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Play ball like the pros : tips for kids from 20 big league stars
Krasner, Steven.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree, [2002]

Physical Description:
181 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Nearly two dozen professional baseball players, such as Pedro Martinez and Derek Jeter, provide insights into how they prepare for and play the game.
Pitching -- Catching -- Infield -- Outfield -- Hitting -- On the bases.
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Major League ball players explain the mechanics of how they successfully field, pitch, catch, hit, and more.
Who should a young baseball player turn to when he or she wants to know the best way to handle an infield ground ball with players on first and second? How about New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter or Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia? In this inside look at the fundamentals of baseball, author and seasoned sports writer Steven Krasner offers an in-depth interview with a Major League athlete, a glossary of baseball terms, a historical anecdote, and an example of a real-life game situation and the solution for handling it. Best of all, the players share their childhood baseball memories. More than just a how-to guide for playing baseball, Play Ball Like the Pros is an intimate look at how professionals do what they do, and how the struggles and influences of their early years informed their later successes.
Major League Ball Players featured:
Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox-Stretching and Warming Up
CC Sabathia, New York Yankees-The Art of Pitching
Scott Baker, Minnesota Twins-Fielding the Position
Geovany Soto, Chicago Cubs-Throwing Out Base Stealers
Chris Iannetta, Colorado Rockies-Catching Foul Pop-ups
Russell Martin, Los Angeles Dodgers-Blocking Pitches in the Dirt
Mark Teixeira, New York Yankees-First Base
Akinori Iwamura, Tampa Bay Rays-Second Base
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees-Shortstop
Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay Rays-Third Base
Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies and Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox-The Double Play
Rocco Baldelli, Boston Red Sox-Catching Fly Balls
Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston Red Sox-Outfield Throwing
Ian Kinsler, Texas Rangers-Bunting for a Base Hit or a Sacrifice
Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins-Basic Hitting Fundamentals
Ryan Howard, Philadelphia Phillies-The Power Stroke
Jason Bay, Boston Red Sox-The Art of Clutch Hitting
Kevin Youkilis, Boston Red Sox-Rundowns
Carl Crawford, Tampa Bay Rays-Running the Bases

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Pointers from experts such as Derek Jeter, Roberto Alomar and Wade Boggs come to light in Play Ball Like the Pros: Tips for Kids from 20 Big League Stars by Steve Krasner, a sports reporter for The Providence Journal. Each chapter focuses on a specific position or skill and features an interview, a glossary of terms, a hypothetical situation (and solution) and one of the player's special memories. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-The unique format makes this a special instructional book. Krasner uses the expertise of 20 current major leaguers to teach youngsters, coaches, and physical-education teachers how to play every position. The question-and-answer sections between the author and players keep interest while instructing novices. The stars always place strong emphasis on enjoying the game. A real-life scenario, glossary, situation quiz, and a celebrity reminiscence of playing baseball as a child follow each skill. Separate chapters are devoted to catching, each infield position, the outfield, hitting, and baserunning. Aaron Sele, Pedro Martinez, and Paul Quantrill instruct players on the art of pitching, warming up properly, the pitcher as fielder, and which pitches young hurlers should be throwing to avoid injury. Each chapter includes a black-and-white photo of the athlete and line drawings. An excellent purchase for libraries serving young people and those who work with them.-Michael McCullough, Byron-Bergen Middle School, Bergen, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Aaron SelePedro MartinezPaul QuantrillIvan "Pudge" RodriguezJohn FlahertyJason VaritekSean CaseyJerry Hairston Jr.Derek JeterScott BrosiusNomar Garciaparra and Roberto AlomarMatt LawtonBrady AndersonLuis AliceaWade BoggsCarlos DelgadoMo VaughnJohn ValentinDarren Lewis
Introduction: Batter Up!p. 1
Pitchingp. 3
Stretching and Warming Upp. 5
The Art of Pitchingp. 15
Fielding the Positionp. 25
Catchingp. 37
Throwing Out Basestealersp. 39
Foul Pop-Upsp. 46
Blocking Pitches in the Dirtp. 54
Infieldp. 61
First Basep. 63
Second Basep. 72
Shortstopp. 79
Third Basep. 86
The Double Playp. 92
Outfieldp. 107
Catching Fly Ballsp. 109
Throwingp. 115
Hittingp. 125
Bunting for a Base Hit or Sacrificep. 127
Basic Hitting Fundamentalsp. 137
The Power Strokep. 143
The Art of Clutch Hittingp. 155
On the Basesp. 163
Rundownsp. 165
Running the Basesp. 172
Conclusion: The Final Pitchp. 181

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