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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Baseball Gem
If you have ever had any doubt that baseball is a slow paced, boring sport that withers in comparison to football, basketball, and hockey, then this book is definitely for you. In it, George Will explains the simple pleasures of baseball and the tremendous perfections in which it involves. He goes into great detail of the managers roles, the pitchers roles, the batters...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What a disapointment.
I put down "Men At Work" with a profound sense of disappointment. I passionately love the sport of baseball. There is no feeling quite like sitting in the stands on a hot summer night and watching two teams play nine innings. I passionately love books about baseball- David Halberstam's "October 1964" being the favorite of the genre. I liked Will's...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen What a disapointment., 10. Februar 2000
I put down "Men At Work" with a profound sense of disappointment. I passionately love the sport of baseball. There is no feeling quite like sitting in the stands on a hot summer night and watching two teams play nine innings. I passionately love books about baseball- David Halberstam's "October 1964" being the favorite of the genre. I liked Will's 1998 follow up to this book, which was published in 1990. But I did not like "Men At Work". Here's why-
"Men At Work" reads like a tech manual. Hit, run, pitch, field. Okay fine, but when one distills baseball into such an exact science the passion leaves the game. "Men At Work" makes baseball into a game of economics- put in pitcher W against hitter X because he has a Y-to-Z ratio between his groundball outs and flyball outs . . . This is not why I love baseball.
Also, after a while Will's observations become redundant. George we spent fifty pages learning about the strategy employed by Tony Gwynn in hitting, why do we have to read twenty pages recapitulating the same things from Wade Boggs?
If you want to read a good baseball book, read "October 1964" or "Bunts". Don't read "Men At Work".
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Information +, Style -, 25. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Will includes tons of fascinating insights and anecdotes, but the writing is ponderous. He seems unable to be agile in explaining anything. Statistics are frequently presented in far more volume than necessary to prove the point in question. There are misspellings and sentences which simply do not scan. This book seems to have lacked a strong, intervening editor. The result is a book at least 30% longer than it needs to be. In addition, although its 4 stars are still active in baseball, a great deal has changed since then including interleague play, smaller parks, the big home run totals, the even greater importance of the closer, the money -- this book is in big need of an update. It's also surprising that he never really addresses free agency. If he were writing it today, he would need to discuss salary cap and realignment.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen George Will can't write!, 1. September 1998
Von Ein Kunde
The book does provide some very interesting stories and the premise of the book is a good one, but George Will somehow manages to mess it up. I found the book to be very incoherent, jumping from one thing to the next with little, if any, transition. The book has everything, except good writing. I never thought I would say that about George Will, but it is true.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Baseball Gem, 19. Februar 1998
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If you have ever had any doubt that baseball is a slow paced, boring sport that withers in comparison to football, basketball, and hockey, then this book is definitely for you. In it, George Will explains the simple pleasures of baseball and the tremendous perfections in which it involves. He goes into great detail of the managers roles, the pitchers roles, the batters roles, and the fielders roles, focusing mainly on Tony LaRussa, Orel Hershieser, Tony Gwynn, and Cal Ripken respectively, but often throwing in stories of other baseball greats. Will gives tremendous insite of the finer points of the game which should be appreciated by any true sports fan. He shows how baseball is not only a game of physical skill, but of tremendous mental skill, and a little bit of luck. I found this book to be amazingly interesting and insiteful. Already being a baseball fan it taught me to enjoy the game on a whole knew level, the strategic level of it and I highly recommend it to any baseball fan, or sports fan for that matter.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Will breaks down a complex game into four manageable pieces., 10. Oktober 1997
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Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors as the coaches meet before a game, or how much sign stealing really ocurrs? The answers to these questions and much more about the behind-the-scenes goings on of the great game of baseball are in this magnificent book by the conservative political columnist George F. Will. Will takes you behind closed doors with Tony LaRussa, the best manager in the game. He also takes you to the pither's mound with Orel Hershiser, to the batter's box with Tony Gwynn, and to the shortstop's position with Cal Ripken, Jr. And when he gets you there, he explains every thing that is going on in everyone's head and he does it with stunning detail, and first-hand knowledge that will keep you begging for more after you finish. Will's book is a must have for even the casual baseball fan.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen To "SFGiants Fan", 20. Oktober 1999
Von Ein Kunde
This was one of the first books I ever read that tackled the "brains" behind baseball. Since then I've read a bunch of others, including Tom Boswell and Tim McCarver. Like the previous poster, I felt like they all had their head in the 1970s (or earlier). They were missing today's game.
The book I found that does what SFGiants Fan wants is one that talks about the modern game, talks about new stadiums and expansion and short benches and deep bullpens and closers and everything is _Off Base_ by Andrew Torrez.
Has anyone else here read _Off Base_? It seems to be "Men At Work", only for 1999, not 1985.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Timeless Look at THE Game, 16. Juli 1998
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Will's approach and in-depth analysis make this a tantalizing read for the fan. The reader will never look at a game the same way again. Every situation - from four perspectives - pitcher, batter, defense & manager. The games within the game. While the individuals Will has selected are, in some cases past their peak or retired, the book is nonetheless timeless because it is about the game, not the players. And this is one game that never changes.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen An In-depth look at professional baseball, 5. Februar 1997
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George Will (Yes, the political columnist) takes a meticulous look at the history and workings of professional baseball, describing the heroes of old and the reasons for changes that have shaped the game. Will's analysis is extremely thorough but sometimes pedantic, so have a dictionary handy. The book really captures the timeles, unchanging quality of the sport. Wasn't a page turner for me, but a good read for baseball purists
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very detailed, 29. Oktober 1997
George Will does a great job of detailing great figures in the history of baseball and the changes over the last 100+ years. The section on Tony LaRussa shows the excruciating detail that goes into what appears to be a simple game. His writing style makes the reading a little slow at times, and requires a dictionary always within reach. Still a good book for baseball fans.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Very detailed, 29. Oktober 1997
George Will does a great job of detailing great figures in the history of baseball and the changes over the last 100+ years. The section on Tony LaRussa shows the excruciating detail that goes into what appears to be a simple game. His writing style makes the reading a little slow at times, and requires a dictionary always within reach. Still a good book for baseball fans.
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