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
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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, major league baseball's premier analyst, has been surprising and delighting viewers for years with his remarkable insight. Fans who once were content to merely watch baseball were stimulated into wanting to think baseball as well. McCarver brings to the booth a combination of twenty-one years of major league service and nearly twenty more in broadcasting. There is nobody better at explaining the game than McCarver, and it is a rare game in which the viewer does not learn something new and unusual. Now he is putting down on paper all he knows about the sport, producing this unique perspective on how America's pastime should be played and watched.
With his unmistakable wit and storytelling verve, 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?
This book is a gold mine for all fans, from brain surgeons and rocket scientists to beginners who want to start with the basics. (Even major leaguers will be able to pick up some pointers.) With a deeper knowledge and understanding of baseball, any fan will be able to watch it like a pro.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307831774
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/22/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 837,643
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

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, Zoë.

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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Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Intrepreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BconnorBC More than 1 year ago
Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro- Is a book about analyzing the game of baseball (as the title suggests). The book focuses on more of the baseball commentator's style of analyzation and how they prepare to work a game. The book covers everything from the pregame setup that McCarver went through to his work in the booth, to the important strategies and notes on the pitching and hitting out on the field. The book really covers about every inch of baseball and doesn't miss anything. That being said main focus of the book is on baseball not how to commentate it; McCarver does a really nice job of wording the book so that a regular Joe can pick up the book and learn a good bit about baseball. Now I am a baseball fanatic so I loved this book but I am not sure if it would entertain someone who doesn't like baseball, if you are a person who does not like baseball and has no intention of learning about baseball do not read this book, you will find it very boring. There are some points in the book where McCarver has a really funny story about baseball, like the one about Mike Fischlin asking a teammate (Don Mattingly) to take his bat to the All-Star game because Fischlin knew he would never make it as an All-Star. McCarver can start to drone on at some times and at other times he is very direct and to the point but for the most part the book is written very well. A thing that can be good or bad about the book is McCarver can be a little bias in his book (you can tell he is very opinionated). Overall I think this a very well written book about baseball and anyone who is interested in baseball should buy this book along with everyone who wants to have a greater understanding of baseball. McCarver's other works - The Perfect Season : Why 1998 Was Baseball's Greatest Year
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