Search Results for late-innings

And that was his greatest asset in the pressure cauldron that was the big Bronx ball park in the late innings , with the crowd of 64,519 adding to the mounting tension with swelling roars and cheers as one grim - faced Dodger after ...

Author: Dean A. Sullivan

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 0803292856

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 299

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The third volume in this exciting, well-researched history of America's pastime retraces some of the most important people and events in the game, from Jackie Robinson's shattering of the race barrier to the labor unrest of the 1970s.
2002-01-01 By Dean A. Sullivan

Every team has its right- and left-handed pinch hitters, pinch runners, late-inning defensive players, and relief pitchers with tightly scripted roles. And now every team has its starters, long relievers, mop-up men, setup men, ...

Author: Charles Euchner

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402248801

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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"The Last Nine Innings is the last word on the inside of baseball. It's full of wonderful revelations and perceptions that help us understand the game in ways that we might never have imagined. Charlie Euchner has done a marvelous job in getting players to talk, simply, about how they play, and we're the wiser for it." -Frank Deford "Charlie takes an unorthodox approach to an emotional week and succeeds at finding the heart of both the tension of the World Series and the technical foundations of the baseball profession. This is a different book, in a very good way." -Howard Bryant, the Washington Post, and author of Juicing the Game: Drugs, Power and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball "The lengthy description of game 7 makes for dramatic reading, and the interviews with key players from that game add a human dimension." -Booklist "I enjoyed Charles's book. It's an interesting read, rich in thought-provoking detail and context, in the manner of Malcolm Gladwell. He deftly pulls off a difficult double play: educating the serious fan while entertaining the casual one." -Tom Verducci, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated "The Last Nine Innings is entertaining, engaging and enlightening. You'll never watch a baseball game the same way." -Andrew Zimbalist, author of Baseball and Billions: A Probing Look Inside the Big Business of Our National Pastime and Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College "Memo to ESPN analysts, FOX color announcers and daily baseball scribes: stop telling us about who had a haircut, who didn't have a haircut and who collects stamps. Rip out the red thread on the baseball, peel back the cowhide and talk about all the stuff that's wound up inside the game. That's what Charles Euchner does in The Last Nine Innings and it's fascinating." -Leigh Montville, author of Ted Williams, Biography of an American Hero and Why Not Us?: The 86-Year Journey of the Boston Red Sox Fans from Unparalleled Suffering to the Promised Land of the 2004 World Series The Great American Pastime has changed. For the first time in the history of the game, the three major forces that drive the evolution of modern pro baseball-The Triple Revolution-is revealed: The Triple Revolution: (1) Globalization of Recruiting and Business (2) Scientific Analysis & Reduction of Physical Baseball Movements (3) Evolution Effect of Modernized Stat-Crunching Charles Euchner uses a dramatic moment-by-moment narrative of the seventh game of the 2001 World Series between the Yankees and the Diamondbacks to display the Triple Revolution; and to reveal the hidden dimensions of the "game within the game": From pitching motions to batting styles, from fielding and base-running, to training and strategy. Euchner uses extensive interviews with all the players from this modern classic to produce a comprehensive view of the game that will fascinate casual fans, and stimulate baseball experts. The insider narrative includes Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada, Derek Jeter, Tino Martinez, Luis Gonzalez and Curt Schilling, along with the game's coaches, managers, support staff, even medical researchers and top game stats experts. Among the questions answered: What is the ideal pitching motion? How can we judge defensive performance? What makes managers succeed and fail? What changes the odds over the course of the game? And much more. Whether a recreational fans, or serious student of the game, The Last Nine Innings enlightens; as baseball author Andrew Zimbalist writes, "You'll never watch a baseball game the same way."
2007-02-01 By Charles Euchner

stadium public address system between innings. But that could've been attributed to his team's hot streak. He kept an even temper and didn't do anything stupid. In the game's late innings, 10 or 15 minutes after the last beer was gone, ...

Author: Patrick Smith

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786481842

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 204

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What leads a man in his mid to late thirties to take up the sport of baseball after a fifteen year hiatus? Especially when stressful and potentially humiliating tryouts are involved? The Lutherville, Maryland, Athletics are a ball team composed of plumbers, demolition guys, investment bankers, security guards and salesmen who play for the love of the game. How their passion for the game of baseball affects their lives is the subject of this book. Focusing on Smith’s lifelong love affair with sport of baseball, this volume provides a firsthand account of a season in the Baltimore County, Over-30 league from tryouts to the final game. Beginning with childhood experiences in the Kentwood League in Raleigh, North Carolina, it follows Smith through his high school and college years as his interest in the game of baseball waned. The true focus of the book is the re-emergence of the sport as an important part of Smith’s life during his mid-thirties and the glory he and his teammates find in simply being ballplayers. Baseball is presented as a unifying force and a thread of stability through the experiences of an ever-shifting world. The changes and appeal of major league baseball are also discussed from the vantage point of Smith and his teammates.
2014-08-23 By Patrick Smith

Late. Innings. Seventh. Inning. The noise and cheers went on and on as the afternoon “passed in such a pandemonium as was perhaps never heard before on an English playing-field; not even on a football ground.”1 It was especially true on ...

Author: Jim Leeke

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476620176

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 216

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On a sunny Fourth of July during World War I, King George V went out to a ball game. Along with Queen Mary and other royalty, Winston Churchill, dozens of VIPs, thousands of troops and ordinary Londoners, the monarch cheered an extraordinary “baseball match” between American soldiers and sailors. This historic event helped solidify the transatlantic alliance that was vital to winning the war. The game itself was a thriller, reported throughout the English-speaking world. The players ranged from kids fresh off the sandlots to a handful of major and minor leaguers and a future Hall of Famer. The two veteran pitchers went the distance, the outcome in doubt until the last batter. Drawing on American and British sources and game-day coverage, this first-ever full account of the “King’s game” records every play and explores the lives of several players. The author provides a brief history of the Anglo-American Baseball League and armed forces baseball played in England, France and the United States during the Great War.
2015-10-14 By Jim Leeke

they often think of “close and late” situations—situations late in close games. Yet, on average, late situations are relatively un-“clutch” situations. In fact, these two ideas do not conflict. Late innings of close games are, indeed, ...

Author: Tom Thress

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476670249

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

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"Baseball analysts criticize pitcher win-loss records as a poor measure of pitcher performance, as wins are the product of team performance. Fans criticize WAR (Wins Above Replacement), theoretical rather than actual wins. Player won-lost records bridge the gap. This book's play-by-play data examines won-lost records in Major League Baseball from 1930 through 2015"--
2017-09-11 By Tom Thress

Watching Fingers in the bullpen during the late innings of a game in which the Brewers were leading, one could see him paying rather more attention to the game than most relievers do; as soon as the hit or walk that would chase his ...

Author: Daniel Okrent

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780618056699

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

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By focusing on a single game in 1982, the author dissects the game of baseball, looking at the pitching, the batting, the owners, the players, and much more. Reprint.
2000-03-13 By Daniel Okrent

Right field was Wrigley's sun field in the late innings, afternoon sun pouring over and through the gap between the upper deck and the grandstand. Murcer, a two-time Gold Glover, backtracked. From his perspective the baseball was a dot ...

Author: Kevin Cook

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781250182029

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

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The dramatic story of a legendary 1979 slugfest between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies, full of runs, hits, and subplots, at the tipping point of a new era in baseball history It was a Thursday at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, mostly sunny with the wind blowing out. Nobody expected an afternoon game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs on May 17, 1979, to be much more than a lazy early-season contest matching two teams heading in opposite directions—the first-place Phillies and the Cubs, those lovable losers—until they combined for thirteen runs in the first inning. “The craziest game ever,” one player called it. “And then the second inning started.” Ten Innings at Wrigley is Kevin Cook’s vivid account of a game that could only have happened at this ballpark, in this era, with this colorful cast of heroes and heels: Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Bruce Sutter, surly slugger Dave Kingman, hustler Pete Rose, unlucky Bill Buckner, scarred Vietnam vet Garry Maddox, troubled relief pitcher Donnie Moore, clubhouse jester Tug McGraw, and two managers pulling out what was left of their hair. It was the highest-scoring ballgame in a century, and much more than that. Bringing to life the run-up and aftermath of a contest The New York Times called “the wildest in modern history,” Cook reveals the human stories behind the game—and how money, muscles and modern statistics were about to change baseball forever.
2019-05-07 By Kevin Cook

Finley, backed by a specialized bullpen designed to take advantage of late-inning matchups, generally including a closer whose job it was to nail down the ninth inning, completed just 13 percent of his 467 starts and averaged 6.6 ...

Author: The Baseball Prospectus

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780465029181

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 464

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In 1996, a brassy young team of fansproduced a guide to baseball statistics.Printed on a photocopier, its distribution,which was in the low hundreds, was limited tofriends, family, and die-hard stat heads. Sixteenyears later, the Baseball Prospectus annualregularly hits best-seller lists and has becomean indispensable guide for the serious fan. In Extra Innings, the team at Baseball Prospectusintegrates statistics, interviews, and analysis todeliver twenty arguments about today's game.In the tradition of their seminal book, BaseballBetween the Numbers, they take on everything fromsteroids to the amateur draft. They probe theimpact of managers on the game. They explainthe critical art of building a bullpen. In an erawhen statistics matter more than ever, Extra Inningsis an essential volume for every baseball fan.
2012-04-03 By The Baseball Prospectus

My coach reminded me about all the great games that I played this season and all my clutch late inning hits. He indicated that we had our best chance of winning only if I was in the starting line up. He was a great motivator and helpful ...

Author: Lenny Silva

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781450239615

Category: Self-Help

Page: 204

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Nine Innings: Life Lessons Learned, written for young student athletes and their parents, contains nine chapters, each referenced to coincide with nine innings of a baseball game. This guide provides practical advice from a father, and baseball coach, to help you and your child become mentally tougher, relying on confidence, courage, competitiveness, and continued improvement in order to achieve success in school, sports, and life. Learn how to find the inner strength to improve your life with a positive attitude and proper goal-setting techniques, while stepping out of your comfort zone. In order to achieve all that you want, it’s important to understand that the behavioral changes that you make today will improve who you are tomorrow. This is best accomplished by focusing your energy on the present. Nine Innings: Life Lessons Learned offers practical advice to help young student athletes—and their parents—become more confident, street-smart, mentally strong, positive, focused, and successful.
2010-07-09 By Lenny Silva

With a tie game, the break-even point hovers at 69% in the early to mid-game innings, as it begins its rapid descent. In the seventh inning, it drops to around 66%. In the eighth inning, ... as possible in these late inning situations.

Author: Tom M. Tango

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781597971294

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 385

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Written by three esteemed baseball statisticians, The Bookcontinues where the legendary Bill James’s Baseball Abstractsand Palmer and Thorn’s The Hidden Game of Baseballleft off more than twenty years ago. Continuing in the grand tradition of sabermetrics, the authors provide a revolutionary way to think about baseball with principles that can be applied at every level, from high school to the major leagues. Tom Tango, Mitchel Lichtman, and Andrew Dolphin cover topics such as batting and pitching matchups, platooning, the benefits and risks of intentional walks and sacrifices, the legitimacy of alleged clutch hitters, and many of baseball’s other theories on hitting, fielding, pitching, and even baserunning. They analyze when a strategy is a good idea and when it’s a bad idea, and how to more closely watch the inside game of baseball. Whenever you hear an announcer talk about the unwritten rule or say that so-and-so is going by the book in bringing in a situational substitute, The Bookreviews the facts and determines what the real case is. If you want to know what the folks in baseball should be doing, find out in The Book.
2007 By Tom M. Tango