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Baseball For Dummies [Paperback]

Joe Morgan , Richard Lally , Sparky Anderson
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Table of Contents

Foreword xxv

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started (Before Your First At-Bat) 7

Chapter 1: What Is Baseball? 9

Chapter 2: Suiting Up: Equipment 19

Chapter 3: The Rules of the Game33

Part II: Taking Your Swings: How to Play the Game 45

Chapter 4: Training: Getting into Baseball Shape 47

Chapter 5: Swinging the Lumber: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer 71

Chapter 6: Winning the Arms Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer 111

Chapter 7: The Third Dimension: Defense 127

Chapter 8: The Science of Baserunning189

Chapter 9: Joe's Baseball Playbook 213

Part III: From Little League to the Major Leagues: Organized Baseball 241

Chapter 10: T-Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between 243

Chapter 11: The Minors and Other Leagues 249

Chapter 12: There Are Tricks to This Game: Coaching 261

Chapter 13: Men in Blue: Umpiring Like a Professional 267

Chapter 14: Major-League Baseball 273

Chapter 15: Off-the-Field Baseball Jobs and How to Snag Them 277

Chapter 16: Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball's Statistics 283

Chapter 17: Going All the Way: Postseason Play and the World Series 291

Part IV: We Don't Care if We Ever Get Back: A Spectator's Guide 297

Chapter 18: Following the Bouncing Baseball 299

Chapter 19: Keeping Up with the Show: Baseball Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand 321

Chapter 20: Fantasy Baseball 331

Part V: The Part of Tens 341

Chapter 21: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Players and His All-Time All-Star Team 343

Chapter 22: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Pitchers 351

Chapter 23: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Fielders 355

Chapter 24: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Current Relievers 359

Chapter 25: Joe Morgan's Ten Negro League Legends 363

Chapter 26: Ten Things to Love about Baseball 369

Chapter 27: Ten Baseball Nicknames That Hit the Mark 373

Chapter 28: Joe Morgan's Top Ten Future Stars 379

Part VI: Appendixes 383

Appendix A: Baseball Speak: A Glossary 385

Appendix B: Baseball Organizations 405

Index 415

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