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Keith Hernandez ò 1 READWrite it down to my level it would ve been 2000 pages longBaseball is only a game as chess is only a game it s all about mindfucking the other fellow not just
you are pitcher making the schmuck with the stick swallow anything you gonna serve him but the manager the outfielder the unner and yes the batter as Hernandez showed on the field and in this bookHe tells us the story of 2 games one week apart in June 93 a close one between the Phillies and the Braves at Veteran Stadium and a ten inning 3h40min affair at Yankee Stadium against the Tigers How much you can learn from just two egular season ball games featuring American League style and National League style play grass and artificial turf sluggers and slap hitters fundamentals well executed and others thoroughly botched shrewd managerial moves an a few dubious onesTwo games he watched from the comfort of my living oom with the sound off not as much fun as going to the ballpark and it makes it tougher to follow some aspects such as the defense but TV is the perfect way to watch the pitch selection and analyze an at bat And analyze he does one pitch at a timeIf he s made my post season enjoyable I ll increase the ating Promise Keith Hernandez breaks down two egular seasons games from 1993 pitch by pitch and interjects anecdotes and lessons learned from his own 17 year career I ve ead a lot of baseball books but this was a uniue perspective and it totally works because Hernandez is an excellent observer and teacher of the game as evidenced by his work announcing Mets games with former teammate Ron Darling who he surprisingly criticized a bit about nibbling with two strikes in this book I ve ead both Hernandez s and Darling s books this off season and while Darlings was a nice ead about the inner workings of the game egarding pressure and failure Hernandez s was far interesting of a deep dive into baseball strategy that will actually change the way I look at certain strategies during a game this season Do a search about baseball books or even best baseball books You ll get a lot of good books Ball Four The Boys of Summer Eight Men Out The Glory of their Time The Soul of Baseball a personal favourite or mine Those are fine books They are not baseball "Books They Are Biographies They Tell Personal Or Historical Stories " They are biographies They tell personal or historical stories share the lives and actions of those who played or promoted or watched the game of baseball But they are not about baseballThere are exceptions Occasionally you ll get someone to share a detail about the game itself like how it felt standing in front of this or that player but it s always in order to tell the story and the story isn t baseballSometimes you ll get a book like Moneyball which isn t a baseball book but an economicbusiness story written by an economybusiness writer that actually details integral parts of the game like taking pitches or the way statistics translate to on field performance However those still do it for a eason outside of the game itself like detailing why a certain player was better or why batting averages doesn t matter when trading for players And then there are the books about baseball how to hit how to pitch etc Those usually lack anything that makes the non baseball books entertaining as they tend to be dry laconic and full of technical stuff I would ve loved to sit with Ted Williams and have him talk hitting but his Science of Hitting is way too much science and not enough hitting as in the batter and pitcher duel of physics and psychology K by Tyler Kepner is another good example It s supposed to be about pitches but eally it s not about them at all but about pitchers and their stories and howif you are
they won or lost games with a pitch and who learned from who If in Williams book you learn nothing aboutwon or lost games with a pitch and who learned from who If in Williams book you learn nothing about hitter and a lot about hitting in K you learn. Se stealing lineups umpiring etiuette double steal undowns hit and uns signals infield shifts and His most intense and incisive analysis however is saved for the psychology of the pitcher hitter duels No matter where you are watching you will never again see the game in the same way PlayboyKeith Hernandez it turns out is even smarter than we thought he was in the Mets' glory years All the subtleties of baseball are evealed as the two games unfold Mr Hernandez's opinions and pet peeves intentional walks early inning sacrifices throwing fastballs to prevent stolen bases large
I thought I was a fan of the game before this book I could not have been wrong
After eading this book I became a true for this wonderful maddening beautiful andreading book I became a true fanatic for this wonderful maddening beautiful and game Mr Hernandez shows the eader that baseball is not just a physical gamebut a mental one as well Because of his breakdown of the pitchercatcher vs batter matchup I actually oot for low scoring pitching duels A great guide to the serious baseball fan about pitches selected count unners etc A bit much for a new fan Pretty much pure baseball theory in the form of Keith Hernandez watching two games circa summer 93 I think and breaking them down pitch by pitch What pitch counts does the hit and un work on Keith is happy to explain This is or less like listening to him call a game I suspect it was kind of an audition tape though without the drama of an actual game or his delicious ever present semi snark Keith definitely loses narrative momentum freuently If you love the nature of the game of baseball it s structure it s strategies set plays and what is going through the minds of every player and manager on the field eading this book is an unparalleled experience Kieth Hernandez covers two games Philadelphia versus Atlanta in the National League and Detroit versus New York in the American League played one week apart in June 1993In this case covering the games means a pitch by pitch commentary on what is going on in the game It is fascinating to hear his descriptions critiues and his guesses on what is going to happen nextHernandez takes side trips to explain some elements of baseball including a 10 page explanation of the hit and unI am eading this for the second time and enjoying it all the Hernandez has a good sense of humor writes in a light hearted but knowledgeable way and shows both his love for and knowledge of the game This is a great alternative take to analyzing baseball from Big Data Baseball that I ead earlier this year Actually those two names pretty much sum it up while that was Big Data Baseball this book analyzes Pure Baseball Despite approaching this book with a modern head to the game I still found there was a lot to love about Keith Hernandez analysis First and foremost Big Data Baseball can be enjoyed without ever watching a game That book highlights how statistics can overlay over the game to make a not so great team much betterBut this isn t a eview of Big Data Baseball and further Pure Baseball cannot be enjoyed without ever watching a game If you don t enjoy watching every pitch of every at bat I guarantee you are not going to enjoy eading about them But if you do Keith Hernandez offers perspective that not many people get to have straight out of the mouth of someone who stood on the plate and watched how players were positioned for him Sometimes you can catch Keith doing things that the BDB folks would look down on like having a feeling about where to position against a specific player but even then he offers his analysis on why those gut feelings occur While some of the advice might be out of date I still feel like my analysis of the minute aspects of the game is much stronger I also enjoyed eading about some big Yankee names as I am from New York like Bernie Paul O Neill and of course Wade Boggs Even hearing Keith describe some of his contemporaries is fun such as is his espect for Johnny Bench Wade Boggs and Nolan RyanThis was a good ead Only gave this book 3 stars but that s a eflection on my limitations than on those of Hernandez bookI want to press this book into the hands of anyone finds the game less exciting than football not that they e gonna like it but they ll get a feel for what they e missing that s why the average ating BTW the acute feeling of what I m missing this book is so far out of my league I guess if he d taken the pain to. Former All Star Keith Hernandez teaches even the most learned fan a thing or two about baseball with his unparalleled insight into all aspects of the game from the action in the bullpen to the positioning on the field to the plays at the platePraise for Pure BaseballWe have never seen the game scrutinised with such care and detail Hernandez provides commentary on two ball games in the 1993 season a Philles Braves match up and an extra innings battle between the Tigers and the Yankees He examines the overall strategies of the game and offers good analyses of fielding techniues ba. A lot about pitchers but nothing about pitching And neither book talks about how those two interweave and develop throughout the gamePure Baseball by Keith Hernandez is therefore the best pure baseball book It doesn t talk about the life story of the players or about the business of unning a club or how did that player feel when his error caused the pitcher to lose the game It talks about nothing but the actual game of baseball itself It talks balls and strikes fast balls and sliders swings misses hits and uns It talks base unning and umpire calls It talks about fielding positions and signs Lefties and ighties slumps and allies It talks about baseball Nothing but baseball In this sense even if it was a bad book it would still be the best Baseball book out there Fortunately it s anything but a bad bookKeith Hernandez is one of the greatest who ever played the game Just ask any Mets or Cardinals fan Or Astros Red Sox Brewers or Braves fan for that matter He was NL co MVP NL batting champion and 11 times gold glover He was always known as a great hitter and a tough out and was always praised for his baseball brain and strike zone awareness He is considered the best 1st baseman ever He was field leader and team captain So he has the credentials He knows how to deliver this knowledge as well as he s been doing for the past decade as a part of the announce team at SNY A dense detailed book that takes 230 pages to describe two just two un of the mill baseball games Your guide is famed batter Keith Hernandez who naturally knows his stuff but can also write about it in a clear and compelling conversational style He eveals complexities of which I was completely oblivious and which has transformed the way I watch the gameThe book proclaims itself to be for the advanced fan which I clearly am not I still got a huge amount from it although I had to puzzle over some phraseology that would be natural to a seasoned spectator It could easily be made accessible though with a glossary and ule summary at the back It also got complex as the book wore on commendably Hernandez assumes that you have learnt what he told you previously in the bookBut boy is it dense Hernandez doesn t waste many words on much that isn t pretty directly elated to some facet of baseball with that facet directly elated to what is happening in the game at the point he s currently describing I found at times that I had to limit how much I ead without losing concentrationIt was written about 20 years ago so I m sure loads has changed but perhaps not It also doesn t mention any of the doping scandals that plagued the sport but I don t know whether this is because the book is from a prior era I don t think through wilful bowlderisation of history editorial
Judgement Avoidance Of Being Or Notavoidance of being sued or not to piss off his colleaguesThere is a little bit of self puffery here but not enough for me to find objectionable He also seems happy to let you know when he s guessed wrong when it would have been easy to fix what he said I don t know maybe some of that did go on but I didn t get that sense It s opinionated too he s happy to say when he disagrees with conventional wisdomSo for all that and for this eader it is probably a book to
REREAD I GOT IT FROM THE LIBRARY BUT WOULDI got it from the library but would like to buy a copy to efer toProbably the best sports book I ve ever ead Easily one of the best baseball books I ve ever ead Hernandez has credibility because he played in the majors for so long The most interesting game is the one he attended in person PhilliesBraves his insights into the game are excellent even for people who ve watched the game for decades This is from 1993 and even though there have been many changes in baseball the elationship between pitcher and batter is timeless so this book is elevant today. Aps in the outfield pitchers who 'nibble nibble nibble are well thought out and clearly articulated He is particularly strong in analyzing the cat and mouse game played between pitchers and hitters as the count shifts the odds back and forth New York Times Book Review An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from savvy 17 year veteran of the major leagues who emains an ardent fan in etirement Hernandez came up with an angle that works to near perfection tellingly detailed start to finish accounts of two games played midway through the 1993 baseball season Kirkus Reviewsstarre.