Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro

Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro

by Tim McCarver, Danny Peary
     
 

Tim McCarver succinctly explains the fundamentals and proper mechanics of baseball at the level necessary for success in the major leagues. Once the skills have been learned, the viewer can devise smart strategies, getting into the heads of the players, coaches, and managers: When should a player or manager be conservative or aggressive; what factors change as the… See more details below

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Tim McCarver succinctly explains the fundamentals and proper mechanics of baseball at the level necessary for success in the major leagues. Once the skills have been learned, the viewer can devise smart strategies, getting into the heads of the players, coaches, and managers: When should a player or manager be conservative or aggressive; what factors change as the count goes deeper; how do you set up an effective running game, and how can a defense try to sabotage it?

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Fox-TV broadcaster and former All-Star player McCarver (Oh, Baby, I Love It!, with Ray Robinson, Villard, 1987) is known for his keen baseball analysis. His coauthor, Peary, compiled a book of baseball interviews, We Played the Game (LJ 2/94). Unlike Jon Miller and Bob Costas, McCarver does not offer any bromides for the problems facing baseball. Instead his is a fan's guide to viewing ball games. In the wrong hands this kind of book could be deadly dull, since some points may seem obvious. But McCarver actually offers a fascinatingly quick-paced, easy-to-read explanation of what goes on during a game. Sections include pitching, hitting and running, defense, and strategy. There are boxed sections with oddities and humorous insights that give the book spice. Both the advanced and the casual fan will enjoy this book.
School Library Journal
YA-Although this instructive overview is a bit complex for novices, its entertaining look at the strategies of the game will delight and educate curious readers. There are no diagrams of suggested plays and there is minimal explanation of basic terms. For avid baseball fans, however, McCarver's stories and point of view on strategy are both fun to read and informative. The authors go beyond an explanation of baseball to an interpretation of the game, often play by play. Writing with similar intent but with less emphasis on history than George Will in Bunts: Curt Flood, Camden Yards, Pete Rose and Other Reflections on Baseball, (S & S, 1998), McCarver and Peary use humor and experience as touchstones to their ideas. Together, they present baseball as a game of intellect as well as physical strength and make its plays easier to understand for TV viewers. This is an entertaining commentary that will delight fans eager to learn more about "the inside story" of baseball.-Catherine Charvat, King's Park Library, Burke, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375500855
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/24/1998
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.57(h) x 1.20(d)

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