Spring Training

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Spring training, a time when every team is in first place, is an American tradition dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. William Zinsser vividly brings to life the unique, once-a-year relationship between Bradenton, Florida, and its adopted team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1988 the Pirates were an unproven yet promising bunch with high hopes of competing for the National League pennant. Given rare access to players, management, scouts, and umpires, Zinsser sought to discover how a team ...
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Overview

Spring training, a time when every team is in first place, is an American tradition dating back to the early years of the twentieth century. William Zinsser vividly brings to life the unique, once-a-year relationship between Bradenton, Florida, and its adopted team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1988 the Pirates were an unproven yet promising bunch with high hopes of competing for the National League pennant. Given rare access to players, management, scouts, and umpires, Zinsser sought to discover how a team prepares for the longest season in professional sports. As valid today as it was when first published, Spring Training reveals how the fundamentals of baseball are taught and learned. The author has added a new introduction and postscript, which includes a lengthy interview with manager Jim Leyland about the lessons that can be learned from losing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822958246
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 895,591
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
1. Rites of Spring 1
2. The Pirates 8
3. Florida Days 16
4. The Gospel According to Thrift 32
5. Going to Work 50
6. Jim Leyland's School 58
7. The Biggest Change 69
8. Hitting 78
9. Running 86
10. A Day at the Ballpark 91
11. Fathers and Sons 106
12. The Pitching Coach 109
13. Scouts 124
14. A Ton of Ground Balls 133
15. Calling on Edd Roush 141
16. Three Pitchers 152
17. Umpires 159
18. The Toughest Position in Baseball 169
19. Play Ball! 178
Epilogue 188
Postscript 191
Acknowledgments 201
Sources 203
Index of Baseball Names 205
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