By Phillip Mahony
Baseball is a really complex activity. each side of the sport from tagging as much as stealing bases to intentional walks is going again to the duel among pitcher and batter. This e-book, like no different paintings to be had or any unmarried web site, explains baseball from scratch, whereas additionally instructing the reader as to its vital position in American background and tradition. half One, “Preliminaries,” explains these elements of the sport that needs to be understood earlier than forthcoming the sport itself, that's the topic of half , “The Game.” half 3, “Statistics,” discusses how numbers impact the choices and methods that propel every one video game ahead. half 4, “Major League Baseball Overview,” places the game in context through introducing the reader to significant League baseball in a distinct approach: via strolling her or him via one calendar yr within the majors, from the corridor of reputation balloting in January in the course of the iciness conferences in December.
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9, 1B 7. 7, LF 8. 35, SS 9. 75, P As will be discussed in greater length later, the order of a lineup, the choice to put certain players at the top and others at the bottom, the choice to put a certain player immediately ahead of or behind another player, is the result of the manager’s careful study of each player’s offensive strengths and weaknesses, and how the batting order can best be used to enhance those strengths and downplay those weaknesses. The ﬁrst player listed in a lineup is called the leadoff hitter or leadoff batter; the fourth player is called the cleanup hitter or cleanup batter.
When I say that a righty batter can pick up a pitch coming out of a lefty pitcher’s hand sooner, we’re talking about a fraction of a second sooner. Maybe even a fraction of a fraction of a second sooner. Nevertheless, when the base line we are using is less than a second, then a fraction of a second—even a fraction of a fraction of a second— is a lot. Taken together, these photographs bring to life the importance of platooning. In both, the batter is a righty. Notice how, in the top photograph (Thomas Barwick/Getty Images), the ball thrown by the righthanded pitcher comes from a point that is almost behind the batter and at least initially appears to be coming right at him, while in contrast, the ball thrown by the left-handed pitcher, in the bottom photograph (vladyc\123rf ), comes from across his body, giving the batter a better perspective as the ball approaches him.
COSTELLO : The ﬁrst baseman. ABBOTT: Who is on ﬁrst. COSTELLO : Do you have a ﬁrst baseman on ﬁrst? ABBOTT: Yes COSTELLO : Then who’s playing ﬁrst? ABBOTT: Absolutely. PAUSE COSTELLO : When you pay off the ﬁrst baseman every month, who gets the money? ABBOTT: Every dollar of it. Why not? The man’s entitled to it! COSTELLO : Who is? ABBOTT: Yes. COSTELLO : So who gets it? ABBOTT: Why shouldn’t he? Sometimes his wife comes down and collects it. COSTELLO : Who’s wife? ABBOTT: Yes. After all, the man earns it.