Weaver on Strategy: The Classic Work on the Art of Managing a Baseball Team

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During his career as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Earl Weaver was called “baseball’s resident genius.” His distinctive style of managing helped his teams finish first or second thirteen times in his seventeen years as a manager. This volume reveals Weaver’s approach to the game, with a focus on how to manage a roster, a lineup, and a pitching staff. He defines the differences between running a team during a single game and managing it during an entire season. In his characteristically blunt style, Weaver...

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Overview

During his career as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Earl Weaver was called “baseball’s resident genius.” His distinctive style of managing helped his teams finish first or second thirteen times in his seventeen years as a manager. This volume reveals Weaver’s approach to the game, with a focus on how to manage a roster, a lineup, and a pitching staff. He defines the differences between running a team during a single game and managing it during an entire season. In his characteristically blunt style, Weaver explains everything from how to tell when a pitcher is tiring to how and when to argue with an umpire. Successful ball clubs still mimic his offensive strategies. Readers of this updated edition will learn new ways to think about the game as it’s played today.

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“When it comes to running a ballgame, no one did it better than Earl Weaver. And now everyone can learn how he did it.”

“Weaver talking about baseball is worth listening to twice, or even three times.”

“I learned more from Earl Weaver than anyone else I ever played for or against.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574884241
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 202
  • Sales rank: 488,429
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Pluto is one of the most prolific sportswriters of our day, writing primarily about baseball and basketball. He lives near Akron, Ohio.

Earl Weaver was enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1996 after a career marked by intensity, innovation, wit, and winning. He has done television and radio work and now lives in retirement in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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  • Posted March 21, 2015

    Great Learning Book on Baseball Strategy

    Earl Weaver explains baseball strategy in a very clear and sometimes humorous way. He lets the reader know what he feels is the right strategy for any given situation and why he feels that way. Some of his feelings reflect the basic tendencies of a baseball manager while many others reflect his personal methods of managing a team. A lot of his decisions were not "by the book" but he explains in detail why his maneuvers were actually better than what the average manager might do. Weaver shows clearly that all situations are different and his managerial decisions were made for a certain situation and for a certain time. There is a great mix of historical Baltimore Oriole personnel along with past game results that illustrate clearly his methods. Weaver goes into great detail to demonstrate how a successful baseball manager must use all of his available resources, especially his personnel, to get the most out of his team. His success as a manager indicates that there must have been a "method to his madness".

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