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Baseball Strategiesby American Baseball Co
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Some books teach coaches and players what to do; this also explains why. Developed by an all-star cast of coaches selected by the American Baseball Coaches Association, Baseball Strategies is the most comprehensive resource ever written on the tactical aspects of the game. Providing the content are 18 of the game's top strategists, including several coaches whose teams have totaled more than 1,000 wins and have won national championships.
Meet every decision-making challenge, from setting the most effective lineup at the plate and in the field to deciding what play to call and when to call it in tight game situations. Should a runner be sent on a 2-2 pitch with one out? Should a hitter be walked to allow for a force-out even if the next batter is an RBI leader? When should a pitcher hold a runner on base from the stretch position or pitch from a more comfortable full windup? The analyses and answers to all of these questions and many more can be found in this book.
In part I, you'll learn the specifics of offense, from determining the hitting lineup to studying the strengths and weaknesses of the opposing pitcher and defense. The contributors to the offensive side of the game include Itch Jones, Mike Gillespie, Danny Hall, and Mark Johnson. In part II, experts such as Bob Bennett and John Winkin explore pitching from every angle, including strategies for shutting down hitters, stopping baserunners, and fielding the position. In Parts III and Parts IV, you'll learn better defensive strategies for fine-tuning your strategic approach from George Horton, Jim Morris, and Bobo Brayton, just to name a few.
Take a big tactical lead on your opponent. From position-specific responsibilities to situation-specific options to adjusting to the level of competition to altering your game plan in the middle innings, Baseball Strategies covers all the bases to give you a winning advantage in thinking the game.
With contributions from some of the most successful baseball coaches in the country, this comprehensive guide has detailed coverage of offensive, pitching, and defensive tactics. 80 illustrations.
Table of Contents
Setting the stage for strategic baseball / Andy Baylock — Determining the lineup and batting order / Richard "Itch" Jones — Scouting and studying the opposition / Chuck Hartman — Using signals for hitting and baserunning / Mike Gillespie — Hitting strategy / Mark Johnson — Baserunning strategy / Danny Hall — Decision-making in specific offensive situations / Jack Stallings — Shutting down hitters / Keith Madison — Stopping base runners / Bob Bennett — Fielding the position / Geoff Zahn — Working a game / John Winkin — Handling pitchers / Steve Hertz — Setting the lineup : positions 2 through 9 / Jim Morris — Defensive positioning / George Horton — Defensive tactics / Bob Morgan — Adjusting for different levels of competition / John Herbold — Adapting the game plan for different situations / Dick Birmingham — Playing the game the right way / Bobo Brayton.
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