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Shane Victorino

Author: Alan Maimon
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1600789412
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Long before Shane Victorino gained fame as a Gold Glove outfielder, All-Star, and fan favorite at Fenway Park, he was a precocious child on the island of Maui, frustrating teachers with his inability to sit still and tagging along with older boys to neighborhood ball fields. For Victorino, diagnosed at an early age with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sports became an ideal outlet for his boundless energy. As the first Maui native ever to appear in a World Series in 2009, Victorino played an integral role in the Philadelphia Phillies’ victory. Readers will be compelled by the story of a young man whose persistence and determination helped him overcome obstacles and emerge victorious at the highest level of his profession. This updated edition follows Victorino’s path to Boston, where the electric outfielder has led the Red Sox back to the top of the standings.

Baseball State By State

Author: Chris Jensen
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786491280
Size: 46.60 MB
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Offering a fresh approach to the familiar concept of all-time baseball teams, this exhaustive work ranks more than 2,500 players by state of birth and includes both major league and Negro League athletes. Each chapter covers one state and opens with the all-time team, naming a top selection for each position followed by honorable mentions. Also included are all-time stat leaders in nine categories—games, hits, average, RBI, home runs, stolen bases, pitching wins, strikeouts and saves—a brief overview of the state’s baseball history, notable player achievements, historic baseball places to see, potential future stars, a comprehensive list of player nicknames, and the state’s all-time best player.

The Mouth That Roared

Author: Dallas Green
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1623681995
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From profanity-laced clubhouse tirades and outspoken opinions on the state of the game to tears at an emotional funeral for his murdered granddaughter, Dallas Green tells his story for the first time in this autobiography. In his nearly 60 years in baseball as a pitcher; manager of three franchises, including both New York squads, the Mets and Yankees; general manager; and executive, Dallas Green has never minced words or shied away from making enemies. Though many bristled at his gruff style, nobody could argue with the result of his leadership: as manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, he led the team to a World Series championship in 1980 and as general manger of the Chicago Cubs, he pulled off one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the sport by dealing journeyman Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies in exchange for Larry Bowa and future Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg. This larger-than-life baseball personality shares insights from the mound, the dugout, and the front office as well as anecdotes of some of the game s biggest stars and encounters with the press, player agents, and the unions. Dallas Green also shares his feelings about his granddaughter, Christina-Taylor Green, who was shot and killed by a deranged stalker in Tucson, Arizona, during an assassination attempt on the life of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Knowing that the loss of his beloved granddaughter has irrevocably changed him, Green discusses how, in the wake of her death, baseball became a coping mechanism for him."

You Re The Umpire

Author: Wayne Stewart
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1602397937
Size: 79.24 MB
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Challenges fans to better understand the rules by presenting routine calls, basic situations, and obscure rules and situations.

If You Love This Game

Author: Andre Dawson
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1617496421
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Reflecting on his accomplishments, his colleagues, and the future of baseball, Andre Dawson tells the story of his four-decade career as a player and executive in this intimate memoir. Seriously injured at a young age, Dawson struggled with chronic pain throughout his career and was only seriously scouted by the Montreal Expos during college. Overcoming these odds, he went on to be named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1977, earn eight All-Star appearances, seven Gold Gloves, and a Most Valuable Player Award. This behind-the-scenes look at a dedicated player's journey from a segregated Miami neighborhood to the fabled halls of Cooperstown offers fans a window into the psyche of a fan favorite.

Hardball Retrospective

Author: Derek Bain
Publisher: Tuatara Software, LLC
Size: 46.36 MB
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Would your favorite baseball team make the playoffs if player X had not been traded? Imagine your team’s roster from any particular year. Remove all of the players that your team acquired through trades and free agency. Would you be able to field a competitive team? All right, let us re-populate the roster with every player that the organization originally drafted and signed. Yes, we will include undrafted free agents and foreign players who signed with their first Major League team, as well. How does the team stack up now? Is the club better or worse than the squad that you imagined at first? In Hardball Retrospective, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original teams. Using a variety of advanced statistics and methods, I generated revised standings for each season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition. Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the real-time or “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills. Edited by Marianne Landrum. Foreword by Don Daglow.

Beltway Boys

Author: Elliott Smith
Publisher: Triumph Books
ISBN: 1623682290
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An insider s look at the Washington Nationals breakout season and their unique strategy to piece together a contending team, this work shows how the team combined once-in-a-generation talent with an experienced manager and a roster of other talented young players to lead the team to the top of the National League East. Anchored by a pair of number one draft picksthe steady, serious Stephen Strasburg and the brash, bold Bryce Harperthe Nationals have been elevated to first place in the National League East. Beltway Boys dives into Strasburg and Harper s preordained journey to the major leagues and the challenges they faced once they arrived, including Strasburg s recovery from Tommy John Surgery and Harper s misperceived persona. Also included are several never-before-told stories about the budding superstars, manager Davey Johnson, and general manager Mike Rizzo, making this the perfect reference for any baseball fan."

Rock Solid

Author: Tim Raines
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 1443453129
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For more than a decade, Tim Raines patrolled left field for the nascent Montreal Expos, igniting the powder keg of what would become one of the most innovative, entertaining, and talented teams of the modern era. Alongside other superstars such as Andre “Hawk” Dawson, Gary Carter, and Steve Rogers, Raines, nicknamed “Rock,” hit and stole his way into the hearts not only of Montreal fans but of the team’s dedicated fan base coast to coast. The seven-time all-star tore through the Expos’ record books before moving on to the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, and Florida Marlins, ultimately earning three World Series rings (one as a coach). The Expos retired his number (#30), and in January 2017, Raines was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. But it wasn’t always easy playing for the upstart Montreal Expos or being Tim Raines. Raines’s performance dipped in 1982, and at the end of the season, he entered a substance abuse program for cocaine addiction. He used cocaine before games, after games, and on some occasions, in the clubhouse between innings. Raines later testified at the infamous Pittsburgh drug trials in September 1985. He would ultimately resume his career at a high level and once again become one of baseball’s brightest stars, both on and off the field. In 1999, Raines was forced to retire from baseball after being diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs). His was the first known case in an MLB player. However, after undergoing treatment and having missed an entire season, Raines returned at the age of 41 to where it all began in 1979—the Montreal Expos. This memoir details the life and playing career of one of the sport’s all-time greatest leaders and personalities, and is an honest, raw, and compelling tale of triumph and redemption. With a foreword by Andre Dawson and an introduction by Jonah Keri

Derek Jeter S Ultimate Baseball Guide 2015

Author: Larry Dobrow
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1481423320
Size: 50.53 MB
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The ultimate, fact-filled collector’s guide from legendary sports icon and role model Derek Jeter! No matter their favorite team or player, young sports fans can look to baseball legend Derek Jeter for information on America’s national pastime. Derek Jeter’s Ultimate Baseball Guide 2015 is jam-packed with facts about each of the thirty Major League teams. Brief team histories are peppered with Jeter’s handwritten notes and interwoven with cool trivia, covering everything from the sport’s start and the original Knickerbocker Rules to baseball’s weirdest superstitions. Not sure how to compute a slugging average? Want to know how many teams have won over 10,000 games? Ever wondered how many stitches are in a baseball? Fans will find answers to these and much more in this annual collector’s guide.