Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks

Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks❮Reading❯ ➶ Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks Author Zack Hample – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Whether you re a major league couch potato, life long season ticket holder, or teaching game to a beginner, Watching Baseball Smarter leaves no territory uncovered In this smart and funny fan s guide Whether you re a major league Smarter: A ePUB ¹ couch potato, life long season ticket holder, or teaching game to a beginner, Watching Baseball Smarter leaves no territory uncovered In this smart and funny fan s guide Hample explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will surprise even the most informed viewers of our national pastimeWhat is the difference between a slider and a curveball At which stadium did The Wave first make an appearance How do some hitters use iPods to improve their Watching Baseball PDF/EPUB or skills Which positions are neverplayed by lefties Why do some players urinate on their hands Combining the narrative voice and attitude of Michael Lewis with the compulsive brilliance of Schott s Miscellany, Watching Baseball Smarter will increase your understanding and enjoyment of the sport no matter what your level of expertise Zack Hample is an obsessed fan and a regular writer for minorleaguebaseball He s collected nearly , baseballs from major league games and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows His first book, How to Snag Major League Baseballs, was Baseball Smarter: A eBook ¸ published in. Here s the deal This book is like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.For some of you it will be too technical for others, it will not tell you anything that you didn t already know I can t predict if you will like it.I liked it a lot I really appreciate how Hample a master of baseball stats didn t assume anything about my knowledge except that I wanted to knowI am not what Hample terms a serious Geek I like to watch baseball and I can t tell you how many hundreds of games I ve seen Here s the deal This book is like Goldilocks and the Three Bears.For some of you it will be too technical for others, it will not tell you anything that you didn t already know I can t predict if you will like it.I liked it a lot I really appreciate how Hample a master of baseball stats didn t assume anything about my knowledge except that I wanted to knowI am not what Hample terms a serious Geek I like to watch baseball and I can t tell you how many hundreds of games I ve seen and I like the drama and stories of baseball..and this book has none of that It, instead, has all the rules all the techniques pitching, batting, base running, fielding, etc facts about statistics and a valuable glossary of baseball slang Here is a typical entry concerning communication between the pitcher and the catcher Unfortunately, the pitcher and catcher sometimes confuse themselves instead of the runner When the pitcher isn t sure what he s supposed to throw, he requests the signs again If the catcher gets crossed up, possibly getting handcuffed by a fastball or failing to drop to his knees in time to block a breaking ball in the dirt, he ll head to the mound to review the signs and when he does, he ll leave his mask on or hold his glove in front of his face to prevent the other team from reading his lips.4 Then he might explain that the third series of signs he flashes, not the second, is the one in effect, and that if he swipes the dirt with his right hand, it means he s going to start over And if he throws the ball back to the mound from his crouch, it means he wants the same pitch again no matter what signs he gives And don t miss inside to this batter because he likes the ball in And hurry up because I m meeting a girl at the hotel bar at 11 and I plan on taking a shower beforehand But don t stress out because you still have a three run lead And so on I have baseball books on team history, world series, outstanding players, ballparks, greatest plays and teams This book will remain on my shelves long after many of those are passed on to others It is that useful and easy to locate what you want to know This book meanders through the world of baseball, dropping short anecdotes, statistics, opinions, and other items meant to make you say Gee whiz, I didn t know that This is told with a light touch, mildly humorous throughout It seems quite similar to a book on baseball I previously read that had been sold at a Hallmark card store As a baseball fan, I knew or at least was passingly familiar with a large majority of the stories, like why stadiums are different, and why rules are the way they This book meanders through the world of baseball, dropping short anecdotes, statistics, opinions, and other items meant to make you say Gee whiz, I didn t know that This is told with a light touch, mildly humorous throughout It seems quite similar to a book on baseball I previously read that had been sold at a Hallmark card store As a baseball fan, I knew or at least was passingly familiar with a large majority of the stories, like why stadiums are different, and why rules are the way they are I was very surprised, given my audiobook source says that this book was from 2017, that the book dissed the concept of video call reviews, saying that will never happen, and waxed eloquently on the strategic use of multiple trips to the pitcher to waste time, etc that have changed in pro baseball rules over the past few years Ends up this book was first released in 2007, and some of the things that it says to make you a smarter baseball watcher are now totally incorrect If you are a beginner, you won t know what is still correct and what isn t, and if you are acasual but up to date fan, these just look like mistakes It is a shame these new versions of the audiobook were released without updating the changes in baseball, or at least without a notice about the actual age of the content I took stars off because of this, and because it wasn t really written for the deeply serious geeks Had this book been about a sport I know less about, like women s gymnastics, with the same odd details and snarky opinions, I probably would have ranked it higher as I liked the voice of the author This book says that it is aimed at people who know enough about baseball to know what a line drive is, but not enough to know muchthan that, and it pretty much delivers exactly what it claims I enjoyed reading it it was fast, full of fun little tid bits and asides, and as a neophite baseball fan, I finally understood what a squeeze play is and not only what the infield fly rule is but why the rule exists.That said, about 75% of the information in the book I had already picked up just by This book says that it is aimed at people who know enough about baseball to know what a line drive is, but not enough to know muchthan that, and it pretty much delivers exactly what it claims I enjoyed reading it it was fast, full of fun little tid bits and asides, and as a neophite baseball fan, I finally understood what a squeeze play is and not only what the infield fly rule is but why the rule exists.That said, about 75% of the information in the book I had already picked up just by watching games over the past year, and there are long stretches where the book reads like its aimed at 8 year olds A few sections feel like filler If parts seemed too simplistic for ME and I still can t quite match every team to the correct league , then most ball fans don t need this The subtitle of this well crafted work A Professional Fan s Guide for Beginners, Semi Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks For the first two categories, right on Geeks are not going to learn a whole lot that they already do not know That aside, though, this is a nice work Examples of what is in some of the chapters Chapter 2 focuses on Pitchers and Catchers The first part of the chapter describes basic pitches and how they are thrown fastball, curveball, slider, change up, split finge The subtitle of this well crafted work A Professional Fan s Guide for Beginners, Semi Experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks For the first two categories, right on Geeks are not going to learn a whole lot that they already do not know That aside, though, this is a nice work Examples of what is in some of the chapters Chapter 2 focuses on Pitchers and Catchers The first part of the chapter describes basic pitches and how they are thrown fastball, curveball, slider, change up, split finger fastball, knuckleball, screwball, spitball naughty, naughty , eephus, and gyroball does it even exist Each is described, with a bit of humor added here and there Chapter 5 explores Fielding There are brief descriptions of what each position has to do As an old second baseman, I enjoyed reading about the basics of the double play and so on Chapter 6 examines Stadiums but should this not be Stadia, to use the proper Latin term One of theenjoyable features is the description of some unique fields Think Fenway Park or Wrigley Field But why not talk about the cool stadium in Cleveland Chapter 9 takes a peek at Random Stuff to Know E.g., Why K for strikeout on scorecards What about uniform numbers The seventh inning stretch And so on This book is a lot of fun Even hard core baseball fans might enjoy it for its style, even though they may not learn a great deal that is new For beginners and intermediate fans, though, this will be quite a pleasure Matthew I loved this book I like this book because it had things like how much time a hitter has to hit a 90 mph fastball, witch a hitter has 0.40 seconds to decide if he is going to swing or not, and sometimes the has a lot of movement on it Or when the infield fly rule doesn t count when there is not anyone on base I think if you just started watching baseball, you should not read this book because you will be really confused on some of the words like slurve witch is a combintion of a sli Matthew I loved this book I like this book because it had things like how much time a hitter has to hit a 90 mph fastball, witch a hitter has 0.40 seconds to decide if he is going to swing or not, and sometimes the has a lot of movement on it Or when the infield fly rule doesn t count when there is not anyone on base I think if you just started watching baseball, you should not read this book because you will be really confused on some of the words like slurve witch is a combintion of a slider and a curveball it is a really good reference book I loved this book Great book for baseball fans An excellent look at the dynamics of baseball As the title indicates, a helpful book for all levels of knowledge of the game The book also contains well done graphics A book I would recommend for the student of the game who wishes to test their knowledge and perhaps learn something new. Very approachable and full of interesting and weird facts about baseball. If you love baseball and like knowing all the nicks and carnies of Americas past time this is the book for you , from all the baseball teams to what the players eat before the game its an in depth of the game behind the game. Full review at the last few years, I have become increasingly obsessed with baseball I love it, but I am definitely an amateur in terms of my understanding of the game I ve come to appreciate that baseball is played on many simultaneous levels There s the simple movement of the players through the bases, and the strikes and balls and outs But there s also strategy in the pitches, the communication between the catchers and pitcher, the simple act of Full review at the last few years, I have become increasingly obsessed with baseball I love it, but I am definitely an amateur in terms of my understanding of the game I ve come to appreciate that baseball is played on many simultaneous levels There s the simple movement of the players through the bases, and the strikes and balls and outs But there s also strategy in the pitches, the communication between the catchers and pitcher, the simple act of rubbing dirt onto a ball before throwing it There s strategy around quick decisions, like where a second baseman steps on base when he has a runner sliding in There s a world of statistics to measure every aspect of a player s performance There are rule changes and weird stadiums and gestures and a whole vocabulary of baseball terms that you need to know to really understand the game.Thanks to Zack Hample s Watching Baseball Smarter, I have a much better appreciation for the game His book is readable, entertaining, and full of information about baseball, from umpires and pitchers to fielders, hitting, stadiums and stats I didn t understand everything in the book the anatomy of pitches seems to be outside my grasp , but I followed most of it, and retained quite a bit I ve been watching some 2016 pre season games, and I already see a big difference in how I watch and what I notice.A few caveats 1 Watching Baseball Smarter is probably too basic for the deeply serious geeks and semi experts the subhead suggests that it s for For someone like me, it was perfect It reinforced what I already knew and introduced me to a lot that I didn t.2 It s outdated It was written in 2007 and could use an update.3 There are a lot of baseball terms that Hample uses throughout the book but only defines in the glossary This can be annoying, because you have to keep flipping back and forth to the glossary as you re reading.4 There is a lot of information here Sometimes it can be a bit much to absorb.I am glad to have read Watching Baseball Smarter and plan to keep it on hand to refer to as the season evolves I recommend it for casual baseball fans like me who want to take their viewing to the next level I m going to give it to my 11 year old daughter to read next, and I think she ll enjoy it too Maybe you have a fan in your life who would enjoy this resource as well

Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for
  • Paperback
  • 272 pages
  • Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
  • Zack Hample
  • English
  • 26 November 2019
  • 0307280322