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In his classic tribute to America's pastime—now with a new introduction—political commentator, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, and lifelong sports enthusiast George F. Will travels from the baseball field to the dugout to the locker room to get to the root of the game we all love. He breaks down the sport to its four basic components, managing, pitching, hitting, and fielding, and analyzes the way four of its notables, manager Tony La Russa, pitcher Orel Hershiser, outfielder Tony Gwynn, and shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., approach the game. One of the most acclaimed sports books ever written, Men at Work is a revelatory, and often surprising, study of professional baseball.

Topics: Sports

Published: HarperCollins on Aug 3, 2010
ISBN: 9780062007759
List price: $10.99
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I don't like George Will's policies and I don't particularly like baseball, but George Will brings the game enough alive in this book that you find yourself turning an ear to a game that may be playing in the next room.read more
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Amazing that for a man who is wrong about everything else in his life that he got this one correct.read more
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This was one of my favorite books when I read it in 2007. Will examines in depth the strategies used in baseball through the eyes of the manager (Tony La Russa); pitcher (Orel Hersheiser); batter (Tony Gwinn); and defense (Cal Ripkin). Using this ploy of viewing baseball from four points of view shows just what a fascinating, complicated game it is. Every aspiring baseball player should read this to see what kind of preparation should be done before the game starts. It has deepened my understanding of the play on the field and I’m enjoying baseball more than ever now. It was also fun to relive some of the great plays of the late 1980’s through Will’s analysis.read more
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I don't like George Will's policies and I don't particularly like baseball, but George Will brings the game enough alive in this book that you find yourself turning an ear to a game that may be playing in the next room.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Amazing that for a man who is wrong about everything else in his life that he got this one correct.
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This was one of my favorite books when I read it in 2007. Will examines in depth the strategies used in baseball through the eyes of the manager (Tony La Russa); pitcher (Orel Hersheiser); batter (Tony Gwinn); and defense (Cal Ripkin). Using this ploy of viewing baseball from four points of view shows just what a fascinating, complicated game it is. Every aspiring baseball player should read this to see what kind of preparation should be done before the game starts. It has deepened my understanding of the play on the field and I’m enjoying baseball more than ever now. It was also fun to relive some of the great plays of the late 1980’s through Will’s analysis.
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Outstanding essay on the sport of baseball by one of America's better columnist, George F. Will. This book is filled with humorous stories, baseball history, and numerous quotations, as it focuses on four key aspects of the game of baseball (and the men who "work" at this game): Hitting (Tony Gwynn), Fielding (Cal Ripken, Jr.), Pitching (Oral Hershiser), and Managing (Tony LaRussa).
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behind the scenes...: George Will's passions for America's great pastime is evident in every story. He goes behind the scenes for the details and strategy that is involved in every pitch. His look at the manager, pitcher, hitter and fielder will add insight to the game and garner a deeper appreciation of the game within the game. A great baseball book!
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Practical, down-to-earth analysis of the different aspects of playing baseball. Will's tendency to pontificate is held in check here by the presence of Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken, Orel Hershisher and Tony LaRussa. As intelligent as baseball books get.
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