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Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball Hardcover – Mar 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (March 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0026284707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0698105522
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 16.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #638,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In Men at Work, political pundit George Will breaks baseball down, parsing it into essential tasks: hitting, fielding, pitching, and managing. Why do some succeed grandly while others are more apt to whiff? By analyzing the way Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Orel Hershiser, and Tony LaRussa approach the game and do what they do, he finds striking similarities in intelligence, dedication, drive, and desire. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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In this book for the hard-core baseball fan, Will persuades such notables as Tony La Russa, Orel Hershiser and Tony Gwynn to offer details on the finer points of the game. "The author tends to retell well-known baseball history a little too often," said PW. "But as a sports journalist, he shows himself to be a master at enticing players into particularly enlightening discussions."
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Format: Paperback
As Woody Allen's dalliance with Soon Yi ruined his films for many film buffs (especially New York reviewers), George Will's penetrating and often disturbing political commentary seems to have colored Men At Work for some reviewers below. Pay them no mind. Men At Work is a brilliant distillation of the insights of several brilliant Baseball Men who Work very well indeed.
Men At Work is faintly scholarly in tone - use a dictionary if you must (I didn't need one). For us non-scholars, though, if the mechanics of baseball is of interest, this book is for you.
An Example: Tony La Russa outlines nine basic ways to run the double steal - and the defense's proper response to them all. I had no idea! We didn't get this in Little League (on the other hand they don't call it the Big Leagues for nuthin')!
Here's another: An explicit split second analysis of stealing second base - it demonstrates almost beyond doubt that you steal on the pitcher - not the catcher (which perhaps shows that Will is biased against pitchers or in favor of catchers - a form of Baseball Politics?)
Will shows that when Gywnn is (no, WAS) pulling the ball, his timing was off, and why this was true.
Men At Work is not sentimental - if you want the Boys of Summer you won't find it here. What you will find is uncommon insight from some of baseball's best presented by a clearly devoted and talented writer.
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Format: Hardcover
George Will is a witty columnist, television personality and author that has won many awards over the duration his career. He spends most of his time writing columns for Newsweek and The Washington Post. Also, he makes appearances on the ABC network commenting on political issues. My focus is on his 1990 number one best selling book that stayed on top for over two months, "Men at Work: The Craft of Baseball."

Many books are available today that focus on the game of baseball. There are all sorts of reading material obtainable if you are looking for such things as history of the game, pitching strategies, tips for hitting and the list goes on. Nobody else but George Will can bring all of these elements into one clever written piece of literature.

Will breaks his book down into four main branches of baseball. He focuses on the managing, pitching, hitting and defending aspects of the game. This is done with the help of some protracted interviews with some of baseballs legends. In the managing section he interviews Tony La Russa, one of baseballs' great all time managers. He provides insightful details on getting the winning edge over the opponent. "He is responsible for wringing the last drop of advantage from the situations that will occur in each game. To do this he must know the abilities his players have revealed in their past performances and he must have similar knowledge of the players in the opposite dugout" (Wills 7). With his vast knowledge of the game, Will certainly communicates to us how meticulous managers have to be to become successful.
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Format: Paperback
I bought this book thinking that Will would provide some of his philosphical interpretations of the outwardly lighthearted lyrics of the popular 80's band from Australia, Men At Work. I always thought there was a lot more to the band then what everyone saw on MTV, and finally, this famous, great thinker was going to tell the world what I had always known about the group. Man, was I disappointed. I read thru the first 7 pages, and there was no reference to the band. I thought he was just working up to it - describing what a complex and artful sport baseball was, and then I figured he was going to surmise that the band was like baseball, in that it was also complex and artful. But it just never happened.
My friends told me I was stupid for making that assumption, because the sub-title of the book is "the craft of baseball". But I just figured that was one of Will's typical nonsensical references - you know, like when he's talking about Clinton having sex with Monica, and then he throws in something about Sir Thomas Moore leading the Knights of Plantagenet to Victory over Hirohito's armies of Luddites or something. Who could blame me for thinking this book was Will's treatise on how the veggemite sandwich impacted the anglo-christian societies of the 80's or something?
Well anyway, if you're a serious fan of the band "Men at Work", this is not the book for you.
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Format: Paperback
George Will shows his passion for the game in this work. As a baseball fan myself I can appreciate the technical aspects of the game and therefore this work. If you are no more than a casual fan I am not sure this is the book for you. If you are an avid fan, however, or wanting to learn more about the intricacies of the game then this book is for you. In lengthy detailed interviews from some of the games best you'll learn about all the little things that go on during a baseball game that you simply can't get from a box score. Pitching, coaching, managing, defense and hitting are all covered. Will addresses them all adequately and with quality, classy athletes. A must read for any true fan, old or new. While the players are retired now it is still worth any young baseball fans read. It will give you a much greater appreciation for the game as a whole. I can't wait for Spring Training.
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