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How to become a professional baseball player
Durkac, Bo, 1972-
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2003]

Physical Description:
v, 199 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Pitching -- Fielding -- Hitting -- Catching -- Baserunning -- In the outfield -- Strength and conditioning -- Making the grade -- Being seen -- Selecting the right college -- The college experience -- Dealing with coaches -- The draft -- For the parents -- The world of professional baseball.
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The way to becoming a professional ballplayer is not an easy one. So many factors are out of a player's control. He must concern himself with the things he can control and the things he can do to improve his play, and thus give himself at least the chance to succeed. The author of this work draws from his personal experiences and his former teammates' experiences to help the average player make the most of the talent he has and to make smart decisions on and off the field. The book covers the fundamentals and finer points of pitching, fielding, hitting, catching, base running, and playing the outfield. It also covers strength training and conditioning, the importance of good grades to high school and college baseball, catching the attention of coaches and scouts, selecting the right college, playing at the college level, dealing with coaches, parental involvement and support, the draft, and the world of professional baseball.

Author Notes

Bo Durkac is assistant baseball coach at University of North Carolina-Charlotte and has played professional baseball for seven years, including two years in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. He lives in Charlotte

Table of Contents

Josh McAffee
Introductionp. 1
Prologuep. 5
1. Pitchingp. 9
2. Fieldingp. 27
3. Hittingp. 41
4. Catchingp. 68
5. Baserunningp. 93
6. In the Outfieldp. 112
7. Strength and Conditioningp. 121
8. Making the Gradep. 128
9. Being Seenp. 132
10. Selecting the Right Collegep. 138
11. The College Experiencep. 144
12. Dealing with Coachesp. 150
13. The Draftp. 158
14. For the Parentsp. 168
15. The World of Professional Baseballp. 177
Glossaryp. 193
Indexp. 197