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


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...

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...

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...

Streator rated it ★★★★★

July 30, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. Terry McDermott's pitch by pitch description of Felix Hernandez's perfect game is an ode to the wonder and glory of baseball, the author's enthusiasm for the game en capsuled in just one, albeit special, game is a thing of beauty. If you ever wondered what is so specia...

Rob rated it ★★★★☆

May 13, 2017

Oddly, my favorite thing about this book is something you wouldn't guess from the title or subtitle: the author's autobiographical meanderings, especially about growing up in a small town in Iowa. I will admit that a fair amount of the technical material about pitching was sort of wasted on me, s...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2017

(or, What Baseball Means To Me.) A must for Mariners fans, Terry McDermott's lil' primer on pitching turns out to be more than informational. It's a surprisingly dense and deeply felt account, one that resonated with me as a father, a fan, and a writer.

Mike rated it ★★★★☆

September 23, 2017

Equal parts memoir, game log and history book. 9 innings, 9 pitches, 9 chapter. Easy enough and good enough.

Brian rated it ★★★★☆

June 24, 2017

Only reason I didn't give it five stars is that it was too short. Enjoyed this book. Where Moneyball concentrated more on offense this gives you the pitching side of baseball.

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