Late Innings

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

View: 490

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.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Late Innings

Late Innings

Incisive, personal reporting that covers the five most recent baseball seasons and such events as Reggie Jackson's three World Series home runs, the triumph of the Phillies, and the bitter ordeal of the 1981 players' strike

Author: Roger Angell

Publisher: Touchstone

ISBN: 0671759124

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 429

View: 959

Incisive, personal reporting that covers the five most recent baseball seasons and such events as Reggie Jackson's three World Series home runs, the triumph of the Phillies, and the bitter ordeal of the 1981 players' strike
Categories: Sports & Recreation

The Last Nine Innings

The Last Nine Innings

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

View: 748

"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."
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Player Won Lost Records in Baseball

Player Won Lost Records in Baseball

Inter-Game Context by Inning: 2009 American League Inning Average Std Deviation 1 0.981 0.505 2 0.954 0.549 3 0.963 0.577 4 ... Then, in the late innings of such a game, the average inter-game context of the game could be very low.

Author: Tom Thress

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476670249

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 953

"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"--
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Extra Innings

Extra Innings

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

View: 140

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.
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Nine Innings for the King

Nine Innings for the King

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

View: 895

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.
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Nine Innings

Nine Innings

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: 9780547527529

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 671

You'll never watch baseball the same way again. A timeless baseball classic and a must read for any fan worthy of the name, Nine Innings dissects a single baseball game played in June 1982 -- inning by inning, play by play. Daniel Okrent, a seasoned writer and lifelong fan, chose as his subject a Milwaukee BrewersBaltimore Orioles matchup, though it could have been any game, because, as Okrent reveals, the essence of baseball, no matter where or when it's played, has been and will always be the same. In this particular moment of baseball history you will discover myriad aspects of the sport that are crucial to its nature but so often invisible to the fans -- the hidden language of catchers' signals, the physiology of pitching, the balance sheet of a club owner, the gait of a player stepping up to the plate. With the purity of heart and unwavering attention to detail that characterize our national pastime, Okrent goes straight to the core of the world's greatest game. You'll never watch baseball the same way again.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

Extra Innings

Extra Innings

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

View: 737

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.
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Nine Innings

Nine Innings

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

View: 229

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.
Categories: Self-Help

The Book

The Book

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

View: 155

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.
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Baseball and the Blame Game

Baseball and the Blame Game

East Lost Coast Late Not a Mental Lead Press Innings Superstar Error Superstar Immunity As Exhibit ¡7.2 shows, no superstar has ever been fitted with permanent goat horns. The two concepts are diametrically opposed, and superstar status ...

Author: John Billheimer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786429066

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 228

View: 713

This book documents the most muffled moments and botched plays of baseball history by telling the stories of the men who became legendary failures because of them. But arguing against the injustice of this historical branding, the book also recounts men who made nearly identical mistakes and managed to retain their reputation as professionals. Each chapter reviews the history of players who were marked for life because they failed on a grand scale, as well as many who survived similar misplays with little more than a wrist-slap.
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The Immaculate Inning

The Immaculate Inning

Contreras promptly did so, warming up pitchers in the late innings. The Cubs won 10–5, and after the game, Contreras was still full of adrenaline. “I still feel like I'm in the high sky,” he confessed to reporters.

Author: Joe Cox

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781493032136

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 339

The Immaculate Inning shines a light on the miracle of baseball’s endless possibility—the way that on any given day, someone (maybe a star, or maybe a scrub) could perform the rarest of single-game feats or cap off a seemingly unobtainable chase for a record. Covering a selection of the most unusual, significant, and rare feats in baseball history, both in the context of single-day (and sometimes even single-play) events and those that require a longer streak or a full season’s excellence to reach or complete, the book clearly defines how each task is amassed, provides historical background, and tells riveting stories of the ballplayers that did the unthinkable.
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Strike Three You re Dead

Strike Three You re Dead

carried a lead into the late innings, only to be taken out of the game with men on base. ... pitchers have been taken out of the game with a lead in the seventh, eighth, or ninth inning, and then you guys have gone on to lose the game.

Author: R. D. Rosen

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 9783958594388

Category: Fiction

Page: 234

View: 864

A slugger struggles with an empty ballpark and a murdered teammate. The Providence Jewels, an American League expansion team, have been taking a beating all season. Worse, relief pitcher Rudy Furth has just suffered a beating of a more lethal kind - and been left to die in the clubhouse whirlpool among whispers of mob corruption and violently lovesick fans. When the police investigation stalls, veteran Providence center fielder Harvey Blissberg, who knew Furth as well as anyone, decides to play detective. While trying to keep his eye on the ball, and his head above water with the spunky, beautiful sports newscaster Mickey Slavin, Blissberg quietly stalks Furth's killer through major-league locker rooms and the dark streets of Rhode Island's capital city. Lots of ballplayers keep their batting averages above .300 - but how many have chased a murderer at the same time? Winner of the 1985 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.
Categories: Fiction

The Days of Wee Willie Old Cy and Baseball War

The Days of Wee Willie  Old Cy and Baseball War

He labored in the late innings of games. Mack complained that Hawley didn't appear capable of maintaining his effectiveness through nine innings. Chicago manager Cap Anson counted thirteen games lost by Hawley in the last inning.74 ...

Author: Chuck Kimberly

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476615516

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 296

View: 771

This account of the four baseball seasons of 1900 through 1903 seeks to capture the flavor of the period by providing yearly overviews from the standpoint of each team and by focusing more deeply on 30 or more players of the era—not only such legendary stars as Cy Young and Willie Keeler, but also relative unknowns such as Bill Keister and Kip Selbach. Each team section is supplemented by a table providing the significant batting and pitching statistics for each regular team member. The major theme of the period was the baseball war between the National and American leagues from 1900 to 1903. But the broad multi-season, multi-team view allows varying the focus. The pennant races receive due attention but there are other aspects of the baseball drama, such as: the aging star who finds a way to extend his period of dominance (Cy Young); the young, unpolished phenom whose raw talent enables him to excel (Christy Mathewson); and the fierce competitor who risks injury to help his team (Joe McGinnity or Deacon Phillippe).
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Baseball s Top 10

Baseball s Top 10

I pitched like five innings and kept us in the game before the Twins scored five or six runs in the last two innings ... from the use of a short reliever coming out of the bullpen to preserve victories and avoid late-inning collapses.

Author: Robert Kuenster

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442245693

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 280

View: 580

Comparing major league players has always been a popular topic among baseball fans. Debating the strengths and weaknesses of such greats as Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle, or Tom Seaver and Greg Maddux continues to stir up controversy among fans eager to champion their heroes. In Baseball’s Top 10, Bob Kuenster has compiled a ranking of the game’s best players by position, highlighting the achievements of nearly 300 individuals. In addition to the top 10, Kuenster includes Honorable Mentions—players who were considered but didn’t make the final list—and Dishonorable Mentions—players who were left off the rankings due to alleged steroid and performance enhancing drug use. Drawing upon original interviews conducted by the author, this ranking reveals the best players in major league history as seen through the eyes of former players, managers, and announcers. Player entries include biographical information, individual achievements, stats, and quotes. Organized by position—first base, second base, third base, shortstop, left field, center field, right field, catcher, designated hitters, multi-position players, right-handed starting pitchers, left-handed starting pitchers, and closers—280 outstanding players made the cut as the most elite pitchers, hitters, and fielders in MLB history. Baseball’s Top 10 features interviews with some of baseball’s greatest personalities—including players who have since passed, such as Al Lopez, Bob Feller, Stan Musial, Lou Boudreau, Andy Pafko, Ron Santo, Harry Caray and Harry Kalas. With over 50 photographs and a comprehensive list of suggested titles for further reading, this book is sure to interest baseball fans and historians who love to debate the many outstanding players who have appeared in the major leagues.
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Whitey Ford

Whitey Ford

Finally, in the 22nd inning, Jack Reed (Mantle's frequent late-inning defensive replacement) hit his first major league home run with Maris on base to give the Yanks a 9–7 win. The game was four innings short of the major league record ...

Author: Miles Coverdale, Jr.

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786425143

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 249

View: 832

"This book delves into the life and baseball career of Whitey Ford, Hall of Fame left-hander who helped the Yankees win 11 pennants and six world championships. He worked his way through the Yankees farm system and won nine straight in a pennant race andt
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Curve Ball

Curve Ball

(The value of an extra run increases as the lead becomes smaller, and this value becomes even greater in late innings.) The difference between being ahead by 1 run or behind by 1 run after the first inning is about .2 in win probability ...

Author: Jim Albert

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 0387988165

Category: Mathematics

Page: 350

View: 553

A look at baseball data from a statistical modeling perspective! There is a fascination among baseball fans and the media to collect data on every imaginable event during a baseball game and this book addresses a number of questions that are of interest to many baseball fans. These include how to rate players, predict the outcome of a game or the attainment of an achievement, making sense of situational data, and deciding the most valuable players in the World Series. Aimed at a general audience, the text does not assume any prior background in probability or statistics, although a knowledge of high school abgebra will be helpful.
Categories: Mathematics

True Blue

True Blue

It might not be too late. Down by seven runs after six innings on Tuesday night at Globe Life Field, the Dodgers looked like they would become the Atlanta Braves' fifth shutout victim in seven postseason games. The Dodgers avoided that ...

Author: Los Angeles Daily News

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 9781641256346

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 128

View: 831

The Los Angeles Dodgers are your 2020 World Series champions! Having established themselves as perennial contenders, expectations heading into 2020 were sky high for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dave Roberts' squad embraced those expectations in a season like no other, winning the World Series for the first time since 1988. Anchored by stars like Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger, the Dodgers demonstrated relentless focus on the path to victory, claiming their 8th straight division title while adapting to new norms amid a global pandemic. Through insightful stories from the Los Angeles Daily News and dynamic photos, relive all the key moments and storylines, including dominant postseason performances against the Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres, the euphoric NLCS Game 7 victory over the Atlanta Braves and finally raising the trophy in Arlington after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays.This commemorative book also features in-depth profiles on popular figures like Kershaw, Betts, Bellinger, Corey Seager, A.J. Pollock and more.
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1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

Jim O'Toole limited the Bucs to one run and seven hits in eight innings and departed with a 2-1 lead. ... Biederman wrote: “Not so long ago the Pirates would go into the late innings with a lead and you'd wonder how they were going to ...

Author: Rick Cushing

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 9781434904980

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 421

View: 280

Categories: Sports & Recreation