"Joe Morgan again shows himself a rare bird: an ex-jock with
savvy and the ability to communicate it."
"This book has something for everybody, from longtime fans to
--New York Newsday
Baseball For Dummies, Third Edition, is for baseball fans at all
levels, from players and coaches to spectators who love the game.
Baseball Hall of Fame player and ESPN baseball analyst Joe Morgan
explains baseball with remarkable insight, using down-to-earth
language so everyone from the casual observer to the die-hard fan
can gain a fuller appreciation of the sport. This updated edition
* Everything you need to know about the game, from what it takes to
play each position and how to hit and run the bases to what to
watch for in the game and how to appreciate the finer points of the
* Coverage of new star players, new stadiums, and game
* The lowdown on today's baseball Web resources
* The latest on stats and sabermetrics
* The inside story on the new steroid rules
From how to throw a knuckleball or hit an inside pitch to how to
keep a scorecard or pick a winning fantasy league team, Morgan
covers all the bases, showing you how to get the most out of the
game. You'll see how to:
* Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding
* Find a team to play on, from Little League on up
* Evaluate stats, players, and records
* Coach or umpire effectively
* Get more out of a trip to the ballpark
Complete with Morgan's personal lists of top-ten pitchers,
fielders, and relievers, as well as new quotes from Derek Jeter and
Keith Hernandez, Baseball For Dummies gives you all the inside
tips, facts, and stats so you can play like a Major Leaguer!
Joe Morgan played on two Cincinnati Reds World Series championship teams; he is now a baseball analyst for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball. Richard Lally is a prolific sportswriter and author.
From the contents: Foreword. Introduction. PART I: Getting Started (Before Your First At-Bat). PART II: Taking Your Swings: How to Play the Game. PART III: From Little League to the Major Leagues: Organized Baseball. PART IV: We Don't Care if We Ever Get Back: A Spectator's Guide. PART V: The Part of Tens. PART VI: Appendixes. Appendix A: Baseball Speak: A Glossary. Appendix B: Baseball Organizations. Index
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