Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception


Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception Author Terry McDermott
ISBN-10 0307379426
ISBN-13 9780307379429
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher Pantheon
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The lively and fascinating story of baseballs 150 year hunt for the perfect pitchIn August 2012 Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays in what Terry McDermott calls one of the greatest exhibitions of off speed pitches ever put on For McDermott a lifelong fan and student of baseball the extraordinary events of that afternoon inspired this incisive meditation on the art of pitching Within the framework of Hernandezs historic achievement Off Speed provides a vibrant narrative of the history and evolution of pitching combining baseball s rich tradition of folklore with the wealth of new metrics from a growing legion of statisticians who are transforming the way we think about the game Off Speed is also the personal story of a fans steadfast devotion first kindled in McDermott by his father at the local diamond in small town Iowa and now carried forward with the same passion by his own daughters Approaching his subject with the love every fan brings to the park and the expertise of a probing journalist McDermott explores with irrepressible curiosity the science and the romance of baseball

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