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4.0 von 5 Sternen An immense amount of baseball
McCarver pretty much covers all the bases in this book. He talks about everything, pitching, hitting, fielding, managing, running, broadcasting, etc. I was overwhelmed by the book, eventually skimming through the last 50 pages, and intending to pick it up again next season. My criticism is that a few pictures could've helped a lot, especially with describing how...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This book needed a good editor before it was published.
I bought this book based on the other, glowing reviews posted here at amazon.com, and a quick look at the book in a real bookstore. McCarver's own comments on his book are your best guide to its charms and problems. He says that he started out to write a book about broadcasting baseball games on Fox, then got off into other elements of baseball strategy. That...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen This book needed a good editor before it was published., 24. September 1998
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I bought this book based on the other, glowing reviews posted here at amazon.com, and a quick look at the book in a real bookstore. McCarver's own comments on his book are your best guide to its charms and problems. He says that he started out to write a book about broadcasting baseball games on Fox, then got off into other elements of baseball strategy. That statement is correct: McCarver starts off on stuff that probably doesn't interest 90% of his readers (for example, where the cameras are located in most ballparks and what they're used for on Fox) and then discusses the defense from position to position, the types of pitches, base-runners and what they should do, etc., throwing in lots of stories about Carlton and Gibson along the way. The book moves through everything in an excess of detail, providing often insufficient information about some things (like exactly what a "two-seam" vs. a "four-seam" fastball looks and moves like) and restating other things too many times, like how competitive Bob Gibson was. The book ends abruptly, leaving the reader wondering if McCarver just got tired of writing and refused to "wrap it up" by writing a conclusion. Overall, the material herein is interesting but excessively complete, as it were. A good editor could have taken what is here, cut about 10%, reorganized the rest, and had a real gem. As it is, I'll call it an uncut diamond, and give it three stars, barely. A better choice for almost everyone would be Hernandez's _Pure Baseball,_ if you haven't read that yet.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An immense amount of baseball, 30. November 1998
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McCarver pretty much covers all the bases in this book. He talks about everything, pitching, hitting, fielding, managing, running, broadcasting, etc. I was overwhelmed by the book, eventually skimming through the last 50 pages, and intending to pick it up again next season. My criticism is that a few pictures could've helped a lot, especially with describing how various pitches are gripped, and the motion of those pitches. I especially liked the fact that it's new. The best baseball books are frequently the newest ones - a book on baseball strategy written in 1975 will not be as meaningful as a book that names Clemens, Maddux, Mac, Griffey, etc, to point out which players do things well.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Simply The Best..., 14. Juni 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro (Taschenbuch)
I'm a huge baseball fan and I've read my share of baseball books. However, I've never read one that was this insightful and informative.
McCarver does an excellent job analyzing baseball strategy. I didn't agree with everything he said, but he made me think more about baseball strategy than I ever have.
As an aspiring broadcaster, I also appreciated his discussion on broadcasting. I was at a Mets game recently and I found myself keying in on the cameras and guessing which camera was in use at a given moment.
This book isn't for the newcomer trying to pick up the game. It is for the hardcore baseball fan, the fan that already thinks about the game on a higher level.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Who edited this thing?, 5. Oktober 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro (Taschenbuch)
This book needs an editor. Did they just let McCarver ramble on and type what he said word for word? You literally drown in McCarver's stream of consciousness. There is no organization of thought. Ideas do not flow from one topic to the next. I gave it two stars because I feel there is information to be found in this book if you are willing to wade through the rest of the mess. It's not McCarver's fault, he's a baseball guy, not a writer or publisher. Check it out from your local library and save yourself the money. I'm returning my copy.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book is the epitamy of baseball literature., 4. April 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro (Taschenbuch)
I bought this book because I thought that I would learn some of the tricks announcers use to make the game sound interesting. I already new a lot about baseball, but after reading this book I now know about everything there is to know about our "National Pastime." I would reccomend this book to anyone looking for a greater knowledge of baseball.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent baseball reference, 15. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro (Taschenbuch)
The book gets off on the wrong foot talking too much about TV broadcasts (which camera does what, etc) - skip those chapters.
Tim McCarver is a fountain of information. This book is hardly a classic, but take it for what it is - anything you want to know about baseball strategy is in this book. I recommend it to all *serious* baseball fans
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A baseball book that is very different..., 7. April 1998
This is a unique and wonderful look at baseball at the end of the century. The book is funny, on the mark and the most educational sports book I've ever read. McCarver truly teaches the fan, both experienced as well as the novice, so much about the inner game - not talking stats here - that one feels that you have earned a P.H.d in baseball when you complete the book. Timmy McCarver is not only baseball's best brain, but he's its best teacher as well. If you think you know baseball - read this book - you'll learn a heck of a lot more. And most of all, it's fun!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A baseball book that is very different..., 5. April 1998
This is a unique and wonderfull look at baseball at the end of the century. It's funny, on the mark and the most educational sports book I've ever read. The book truly teaches the fan (experienced or novice) so much about the inner game - not talking stats here - that one feels that you've earned a Phd in baseball when you complete the book. Tim McCarver is not only baseball's best brain, he's its best teacher as well. If you think you know baseball - read this book - you'll learn a hell of a lot more. And most of all - it's fun!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Turgid, lifeless, repetitive boredom, 22. Mai 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans: Understanding and Interpreting the Game So You Can Watch It Like a Pro (Taschenbuch)
It takes an expert - maybe even a brain surgeon - to make such an interesting topic so monumentally, colossally boring.
McCarver does what many former players do when writing about baseball - they assume that their years of experience are the last word, and that no other approach is of any value. After all, he played for 21 years, didn't he? (And that's about how long it seems to take to read this thing.) This failing, on its own, is not so bad - after all, we read books by veteran players because we value their experience and insight - but coupled with some others, it is a disaster.
First off, this book has precious little to do with being able to "watch" the game. It has a lot to do with critiquing training styles, different conventions and techniques. It has a lot to do with what pitch to throw on what count under what circumstance - but it's all for coaches and managers, not for those who want to watch and understand the game.
Then, McCarver's hubris is compounded by his egocentrism. Naturally, any fan understands the unique position of the catcher and the catcher-pitcher dynamic in the game of baseball. However, McCarver isn't content to point this out once. He has a chapter on The Catcher. Then a chapter on the Battery. Then a chapter on Working the Count. I wish I was making this up. The next chapter is about "Working the Lineup" but by that stage if you haven't hurled the book across the room in a fit of frustrated boredom then you have the patience of a saint: every single chapter is the same! It's all about calling pitches! Even his chapters about how to bat are about how the catcher behind you is calling pitches!
By the time you've got to the 700th description of what pitch you might call in a 3-0 count only this time with a man on 3rd but a left-handed pitcher whose birth sign is Taurus, the eyes have long since glazed over. All the fun, passion and intellect of the game is drained and replaced with dull rambling and repetition interspersed with the most unfunny - or just incomprehensible - anecdotes imaginable. There comes a point when the reader turns a page and the eye quails before the sight of two new pages of tedium, and looks for relief to the little cut-out box that should contain a morsel of interest to tide one through.
The box will contain a story about the one time that McCarver and some guy you've never heard of were arguing about what pitch to call under what circumstance and how McCarver wanted a fastball or something. It's positively Kafkaesque in its torture of the reader.
If you want a fun, well-edited, well-written guide to how to watch the game like an expert, look no further than Nick Bakalar's "The Baseball Fan's Companion: How to Master the Subtleties of the World's Most Complex Team Sport and Learn to Watch the Game Like an Expert". Leave this one to a morose brain surgeon.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I Love Watching Baseball on TV Now!, 22. Juni 1998
I always thought I was a baseball "FAN" .[ I followed the Mets since I was a kid in little league.] After reading this book I can watch a baseball game on TV intelligently. McCarver has transformed me into a TRUE FAN. The book includes WHAT to look for when watching a game on TV and how the manager will/should react. I began to notice the pitch locations, catcher's role, the batting stances, lineups, pitch count and fielding positions. I sit back and try to guess what pitch will be thrown or how a manger will react in a given situation. Baseball is a game of strategy not just hit the ball and run. In the past I always loved going to the baseball park [Shea] and watching a game. I found watching a baseball game on TV to be very boring- NOT ANY MORE! I truly enjoy watching ANY baseball game on TV. In addition, I enjoyed the short vignettes located thoughout the book. They were informative and humorous.
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