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Errors and Fouls: Inside Baseball's Ninety-Nine Most Popular Myths

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Baseball is the most storied of American sports, but not all the stories are true. Likewise, most baseball traditions are wonderful. But not all of them.

The game’s most basic elements have often been misrepresented, misunderstood, and misremembered through the years. All along, fiction has coexisted with fact, hyperbole has mixed with history, and exaggeration has been mistaken for explanation. Meanwhile, baseball’s yen for tradition has left many fans and even baseball ...

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Overview

Baseball is the most storied of American sports, but not all the stories are true. Likewise, most baseball traditions are wonderful. But not all of them.

The game’s most basic elements have often been misrepresented, misunderstood, and misremembered through the years. All along, fiction has coexisted with fact, hyperbole has mixed with history, and exaggeration has been mistaken for explanation. Meanwhile, baseball’s yen for tradition has left many fans and even baseball commentators unduly attached to stale ways of thinking. In Errors and Fouls, Peter Handrinos breaks from the past and provides an entertaining antidote to its outmoded ideas and excessive nostalgia.

Handrinos examines the underlying issues that affect all fans: modern game tactics, playoff formats, and baseball economics. He supplies new ideas that counter broadcasters’ laments about how ballplayers are supposedly unprepared to bunt, why teams deserve to make the playoffs, or whether ball parks rip off taxpayers. While boldly busting myths, he tackles all major topics: fan polls to free agency, recruiting to revenue sharing, the talent pool to the ticket prices.

The author’s contrarian analysis and witty writing makes Errors and Fouls essential reading for anyone wanting to know how today’s baseball world really works.

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“Very rarely are the many sides of baseball explored as engagingly as in Errors and Fouls. Even more extraordinary is that this book explodes many of the canards and myths of our national pastime. This is a superlative work.”—Curt Smith, author of Pull Up a Chair: The Vin Scully Story
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612345604
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 572,163
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER HANDRINOS is the author of Best New York Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard New York Fans (Sourcebooks, 2006); The Truth About Ruth (And More): Behind Yankees’ Myths, Legends, and Lore (Triumph Books, 2006); and The Funniest Baseball Book Ever: The National Pastime’s Greatest Quips, Quotations, Characters, Nicknames, and Pranks (Andrews McMeel, 2010). A graduate of Yale University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Virginia School of Law, he currently lives and practices law in Norwalk, Connecticut. Of his work, Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Wolff has said, “I’ve never seen an author take on so many sports topics, or approach them with such evident preparation and joy.”

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