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

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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?
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Overview

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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375500855
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/24/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim McCarver
About the Authors

Tim McCarver is major league baseball's premier analyst, having provided his trademark blend of provocative and witty commentary to the Game of the Week, the All-Star Game, and postseason play on FOX since 1996, and to New York Mets games on WWOR since 1983. Familiar to all fans who watch baseball's jewel events, he has broadcast eight All-Star Games and nine World Series since 1984. During his twenty-one years (1959-1980) as a major league catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadel-phia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Boston Red Sox, he played in two All-Star Games and appeared in the postseason six times, including on the Cardinals' world championship teams in 1964 and 1967. He lives in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Anne. They have two daughters, Kathy and Kelly.

Danny Peary is an acclaimed sportswriter and film and television critic whose books include Cult Movies; Alternate Oscars; Cult Baseball Players; We Played the Game: 65 Players Remember Baseball's Greatest Era, 1947-1964; and Super Bowl: The Game of Their Lives. He lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York, with his wife, Suzanne. They have a daughter, Zoƫ.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments.....................................................ix
Introduction......................................................xiii
I. IN AND OUT OF THE BOOTH...........................................1
    1. The Pregame Routine...........................................3
    2. The Broadcast.................................................9
II. IN THE CLUBHOUSE................................................19
    3. The Manager..................................................21
    4. Pregame Meetings.............................................33
III. ON THE MOUND (AND BEHIND THE PLATE)............................37
    5. Introducing the Pitcher......................................39
    6. The Pitches..................................................42
    7. Deliveries and Styles That Trouble Hitters...................62
    8. The Catcher's Signs..........................................68
    9. The Catcher-Pitcher Tandem...................................73
    10. Working a Lineup............................................84
    11. Pitchers Versus Batters.....................................92
    12. The Count..................................................109
    13. Control....................................................115
    14. Umpires and the Pitching Game..............................119
    15. Avoiding Pitfalls..........................................123
    16. Mound Meetings.............................................129
    17. Relief Pitching............................................134
IV. IN THE BATTER'S BOX............................................141
    18. The Lineup.................................................143
    19. Batting Mechanics and Style................................162
    20. Bunting Mechanics..........................................176
    21. Batters Versus Pitchers....................................180
V. IN THE FIELD....................................................199
    22. Solid Defense..............................................201
    23. General Infield Play.......................................206
    24. General Outfield Play......................................233
VI. AROUND THE BASES...............................................247
    25. Smart Base Running.........................................249
    26. Stealing Bases.............................................269
    27. To Bunt or Not to Bunt.....................................279
    28. Productive Outs: As Good as a Bunt.........................288
    29. The Hit-and-Run............................................290
    30. Combating the Running Game.................................295
In the Future......................................................329
Index..............................................................331
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