"This isn't the first book to take on the challenge of explaining baseball intricacies, but I've never seen it done better. . . . When it comes to producing 'aha moments' of baseball enlightenment, the book indeed has a high batting average." --The Seattle Times "Hample calls himself an obsessed fan--obsessed in a good way--and the product of his torment is a funny and informative guide for all levels of fans." --Yankees Magazine "Engaging. . . . Hample's book is both deceptive in its simplicity (the basic rules, but also the ten different ways a pitcher can commit a balk) and surprising in its range." --Fortune. Zack Hample has written three books about baseball and has appeared on dozens of TV and radio shows. He has snagged more than 4,600 baseballs from 48 different major league stadiums.  Hample runs a business called "Watch With Zack" and has a popular blog, The Baseball Collector, chronicling his obsession.  http://www.zackhample.com. An obsessed baseball fan celebrates his love of the American pastime while sharing important information on the ins and outs of the game, from the difference between a split finger fastball and a forkball, why the first-base coach uses a stopwatch, incredible feats, obscure rules, pitching and hitting, fielding, umpires, and more. Original.
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A home run! Baseball can be a difficult sport for newcomers to get into, I certainly found this. Initially knowing the basics like balls and strikes etc is one thing, but a deeper knowledge is needed to truly get into this game. This book definitely gives you most everything you need to get started. It takes you through the rules in an easy to understand way, its a lighthearted read and will have you enjoying games so much more. I’m now a full fledged baseball geek with my own fantasy league and a subscription to mlb.tv. Can’t recommend thus book enough. If you want to get into this fantastic sport then this is where to start. You’ll definitely be watching baseball smarter.
A Smarter Book. What this book has to offer the Baseball fan, is amazing, as it covers everything and beyond. 10 Chapters, covers the following.1. The Basics, 2 Pitchers and Catchers, 3. Hitting, 4. Base running, 5. Fielding, 6. Stadiums,. 7. Umpires,. 8. Statistics,. 9 Random Stuff To Know, 10. Random Stuff To Notice. Glossary: . Baseball Slang (A-.Z). More Statistics, . Uniform Numbers. Acknowledgments, . If you want to own and read a book all about watching Baseball then this is a must own, fits in your pocket with great ease. Once you buy it you will not be disappointed.
Essential Reading I recently got into Baseball and was desperate for a book aimed at people who really know very little about it. I knew the basics, such as the difference between a ground out and a fly out, but wanted to put some substantial meat on the bones. I purchased this book, together with baseball for dummies and beyond batting average. This book was fantastic, the other 2 have their strong points, but for anyone in a similar position to me, they should buy this book now. It guides you not just through the rules, but also such useful stuff as how the draft works (so different from NFL draft which i am much more familiar with,) what/why players chew and what pine tar is. Having read this book I feel i can sit and watch ESPN America all day long and actually understand what I am watching. At it's most basic level Baseball is a very simple game, it's just been Americanised to make it seem complicated. This book kind of breaks down these barriers by explaining it all in plain English. Very highly recommended.
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