• Watching Baseball Smarter

  • A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
  • By: Zack Hample
  • Narrated by: Barry Abrams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 10-24-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

Regular price: $27.99

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Publisher's Summary

This smart and funny fan's guide to baseball explains the ins and outs of pitching, hitting, running, and fielding, while offering insider trivia and anecdotes that will appeal to anyone - whether you're a major league couch potato, lifelong season ticket-holder, or a beginner.

  • What 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 skills?
  • Which positions are never played 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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2007 Zack Hample (P)2017 Tantor

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  • Donald
  • Seal Beach, CA, United States
  • 09-19-18

NOT FOR BASEBALL GEEKS

I know Baseball very well, with one or two exceptions this book didn't teach me anything I didn't already know. If you're just starting to watch the game it's probably well worth your while, otherwise look for something else. For an actual Baseball Geek (like this book implies it would be good for), look to Brian Kenny's "Ahead Of The Curve", a great book for fans to learn about Sabermetrics and the new way that baseball is done.

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good book!

lots of stuff I didn't know about the game and subtle nuances I never realized

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No New Information

This is an overview of rules and statistics that is already well known to baseball fans. I would only recommend to new baseball fans.

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Needs updates

I read the book years ago when it came out. It is a great overview of the game and really does make the reader baseball smarter. But, baseball evolves and this book needs some minor updates to maintain relevancy. Overall, I was still happy to listen - a very easy and quick and enjoyable time!