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Watching Baseball Smarter

A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

By Zack Hample

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Format: Paperback, 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 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."

About the Author

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. http: //www.zackhample.com

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"This isn't the first book to take on the challenge of explaining baseball intricacies, but I've never seen it done better. . . . When it comes to producing 'aha moments' of baseball enlightenment, the book indeed has a high batting average." --The Seattle Times "Hample calls himself an obsessed fan--obsessed in a good way--and the product of his torment is a funny and informative guide for all levels of fans." --Yankees Magazine "Engaging. . . . Hample's book is both deceptive in its simplicity (the basic rules, but also the ten different ways a pitcher can commit a balk) and surprising in its range." --Fortune This isn t the first book to take on the challenge of explaining baseball intricacies, but I ve never seen it done better. . . . When it comes to producing aha moments of baseball enlightenment, the book indeed has a high batting average. The Seattle Times Hample calls himself an obsessed fan obsessed in a good way and the product of his torment is a funny and informative guide for all levels of fans. Yankees Magazine Engaging. . . . Hample s book is both deceptive in its simplicity (the basic rules, but also the ten different ways a pitcher can commit a balk) and surprising in its range. Fortune"

EAN: 9780307280329
ISBN: 0307280322
Publisher: Random House Inc
Dimensions: 20.12 x 13.41 x 1.5 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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This is a really good nuts and bolts guide to everything baseball. It's well written in simple language that anyone can understand and offers a wealth of knowledge. It's the sort of book I would give to a young player because it will make him a better player, but it would be a worthwhile buy for anyone interested in baseball.

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