The Louisville Slugger® Book of Game-Breaker Baseball: How to Master 30 of the Game's Most Difficult Plays

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The first guide to help you get to the next level of baseball play

To continue advancing up the ladder of competition, you need to master the game's advanced skills and techniques, those exciting plays that surface at crucial moments in competition and bring victory--the game-breaker plays and skills. The Louisville Slugger® Book of Game-Breaker Baseball moves beyond the basics. It features step-by-step ...

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Overview

The first guide to help you get to the next level of baseball play

To continue advancing up the ladder of competition, you need to master the game's advanced skills and techniques, those exciting plays that surface at crucial moments in competition and bring victory--the game-breaker plays and skills. The Louisville Slugger® Book of Game-Breaker Baseball moves beyond the basics. It features step-by-step instructions supplemented by major-league players explaining their styles in making the same plays.

This book:

  • Teaches you 30 key skills illustrated with 150 high-quality photographs
  • Offers you a complete blueprint if you want to play at the game's higher skill levels
  • Provides approximate ages to master the skills and how long it should take to learn them
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071385619
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Meet the Author

John Monteleone and Mark Gola are the authors of The Louisville Slugger“ Complete Book of Hitting Faults and Fixes and The Louisville Slugger“ Ultimate Book of Hitting. Monteleone is a former professional and college player, college coach, and Legion Baseball coach. Gola is a hitting instructor and clinician, former college player, and coauthor of The Louisville Slugger“ Complete Book of Pitching.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Section I Hitting
1 Hitting the Curveball 3
2 Hitting the Change-Up 9
3 Hooking a Ball 15
4 Zone Hitting with Favorable Counts 19
5 Two-Strike Contact Hitting 25
6 Lifting a Fly Ball When a Sacrifice Fly Is Needed 31
7 Hitting to the Right Side (with a Runner on Second Base) 37
8 The Slash 43
9 Push Bunt for a Base Hit 49
Section II Fielding
10 Outfielder Going Back on a Fly Ball 57
11 Outfielder Fielding a Ground Ball and Making the Throw 65
12 Outfielder Making a Catch and Throw When Runner Is Tagging Up 71
13 Infielder Making a Play on a High Chopper 77
14 First Baseman Catching Half-Hops and Short Hops 83
15 First Baseman Making a 3-6-3 Double Play on a Ball Caught on the Infield Grass 89
16 Second Baseman Making a Double-Play Throw to Shortstop on a Ball Hit to His Left 95
17 Second Baseman Making a Double Play When Runner Is Making Sliding Contact 101
18 Shortstop Making a Play from the Third Base--Shortstop Hole 109
19 Shortstop Making a Double Play When Runner Is Making Sliding Contact 115
20 Third Baseman Making a Play on a Slow Roller 119
Section III Pitching
21 Throwing the Curveball for Strikes 127
22 Throwing Change-Ups for Strikes 133
23 Holding Runners on First Base 137
24 Changing Arm Slots 143
25 Expanding the Strike Zone 149
26 Detecting Weaknesses in the Hitter 155
Section IV Baserunning
27 Adjusting Your Slide to the Play at the Base 163
28 Stealing Third Base 169
29 Getting a Good Lead and Jump on Batted Balls 175
30 Breaking Up a Double Play 181
Index 185
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