Sale70 Sale70w Sale70m Hier klicken Jetzt informieren Book Spring Store 2017 Cloud Drive Photos UHD TVs Learn More TDZ Hier klicken HI_PROJECT BundesligaLive Fire Tablet Shop Kindle AmazonMusicUnlimited BundesligaLive longss17
Profil für Ben Walsh > Rezensionen

Persönliches Profil

Beiträge von Ben Walsh
Top-Rezensenten Rang: 7.170.232
Hilfreiche Bewertungen: 0

Richtlinien: Erfahren Sie mehr über die Regeln für "Meine Seite@Amazon.de".

Rezensionen verfasst von
Ben Walsh

Anzeigen:  
Seite: 1
pixel
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
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
von Nick Bakalar
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen A top-notch comprehensive guide, 20. Februar 2000
This is a book that badly needed to be written, and written well. Many people who watch the game on a regular basis - even relatively hard-core fans - do not necessarily know everything they think they do. Bakalar's talent lies in expressing complicated and arcane baseball minutiae concisely. For example, most respectable fans know what a balk is. Sort of. We know basically what it entails, and we can slog through the legalese in the rule book to figure it out. Bakalar sums the rule up neatly and advises the reader how to spot a balk for fun and profit. He also advises how to watch players away from the ball, and how they move in certain circumstances, how to watch the coaches and managers and how information flows between players, the dugout and the coaches' boxes.
Bakalar also brings an understated dry wit to all of his topics, and covers on-the-field details of how to defend in a possible hit-and-run situation with the same depth and tenacity as the history of Major League labor relations.
This book is probably a bit much for an absolute neophyte, but handy for almost everyone else and might even contain a few surprises or revelations for the hoariest old baseball sage.


Story of Baseball, The (2nd edition)
Story of Baseball, The (2nd edition)
von Lawrence S. Ritter
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Needs an editor, 20. Februar 2000
This book does a decent job and covers a lot of ground, from history to fielding fundamentals to famous players and records. However, it seemed rushed and somewhat shallow. A third edition of a book should *not* include blatant errors. Ty Cobb's Hall of Fame plaque may give him 4,191 hits, but the current verdict is well established at 4,189. A Cobb anecdote ("how would you bat against today's pitching?") is told wrongly. The Seattle Pilots are said now to be the Mariners, when in fact the Pilots are now the Milwaukee Brewers ... that sort of thing.
The author also has an obsession with categorizing players which he pursues in cart-before-the-horse fashion. Some players are "place hitters" and only about 5% of their hits are home runs. Some players are "power hitters" and homer in 20% of hits. Attributes are then assigned to these mystic beasts. "Power pitchers" and "control pitchers" are also introduced, and these animals MUST have certain attributes, too. Why divide batters into these armed camps instead of considering the continuums across the spectra of ability and achievement is beyond me, but he does. At length. Again. And again. Every point is made and underscored at least three times before proceeding - a condescension to the younger audience that the book does not need. The writing is clear and uncomplicated.
A decent editor who could have caught errors, questioned the writer on his occasional lapses into silliness and told him to stop repeating himself would have helped a great deal.
There are far better books out there on the subject, but for a younger fan or someone new to the game this provides a servicable introduction.


Halloween Rain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Numbered))
Halloween Rain (Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Pocket Paperback Numbered))
von Christopher Golden
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen This isn't Buffy, 30. November 1998
This book was unmitigatedly awful. There is far better Buffy writing at Internet fanfic sites. Their descriptions of Samhain were bizarre and completely made up (Celtic pumpkin kings, forsooth) and the dialogue and characterisation in no way captured the humour, inventiveness and wit loyal viewers expect. Reading this book was a teeth-grindingly terrible experience, and I am definitely going to stick to watching the TV show from now on. Joss Whedon knows what he's doing.


Seite: 1