapter 9: Behind the Plate: The Catcher 145 Chapter 10: Playing Infield 159 Chapter 11: Playing the Outfield: Where Fly Balls Go to Die 183 Part IV: From Little League to the Major Leagues ? Organized Baseball 193 Chapter 12: T-Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between 195 Chapter 13: The Majors, the Minors, and Other Leagues 205 Chapter 14: The Rest of the Field: Managers and Coaches 223 Chapter 15: Identifying the Rest of the Cast of Characters in the Ballpark 231 Chapter 16: Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball?s Statistics 241 Chapter 17: Going All the Way: MLB Postseason Play and the World Series 249 Part V: The View from the Stands ? A Spectator?s Guide 255 Chapter 18: Following the Bouncing Baseball 257 Chapter 19: Tackling Baseball?s Steroid Controversy 281 Chapter 20: Keeping Up Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand 289 Chapter 21: Playing Fantasy Baseball 301 Part VI: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 22: Joe Morgan?s Top Ten Toughest Pitchers He Batted Against 313 Chapter 23: Joe Morgan?s Ten Smartest Players 319 Appendix: Baseball Speak: A Glossary 325 Index 347

About the Author

Joe Morgan played on two Cincinnati Reds World Series championship teams and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Richard Lally has written numerous popular books on baseball and other subjects, including Bombers: An Oral History of the New York Yankees and Have Glove, Will Travel (which he co-authored with for Major League pitcher Bill Lee).

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