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Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception

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Tracing the evolution of pitching and the pitcher's art of deception, Terry McDermott tells the fascinating story of baseball's 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch. Using the framework of a single game (nine chapters, nine innings, nine pitches), he explores the history of every type of pitch, combining the folk wisdom of the players with the enormous wealth of new data brought to the sport by the growing legion of statisticians who are transforming many of the sport's once sacred beliefs. As a lifelong baseball fan, McDermott approaches his subject with the love every fan brings to the park plus the expertise of a probing journalist, exploring with irrepressible enthusiasm and curiosity both the science and the romance of the game.

©2017 Terry McDermott (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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    Rohan Deshpande 11-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent listen for the serious baseball fan"

    "The most important quality in a pitcher was not his brute strength but his ability to deceive, and deception took many forms" - Michael Lewis, Moneyball.

    This book is for those of us fascinated by (perhaps obsessed with) baseball who want to know more about the thought process and execution necessitated by pitching in the majors. This book describes the intersection between talent, execution, discipline, and creativity, and provides fascinating insight into what it takes to play ball at the highest levels of the game.

    My only critiques are of the sections detailing the author's life in Iowa, and of the narration itself. The former was well written but honestly seemed to be a different book; the transitions between each narrative were pretty forced if you ask me. The latter is partly personal preference, since I thought the narrator had a very annoying voice. But some of it is the narrator's poor choices, like reading out the web URLs in footnotes (including the colon and slashes), and doing very poor accents for spanish-speaking players. These bizarre choices took me right out of the narrative and I thought the book was worse off because of them.

    All in all, the brilliant writing and interesting subject matter makes this a worthwhile listen for any baseball lover. Just... try to ignore the narrator.

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