Book Reviews of Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans

Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons  and Other Fans
Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans
Author: Tim McCarver
ISBN-13: 9780375500855
ISBN-10: 0375500855
Publication Date: 3/24/1998
Pages: 344
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Villard
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed Tim McCarver's Baseball for Brain Surgeons and Other Fans on + 11 more book reviews
Everyting you ever wanted to know about baseball.
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So, my mother-in-law decided she wanted to start watching baseball. (To try and form some sort of common interest with her daughter. You've never met two more dissimilar people in your life.) But, she really knows absolutely nothing about the game. So we went looking for a guide. This book wasn't it. We bought her something simpler. But I thought, being a decently informed baseball fan, I would get this for myself.

It's not a bad read. But it doesn't really deliver on what it promises, either. It's billed as a guide to watching baseball like a professional commentator like McCarver. What it actually is is McCarver's view as to how the game ought to be played, complete with examples of players and coaches that either do it right or wrong. Plus, it adds a little behind-the-scenes info.

From that, you can indeed glean some insight into how to watch the game. But you need to tease it out. It's really not presented that way.

Also, while the broad organization of the book is fine, within chapters, it all basically falls apart. It's just dense paragraph after dense paragraph. Again, you can tease out the insight, but it takes awhile.

Taken as it is, it's an enjoyable read. Taken as it's billed, it's a challenge.
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Excellent book! A great way to learn the ins and outs of watching baseball. A valuable rescource!