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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

"Joe Morgan again shows himself a rare bird: an ex-jock with savvy and the ability to communicate it."
People

"This book has something for everybody, from longtime fans to Little Leaguers."
New York Newsday

Baseball For Dummies, Third Edition, is for baseball fans at all levels, from players and coaches to spectators who love the game. Baseball Hall of Fame player and ESPN baseball analyst Joe Morgan explains baseball with remarkable insight, using down-to-earth language so everyone from the casual observer to the die-hard fan can gain a fuller appreciation of the sport. This updated edition features:

  • Everything you need to know about the game, from what it takes to play each position and how to hit and run the bases to what to watch for in the game and how to appreciate the finer points of the sport
  • Coverage of new star players, new stadiums, and game milestones
  • The lowdown on today’s baseball Web resources
  • The latest on stats and sabermetrics
  • The inside story on the new steroid rules

From how to throw a knuckleball or hit an inside pitch to how to keep a scorecard or pick a winning fantasy league team, Morgan covers all the bases, showing you how to get the most out of the game. You’ll see how to:

  • Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding
  • Find a team to play on, from Little League on up
  • Evaluate stats, players, and records
  • Coach or umpire effectively
  • Get more out of a trip to the ballpark

Complete with Morgan’s personal lists of top-ten pitchers, fielders, and relievers, as well as new quotes from Derek Jeter and Keith Hernandez, Baseball For Dummies gives you all the inside tips, facts, and stats so you can play like a Major Leaguer!

Synopsis:

Written for players, coaches, and fans, this unbeatable baseball companion shows what it takes to play each position, how to hit and run the bases, what to watch for in a game, and how to appreciate the fine points of the sport. Updates to this edition include profiles of today's hot new players, tours of new ballparks, the lowdown on today's baseball Web resources, the latest on stats and sabermetrics, and the inside story on the new steroid rules.

Synopsis:

This comprehensive book looks at what it takes to play baseball, including conditioning and specific guidelines for each position. It also covers aspects of coaching, provides a primer of amateur and professional baseball, and helps fans know what to look for when watching the game. While the techniques of playing the game have not changed significantly, Baseball For Dummies 3rd Edition, will include information about new stadiums, such as PNC Park (Pittsburgh), Coamerica Park (Detroit), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia- 2004), and Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati). It will also cover hot new stars such as Ichiru Suzuki and milestones in baseball such as Roger Clemens' 300th win, new members of the 500-homer club, the inclusion of Inter-league play, worthwhile baseball-related Web sites, and the relative merits of various fantasy baseball leagues and computer games.


About the Author

Joe Morgan played on two Cincinnati Reds World Series championship teams; he is now a baseball analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

Richard Lally is a prolific sportswriter and author.

Table of Contents

Foreword xxv

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started (Before Your First At-Bat) 7

Chapter 1: What Is Baseball? 9

Chapter 2: Suiting Up: Equipment 19

Chapter 3: The Rules of the Game33

Part II: Taking Your Swings: How to Play the Game 45

Chapter 4: Training: Getting into Baseball Shape 47

Chapter 5: Swinging the Lumber: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer 71

Chapter 6: Winning the Arms Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer 111

Chapter 7: The Third Dimension: Defense 127

Chapter 8: The Science of Baserunning189

Chapter 9: Joe's Baseball Playbook 213

Part III: From Little League to the Major Leagues: Organized Baseball 241

Chapter 10: T-Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between 243

Chapter 11: The Minors and Other Leagues 249

Chapter 12: There Are Tricks to This Game: Coaching 261

Chapter 13: Men in Blue: Umpiring Like a Professional 267

Chapter 14: Major-League Baseball 273

Chapter 15: Off-the-Field Baseball Jobs and How to Snag Them 277

Chapter 16: Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball's Statistics 283

Chapter 17: Going All the Way: Postseason Play and the World Series 291

Part IV: We Don't Care if We Ever Get Back: A Spectator's Guide 297

Chapter 18: Following the Bouncing Baseball 299

Chapter 19: Keeping Up with the Show: Baseball Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand 321

Chapter 20: Fantasy Baseball 331

Part V: The Part of Tens 341

Chapter 21: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Players and His All-Time All-Star Team 343

Chapter 22: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Pitchers 351

Chapter 23: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Fielders 355

Chapter 24: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Relievers 359

Chapter 25: Joe Morgan's Ten Negro League Legends 363

Chapter 26: Ten Things to Love about Baseball 369

Chapter 27: Ten Baseball Nicknames That Hit the Mark 373

Chapter 28: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Future Stars 379

Part VI: Appendixes 383

Appendix A: Baseball Speak: A Glossary 385

Appendix B: Baseball Organizations 405

Index 415

Product Details

ISBN:
9780764575372
With:
Lally, Richard
Foreword:
Anderson, Sparky
With:
Lally, Richard
Foreword by:
Anderson, Sparky
Foreword:
Anderson, Sparky
Author:
Richard Lal
Author:
Anderson, Sparky
Author:
Lally, Richard
Author:
Morgan, Joe
Author:
Ly
Publisher:
For Dummies
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Baseball
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Subject:
Baseball - Coaching
Copyright:
Edition Number:
3
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
For Dummies
Publication Date:
20110308
Binding:
Online electronic file accessible through online networks
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
460
Dimensions:
9.10x7.46x.96 in. 1.50 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Written for players, coaches, and fans, this unbeatable baseball companion shows what it takes to play each position, how to hit and run the bases, what to watch for in a game, and how to appreciate the fine points of the sport. Updates to this edition include profiles of today's hot new players, tours of new ballparks, the lowdown on today's baseball Web resources, the latest on stats and sabermetrics, and the inside story on the new steroid rules.
"Synopsis" by , This comprehensive book looks at what it takes to play baseball, including conditioning and specific guidelines for each position. It also covers aspects of coaching, provides a primer of amateur and professional baseball, and helps fans know what to look for when watching the game. While the techniques of playing the game have not changed significantly, Baseball For Dummies 3rd Edition, will include information about new stadiums, such as PNC Park (Pittsburgh), Coamerica Park (Detroit), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia- 2004), and Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati). It will also cover hot new stars such as Ichiru Suzuki and milestones in baseball such as Roger Clemens' 300th win, new members of the 500-homer club, the inclusion of Inter-league play, worthwhile baseball-related Web sites, and the relative merits of various fantasy baseball leagues and computer games.


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