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Oct 26

World Series Reading List

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 in Reviews, Sports, Values

As I write this review, we’re in the midst of the 2013 World Series. The St Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox are battling for the title World Champions.

I have just finished a couple baseball-themed books I think you might enjoy too.

Playing w PurposePlaying with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey

Playing with Purpose: Baseball by Mike Yorkey takes the readers behind the scenes and into the lives, values and faith of some of the best baseball players who have ever lived including Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw, future Hall of Famer Albert Pujoles and Mariano Rivera.

Mar 24

Fielding Bible Volume III by John Dewan & Ben Jedlovec

Posted on Sunday, March 24, 2013 in Reviews, Sports, Technical

fb3The Fielding Bible Volume III is a fascinating book of the subtleties of playing defense in Major League Baseball.

I had read their first volume and I was excited to read their third. I was not disappointed.

John Dewan and Ben Jedlovec have unveiled another wonderful guide for baseball stat-geeks.

Dewan and Jedlovec included new studies on crucial aspects of fielding, including defensive positioning, the Ted Williams shift, bunts, double plays, outfielder arms and catcher defense.

Their statistical analysis – building on the work began by stat-godfather Bill James – has significantly increased our understanding of the benefits of a good defensive player and the consequences of playing a poor defensive player.

Sep 1

Game Time by Roger Angell

Posted on Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Reviews, Sports

Since I was very young I’ve been a baseball fan.

As a fan with a limited budget, televised games, box scores, recaps and baseball books often satisfy my fascination with major league baseball.

This summer, like many summers, I planned and read a few baseball books.

In May I wrote my review of The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca, a fascinating perspective of the culture of the game within the game.

Jul 10

Winning Runs – Home Run Derby

Posted on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 in Emotional, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

This week is Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.  One of the pre-game celebrations is the Home Run Derby.

The MLB Twitter-feed was filled with anticipation.

Will @theCUTCH22 be McCrushin’? How many Trumbombs for @Mtrumbo44? Can Prince or Cano win ?#HRDerby? again?

Here’s my interpretation:

Will (the Pittsburgh Pirates’) Andrew McCutchen win? How many home runs do you think (Anaheim Angels’) Mark Trumbo will hit? Do you think former Home Run Derby champions (Detroit Tigers’) Prince Fielder and (NY Yankees’) Robinson Cano win the Home Run Derby this year?

Last Year

May 14

You Can’t Make Him Happy!

Posted on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Emotional, How To, Relational, Social, Sports, Values

In major league baseball the unwritten rules are known as “the code.”  Yesterday I reviewed the book The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca.

In baseball, as in life, there are the written rules and the unwritten rules, but baseball is a piece of cake compared to “the code” we try to decode when we’re in relationships.

Code – “It’s not working out…”

She seemed so sweet.  We’d text one another all day, every day.  Now nothing.  I guess I didn’t make her happy.

May 12

The Baseball Codes by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca

Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in Reviews, Sports, Values

In baseball, as in life, there are the written rules and the unwritten rules.  In major league baseball the unwritten rules are known as “the code.”

While I’d heard of “the code,” it’s even more complicated than I realized.

This week I finished reading The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America’s Pastime by Jason Turbow and Michael Duca.

As a lifelong baseball fan I found it valuable to understand how the game of baseball is actually played by major league players.

Apr 9

Winning Runs – Unbalance Priorities

Posted on Monday, April 9, 2012 in Emotional, Relational, Social, Spiritual, Sports, Values

As the MLB season begins, so does this series on priorities entitled “Winning Runs.”

Steve Garvey is a hall of fame baseball player. And, it seemed in many people’s eyes he was a hall of fame person. “He believed in doing the Right Thing. His parents smoked, but he never did. His teammates swore, but he never did.”

Rick Reilly explained in an article entitled, America’s Sweetheart that “For most of his nearly 41 years Garvey lived at the corner of Straight and Narrow.”

Then everything changed. Garvey explained, “Some people have a mid-life crisis,” he says. “I had a midlife disaster.”