Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher

Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher

Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher

Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher


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Met and Yankee All-Star pitcher David Cone shares lessons from the World Series and beyond in this essential New York Times bestselling memoir for baseball fans everywhere.

"There was a sense about him and an aura about him. Even when he was in trouble, he carried himself like a pitcher who said, 'I'm the man out here.' And he usually was." — Andy Pettitte on David Cone.

To any baseball fan, David Cone was a bold and brilliant pitcher. During his 17-year career, he became a master of the mechanics and mental toughness a pitcher needs to succeed in the major leagues. A five-time All-Star and five-time World Champion now gives his full count — balls and strikes, errors and outs — of his colorful life in baseball.

From the pitchers he studied to the hitters who infuriated him, Full Count takes readers inside the mind of a thoughtful pitcher, detailing Cone's passion, composure and strategies. The book is also filled with never-before-told stories from the memorable teams Cone played on — ranging from the infamous late '80s Mets to the Yankee dynasty of the '90s. And, along the way, Full Count offers the lessons baseball taught Cone — from his mistakes as a young and naive pitcher to outwitting the best hitters in the world — one pitch at a time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538748831
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/14/2020
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 652,448
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

David Cone is the current color commentator for the New York Yankees on the YES Network. He made his MLB debut in 1986 and continued playing until 2003. Cone pitched the sixteenth perfect game in baseball history in 1999. He was a five-time All-Star and led the major leagues in strikeouts each season from 1990-92. A two-time 20 game-winner, he set the MLB record for most years between 20-win seasons with 10. He was a member of five World Series championship teams — 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays, and 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000 with the New York Yankees. He currently lives in New York City.

Jack Curry is an award-winning sports journalist who is an analyst on the Yankees' pre-game and post-game shows on the YES Network, where he's worked since 2010. He has won four Emmy Awards as part of YES's Yankee coverage and is also a columnist for YESnetwork.com. Before joining YES, he covered baseball for 20 seasons at the New York Times, first as a Yankee beat writer and then as a national baseball correspondent. Curry is the co-author with Derek Jeter of the New York Times bestseller The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams. He currently lives in New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Reflection 1

Chapter 1 Maniacal on the Mound 5

Chapter 2 When the Going Gets Tough 20

Chapter 3 Start Me Up 38

Chapter 4 $47 Paychecks and Sleeping on the Floor 59

Chapter 5 Kansas City, Here I Come 80

Chapter 6 Let's Go Mets 96

Chapter 7 The Dance with Catchers 133

Chapter 8 The Man in Blue Is Lurking 160

Chapter 9 Under Pressure 177

Chapter 10 No Tipping Allowed 194

Chapter 11 Setting Up Hitters 207

Chapter 12 The Pitching Lessons Never End 227

Chapter 13 The Yankees Universe: 1995-1997 246

Chapter 14 Life in Yankeeland: 1998-2000 275

Chapter 15 Anatomy of an Inning 308

Chapter 16 The Day I Was Perfect 322

Chapter 17 The Baseball Fix 332

Extra Innings

Winning the Battle with Bonds 347

Nothing but Fastballs for Cal 350

Manny Being Manny 354

Intimidated by Gwynn 357

Prime Time 360

Epilogue: Cone's Clinic 363

Acknowledgments 371

Index 375

About the Authors 387

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