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Pure Baseball: Pitch by Pitch for the Advanced Fan

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Former All Star Keith Hernandez teaches even the most learned fan a thing or two about baseball with his unparalleled insight into all aspects of the game, from the action in the bullpen to the positioning on the field to the plays at the plate.

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"We have never seen the game scrutinised with such care and detail. Hernandez provides commentary on two ball games in the 1993 season : a Philles-Braves match-up and an extra innings battle between the Tigers ...
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Overview

Former All Star Keith Hernandez teaches even the most learned fan a thing or two about baseball with his unparalleled insight into all aspects of the game, from the action in the bullpen to the positioning on the field to the plays at the plate.

Praise for Pure Baseball:

"We have never seen the game scrutinised with such care and detail. Hernandez provides commentary on two ball games in the 1993 season : a Philles-Braves match-up and an extra innings battle between the Tigers and the Yankees. [He] examines the overall strategies of the game and offers good analyses of fielding techniques, base stealing, lineups, umpiring etiquette, double-steal rundowns, hit-and-runs, signals, infield shifts and more. His most intense and incisive analysis, however, is saved for the psychology of the pitcher-hitter duels. No matter where you are watching, you will never again see the game in the same way."
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"Keith Hernandez, it turns out, is even smarter than we thought he was in the Mets' glory years. All the subtleties of baseball are revealed as the two games unfold. Mr. Hernandez's opinions and pet-peeves—intentional walks, early-inning sacrifices, throwing fastballs to prevent stolen bases, large gaps in the outfield, pitchers who 'nibble. nibble, nibble,"—are well thought out and clearly articulated. [He] is particularly strong in analyzing the cat-and-mouse game played between pitchers and hitters as the count shifts the odds back and forth."
New York Times Book Review

"An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from savvy 17-year veteran of the major leagues who remains an ardent fan in retirement. Hernandez came up with an angle that works to near perfection: tellingly detailed start-to-finish accounts of two games played midway through the 1993 baseball season."
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Hernandez, a perennial all-star for baseball's Mets and Cardinals during his professional tenure, describes two fairly ordinary league games in pitch-by-pitch detail, giving the advanced, observant fan the inside story on pitch selection, defensive maneuvers, and offensive plays such as the ``hit and run.'' Along the way, Hernandez provides asides on the differences in the strike zones in the American and National leagues, the art of stealing signals, and why he feels umpiring has deteriorated since players crossed the picket lines during the bitter umpire strike several years ago. This master class in the art of the game is the best baseball audiobook this reviewer has heard to date; highly recommended for all popular collections.-George M. Needham, Public Library Assn., Chicago
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060925918
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.68 (d)

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    If you are a serious baseball fan, or want to be, This book will

    If you are a serious baseball fan, or want to be, This book will enable you to see a game on television, a blow out game, and because of the insight this book will give you into every move you will be able to enjoy it. The book is a pitch by pitch analysis of two games one from the stands and the other on television. The insight into the strategy what the players are thinking what is important when. well it is all very worth it. no other book like it.

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