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Posted September 23, 2010
Good Book about baseball Any fan should read it.
Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro-
Is a book about analyzing the game of baseball (as the title suggests). The book focuses on more of the baseball commentator's style of analyzation and how they prepare to work a game. The book covers everything from the pregame setup that McCarver went through to his work in the booth, to the important strategies and notes on the pitching and hitting out on the field. The book really covers about every inch of baseball and doesn't miss anything. That being said main focus of the book is on baseball not how to commentate it; McCarver does a really nice job of wording the book so that a regular Joe can pick up the book and learn a good bit about baseball. Now I am a baseball fanatic so I loved this book but I am not sure if it would entertain someone who doesn't like baseball, if you are a person who does not like baseball and has no intention of learning about baseball do not read this book, you will find it very boring. There are some points in the book where McCarver has a really funny story about baseball, like the one about Mike Fischlin asking a teammate (Don Mattingly) to take his bat to the All-Star game because Fischlin knew he would never make it as an All-Star. McCarver can start to drone on at some times and at other times he is very direct and to the point but for the most part the book is written very well. A thing that can be good or bad about the book is McCarver can be a little bias in his book (you can tell he is very opinionated). Overall I think this a very well written book about baseball and anyone who is interested in baseball should buy this book along with everyone who wants to have a greater understanding of baseball.
McCarver's other works -
The Perfect Season : Why 1998 Was Baseball's Greatest Year
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