Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception by Terry McDermott

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Tracing the evolution of pitching and the pitcher’s art of deception, Terry McDermott tells the fascinating story of baseball’s 150-year hunt for the perfect pitch. Using the framework of a single game (nine chapters, nine innings, nine pitches),  he explores the history of every type of pitch, combining the folk wisdom of the players with the enormous wealth of new data brought to the sport by the growing legion of statisticians who are transforming many of the sport’s once sacred beliefs. As a lifelong baseball fan, McDermott approaches his subject with the love every fan brings to the park plus the expertise of a probing journalist, exploring with irrepressible enthusiasm and curiosity both the science and the romance of the game.

Title : Off Speed: Baseball, Pitching, and the Art of Deception
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ISBN : 0307379426
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Alisa rated it ★★★★★

March 19, 2018

Nine innings, nine pitch types, nine chapters. Using the framework of a perfectly pitched game - specifically the perfect game pitched by Felix Hernandex in Aug 2012 - this books tells the story of baseball, pitching, and the art of deception. Drawing on his own experience growing up amidst the h...

Joyce rated it ★★★☆☆

July 22, 2017

Interesting take on the baseball pitching. McDermott analyzes nine pitches (some, like spitball and beanball no longer allowed), one per inning in nine chapters as he covers Felix Fernandez's perfect game in 2012. Fascinating baseball lore along with statistical analysis (Sabermetrics), interesti...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

June 03, 2017

For baseball fans, and especially those of us who think watching a perfect game is anything but watching paint dry, this book is a great addition to your summer reading list. Set against the backdrop of Félix Hernandez's 2012 gem, the author expounds on the history and practice of every type of p...

Mimi rated it ★★★★☆

December 24, 2017

For the first time I feel like I understand how different pitches are thrown, the epic battle between pitchers and hitters, and why it is so rare to pitch a perfect game. I've watched about a hundred ball games and look forward to seeing my next with greater depth and clarity than ever before.

Walt rated it ★★★★☆

February 04, 2018

A very clever way of explaining how baseball pitchers use their repertoire of pitches: the author uses Felix Hernandez's perfect game to explain, batter by batter for all 9 innings, how a smart pitcher works a game.

Jason rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 19, 2017

I'm a sucker for baseball stories, especially those steeped in the history of the game full of anecdotes. I love the narratives of baseball. It's such a nuanced game. And framing a book on the variety of pitches available to pitchers around Felix Hernandez's perfect game is a novel and excellent...

Lance rated it ★★★☆☆

February 03, 2018

Pitching has changed much over the history of the game of baseball. From tossing the ball slowly so that the batter can easily hit it to pitchers who can throw the ball over 100 miles per hour and make it curve in violent changes of direction, pitching has evolved. The balls that change direction...

Zach rated it ★★★★★

July 16, 2017

On the surface, "Off Speed" is the story of Felix Hernandez's perfect game for the Seattle Mariners in 2012, going inning by inning to recap the action of 27 up and 27 down. What makes "Off Speed" a tremendously interest and emotional read, however, are the other two things it examines: -Nine pitch...

Doug rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

So - first off - more than 3, but less than 4 - if there is a way to give 3.5 or 3.7 stars I'd do that. With that out of the way I quite enjoyed this book - as much for the obvious joy the author takes in baseball and describing the remarkable achievement of a pitchers perfect game, as for the des...

Jeremy rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 18, 2017

Each chapter of this book follows an inning of a 2012 perfect game by Felix Hernandez. The author is a Mariners fan and writes from that perspective. At times this book provided me a little bit of baseball nostalgia, but overall it just wasn't very good. He goes through an explanation of all the...

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