Full Count

The Education of a Pitcher
Narrated by: David Cone
Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (141 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Met and Yankee All-Star Pitcher David Cone shares lessons from the World Series and beyond in this essential 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 listeners inside the mind of a thoughtful pitcher, detailing Cone's passion, composure, and strategies. The audiobook 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.

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.

©2019 David Cone and Jack Curry (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"With a keen observational eye, David Cone provides a master's-level class on both the art and science of pitching. Chapters crackle like his trademark slider, none more so than his opus on the pitcher-catcher symbiosis." (Tom Verducci, New York Times best-selling author of The Cubs Way)

"David Cone was not only one of the smartest pitchers I ever managed, he was also a fearless competitor and a consummate teammate. Whether he was playing through pain or coming out of the bullpen for us in the World Series, his leadership and selflessness was a vital part of our four championships. In [Full Count], David Cone and Jack Curry take us on a journey of what it takes to stay mentally and physically tough enough to maintain the edge it takes to compete on a championship level year after year." (Joe Torre, number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Yankee Years)

"David Cone, one of the great pitchers of his era, takes you through his journey, complete with all the ups and downs he faced along the way. Full Count is a must read for any baseball fan." (Tom Glavine, former MLB pitcher and two-time Cy Young Award winner)

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outstanding book, glad Cone voiced it himself

outstanding book, great hearing Coney but needed to up the playback to 1.15x speed since he is a bit slow speaking.

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Hyper-smooth; perfect for any baseball fan!

This book is literally fantastic. Don't skip this. It's up there with "Cubs Way" as one of the greatest books on baseball you'll ever read. Part autobiography and part pitching lecture series. The stories shared strike a perfect ballance of fan interest and nostalgic chronicling. Any baseball fan would enjoy this book. Its hyper-smooth delivery is a major credit to both Cone and Curry, their editing team, etc., as it never waivered for a moment.

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Great COVID-19 summer listen!

Great COVID-19 summer listen in reliving the intense and thrilling moments from many Championships in his storied career! David reveals his hard-fought and tough lessons to become a major league pitcher with that glorious, balletic kick! He teaches the art of pitching with insights on the fast, curve, splitter, slider, cutter, and spitball techniques and shares fabulous personal anecdotes throughout the book. A battlefield story with huge victories; his illustrious career continues with a fulfilling post-career that carries on his passion for the game. Jays ’92!!!

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Pitching by a special pitcher

What a great story and more than that even, a great discussion on pitching and pitchers. I think any young player who wants to pitch needs to listen to this book. There is so much to learn about pitching from David Cone!

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Insightful, honest, baseball

If you’re a student of the game, the grizzled vet, or the hopeful teen I think the book appeals to all and more. David Cone and Jack Curry do an amazing job of not only telling the mechanical aspect but the psychological side of the game as well. You can pick and choose what you need and I think anyone that loves the game can learn something. It’s also a great story as well of the highs and lows of what a major league athlete faces in good or bad times. Mistakes will be made but triumphs will be had is essentially the story side of this book which makes it very diverse and, again, appealing to many audiences.

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Not your typical sports book

Loved it! Not just a recounting of his glory years, but the thought process, physiology, mentality, etc; needed to excel. Every wannabe pitcher and baseball fan must read Coney's book.

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Baseball fans will enjoy this book

I am always fascinated by the determination and passion that profession athletes possess. Especially baseball players. The season is grueling. The mental toughness you need to succeed in a game where failure is the norm. David Cone’s toughness comes through in this look at his career from the Royals to the Mets to the Yankees. Was glad to hear David narrate his own story.

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Not just a baseball book

Inside the mind of Cone plays as much to business as it does to baseball. Well done by Coney, and Jack Curry.

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inspiring pitchers

Must read for every pitcher who thinks they have MLB stuff.Its a great read thanks .

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The man knows pitching!

This was an enjoyable “listen” by D. Cone, the writing was clear and informative. Kudos to Cone and Curry.