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ₑ Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks textWatching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks ₵ Kindle Author Zack Hample ⃑

ₑ Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks textWatching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks ₵ Kindle Author Zack Hample ⃑ ₑ Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks textWatching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks ₵ Kindle Author Zack Hample ⃑ CHAPTER 1THE BASICSThere s one word that describes baseball You never know Joaquin Andujar, former major league pitcherTHE DREAMLife is pretty good if you re in the Major Leagues First of all, you get to hang out with other major leaguers You also get to be on TV every day and play in front of thousands of people You get to see your name in newspapers and magazines and on the back of people s T shirts You get to see your face on scoreboards and baseball cards and posters You get free equipment from sporting goods companies You get unlimited bubble gum and sunflower seeds in the dugout You get to relax in the clubhouse and watch big screen TVs from fancy leather couches while other people get paid to wash your uniform You get to fly on private jets and stay in nice hotels You get recognized by kids and pretty women who scream for autographs Sometimes old men scream too You earn an average annual salary of 2.9 million or roughly 17,900 per game , and when the team travels, you get over 75 extra every day to spend on food.No wonder the dream starts early.But is it simply about fame and money Maybe it s about having the chance to do something spectacular in one instant that people will always remember Maybe it s about a subconscious desire to play a game full time and act like a little boy well into adulthood Maybe it s about having the manager and trainer race onto the field to make sure you re okay after you hit a foul ball off your ankle.The motivation is almost irrelevant because every kid with the dream wants it bad Every kid has a reason Every kid has a story Every kid has a good baseball name Every kid practices his swing in the mirror Every kid can steal a base and catch a fly ball and throw strikes Every kid converts his statistics into a 600 at bat season and concludes that he ll be a superstar in the majors Every kid is sure he s gonna make it and 99,999 out of 100,000 kids are wrong They don t know how much better the competition gets every step of the way They don t know how long the journey takes They don t know that there s always some other kid with an edge Someone is always taller, stronger, faster, smarter Someone has quicker feet and softer hands and sharper eyes and better instincts Someone runs Someone lifts weights Someone is using steroids Someone s father is a baseball coach Someone s older brother is already playing pro ball Someone has a batting tee in the basement or a batting cage in the backyard Someone lives in warmer weather and gets to practice year round Someone wants it than anyone on earth has ever wanted it.There s T ball, Wiffle ball, softball, and Little League There are baseball camps, baseball schools, private lessons, and winter clinics in stuffy gymnasiums There s high school ball, college ball, summer ball, and fall ball There s Babe Ruth League, the Cape Cod League, semipro leagues, and independent leagues There are scouts, agents, tryouts, strikeouts, errors, cuts, injuries, surgeries, and lifelong dreams that can die in an instant.But every year, the dream stays alive for 1,500 young men, at least for a little while, when they re selected by major league organizations in the First Year Player Draft.THE DRAFTBasketball players regularly jump directly from high school to the NBA Football players push right through college to the NFL But baseball players have it much harder as do the scouts who discover them Almost all players start their careers in the Minor Leagues because their talent is less predictable and takes longer to develop.Each June the ongoing search for talent begins a new cycle with the 50 round draft Every major league team employs dozens of scouts who focus on North American players mostly high school and college graduates who are eligible for the draft Now that baseball is spreading internationally, scouts also comb the rest of the globe for prospects who can sign outside of the draft as free agents if they re at least 16 years old But the draft supplies future major leaguers than any other talent pool.Teams are assigned an order for selecting players, based on the previous season s won lost records The lousier teams get the higher picks Some people wonder if teams prefer to finish last once the season starts going downhill The draft serves two purposes to distribute the talent evenly and to keep signing bonuses from surging Players are not free agents in the draft They are forced to negotiate only with the team that selects them If a player refuses an offer, he must wait a year and reenter the draft.Even though every kid dreams of playing in the big leagues, it s not always easy for a team to complete the deal with a player it has drafted For example, a high school star who s offered a 10,000 signing bonus for his 16th round selection might also have heard from dozens of colleges that offered him full scholarships and a chance to play on their Division I teams He may choose to stay in school, knowing that his skills could improve so much in four years that he might eventually be a first round draft pick and earn a multimillion dollar signing bonus And if his future professional team pays him that much, the organization will stick with him if he struggles and give him all the instruction, attention, and support he needs to reach the majors.Scouts look for intangibles like maturity, aggressiveness, and baseball instincts When it comes to finding position players, a scout s Holy Grail is the five tool player, the five tools being the ability to field well, throw hard, run fast, hit home runs, and hit for a high batting average Barry Bonds, in his prime, was the ultimate five tool player.With pitchers, scouts look for velocity and accuracy, but they don t just want throwers they want pitchers who use their heads and have a game plan Left handers are always in demand because their pitches naturally have movement no one s really sure why and because they re effective against left handed hitters Teams seek tall pitchers, not only because their big bodies are durable, but because their long arms allow them to release the ball closer to home plate, giving hitters less time to react Tall guys also have better leverage, meaning their higher release points allow them to throw with a greater downward angle for velocity Look at any team s roster and you ll notice that there aren t many players especially pitchers under six feet tall.THE ROAD TO THE MAJOR LEAGUESOf the tens of thousands of players selected since the draft began in 1965, fewer than two dozen have jumped directly to the majors Mike Adamson became the first in 1967 when the Balti Orioles plucked him from the University of Southern California Dave Winfield is the lone Hall of Famer on the list, but there are other big names, such as Burt Hooton, Dick Ruthven, Mike Morgan, Bob Horner, Pete Incaviglia, John Olerud, Chan Ho Park, and one handed pitcher Jim Abbott.Everyone else faces the ugly reality of life in the Minor Leagues During homestands, some players live with host families who volunteer through their teams On the road, all players endure endless bus rides, stay at cheap hotels, and receive a measly 20 a day for meals They earn a maximum of 850 per month during their first season at the bottom of the professional baseball totem pole and most of them couldn t be happier.Most teams minor league systems have these six levels, each divided into several leagues LEVELLEAGUE NAMESRookieAppalachian, Arizona, Gulf Coast, PioneerClass A Short SeasonNew York Penn, NorthwestClass AMidwest, South AtlanticClass A AdvancedCalifornia, Carolina, Florida StateDouble AEastern, Southern, TexasTriple AInternational, Pacific CoastThe Detroit Tigers, for example, have a Rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, a Class A Short Season team in the New York Penn League, a Class A team in the Midwest League, a Class A Advanced team in the Florida State League, a Double A team in the Eastern League, and a Triple A team in the International League.When advancing to Triple A, the highest level before the majors, players face a significant competitive jump because the rosters include many former major leaguers and current ones recovering from injuries on rehab assignments who are trying to get back to The Show.Skipping a higher level of the Minor Leagues is rare most players advance one level at a time only after demonstrating that they re better than most of the competition So think twice before you yell, He stinks about any major leaguer he s spent his entire life beating the odds and proving himself as the best of the best of the best of the best of the best.Players and scouts often mention that it s difficult to make it from the minors to the majors than it is to get drafted in the first place Of the minor leaguers who do reach the majors, many get just a cup of coffee before fading into oblivion but even they get their names in the Baseball Encyclopedia Most minor leaguers never make it and get released when their organizations give up on them if they don t get discouraged and quit on their own Still, they ll always be able to say that they played professional baseball.LEAGUES, DIVISIONS, AND TEAMSMajor League Baseball MLB has 30 teams and two leagues The National League NL and American League AL each have three divisions called the East, Central, and West Take a look at the breakdown NL EASTNL CENTRALNL WESTAtlanta BravesChicago CubsArizona DiamondbacksFlorida MarlinsCincinnati RedsColorado RockiesNew York MetsHouston AstrosLos Angeles DodgersPhiladelphia PhilliesMilwaukee BrewersSan Diego PadresWashington NationalsPittsburgh PiratesSan Francisco GiantsSt Louis Cardinals AL EASTAL CENTRALAL WESTBalti OriolesChicago White SoxLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim Boston Red SoxClevelaThis isnt the first book to take on the challenge of explaining baseball intricacies, but Ive never seen it done better When it comes to producing aha moments of baseball enlightenment, the book indeed has a high batting average The Seattle TimesHample calls himself an obsessed fanobsessed in a good wayand the product of his torment is a funny and informative guide for all levels of fans Yankees MagazineEngaging Hamples book is both deceptive in its simplicity the basic rules, but also the ten different ways a pitcher can commit a balk and surprising in its range Fortune Zack Hample s books The place to learn about baseball and how snag one at a major league game Baseball Quotes Sayings Baseball Games, Players 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    • Watching Baseball Smarter: A Professional Fan's Guide for Beginners, Semi-experts, and Deeply Serious Geeks
    • 3.1
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    • Format Kindle
    • 272 pages
    • Zack Hample
    • Anglais
    • 07 March 2017

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