Play, watch, and understand America's favorite pastime Baseball continues to be a popular game both as a spectator sport and as a pastime. Since the publication of Baseball For Dummies, 3rd Edition, baseball teams have changed, new MLB stadiums have been built, and rules have been updated. This updated 4th Edition brings you the latest information on the players, the places, and above all, the game. Baseball For Dummies is for baseball fans at all levels, from players and coaches to spectators who love the game. Baseball Hall of Fame player Joe Morgan explains baseball with remarkable insight, using down-to-earth language so everyone from the casual observer to the die-hard fan can gain a fuller appreciation of the sport. Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding Find a baseball team to play on, from Little League on up Evaluate stats, players, and records Coach baseball or umpire effectively Get more out of a trip to the ballpark The latest on baseball stats and sabermetrics Complete with Morgan's personal lists of top-ten toughest pitchers, smartest players, and most strategic managers, Baseball For Dummies gives you all the inside tips, facts, and stats so you can have Major League fun!
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Baseball 5 Chapter 1: The Lowdown on Baseball 7 Chapter 2: Suiting Up: Equipment 15 Chapter 3: Tackling the Rules of Baseball 31 Part II: Taking Your Swings — Playing Offense 43 Chapter 4: Preparing to Swing the Lumber: Life in the Batter’s Box 45 Chapter 5: Hitting Like a Major Leaguer 61 Chapter 6: The Science of Baserunning 83 Part III: The Ball in Play — Playing Defense 107 Chapter 7: Knowing the Players and Plays 109 Chapter 8: Winning the Arms’ Race: Pitching Like a Major Leaguer 123 Chapter 9: Behind the Plate: The Catcher 145 Chapter 10: Playing Infield 159 Chapter 11: Playing the Outfield: Where Fly Balls Go to Die 183 Part IV: From Little League to the Major Leagues — Organized Baseball 193 Chapter 12: T-Ball to College Baseball and Everything in Between 195 Chapter 13: The Majors, the Minors, and Other Leagues 205 Chapter 14: The Rest of the Field: Managers and Coaches 223 Chapter 15: Identifying the Rest of the Cast of Characters in the Ballpark 231 Chapter 16: Measuring Performance: Calculating Baseball’s Statistics 241 Chapter 17: Going All the Way: MLB Postseason Play and the World Series 249 Part V: The View from the Stands — A Spectator’s Guide 255 Chapter 18: Following the Bouncing Baseball 257 Chapter 19: Tackling Baseball’s Steroid Controversy 281 Chapter 20: Keeping Up Online, on the Air, and on the Newsstand 289 Chapter 21: Playing Fantasy Baseball 301 Part VI: The Part of Tens 311 Chapter 22: Joe Morgan’s Top Ten Toughest Pitchers He Batted Against 313 Chapter 23: Joe Morgan’s Ten Smartest Players 319 Appendix: Baseball Speak: A Glossary 325 Index 347
Joe Morgan played on two Cincinnati Reds World Series championship teams and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Richard Lally has written numerous popular books on baseball and other subjects, including Bombers: An Oral History of the New York Yankees and Have Glove, Will Travel (which he co-authored with for Major League pitcher Bill Lee).
Learn to: Improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding Evaluate stats, players, and records Become a more effective coach Get more out of a trip to the ballpark Your complete guide to baseball, the great American pastime Take me out to the ballgame! There’s nothing as American as baseball. With this great guide, you’ll get a complete overview of the game, from tips to improve your hitting, pitching, and fielding to details on equipment, rules, and the game as it’s played from the Little Leagues to the Major Leagues. Before your first at-bat — discover the history of this great game, the rules of play, and the equipment you’ll need to get ready to go Take your swings — find out how to grip and rip the bat in the batter’s box, how to take a stance, how to make contact, and how to follow-through to ensure you get a base hit The ball in play — get the scoop on flashing the leather like a pro with tips on the various positions and how to play good defense From little league to the big leagues — uncover the latest on all levels of baseball from the Little Leagues, college baseball, foreign leagues, the minor leagues, and Major League Baseball The top dog — read about the many roles of a general manager and how his actions can greatly affect how an MLB team performs The spectator’s guide — know how to measure your favorite players’ performances and find out how to get the most from your trip to the ballpark Open the book and find: An overview to help you gear up like a Major Leaguer Rules that dictate playing the game The nuances of hitting, from grip to batting stance How to run the bases like a pro Fielding tips to help you play defense like an all-star In-depth secrets on pitching and playing catcher Updated information on the amateur draft The impact of steroids on baseball Revised specs about the MLB ballparks