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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.

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Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780062007759
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In a time when most of the sensations in baseball are about cheating, doping, and other misbehavior (on and off the field) it's refreshing to hear George Will's take on four well-known and admirable figures in the sport. Excellent reading by Bob Costas, though he sounded a bit hurried in places. Perhaps he, too, felt that the abridgement of a substantial book to two cassettes was too short!more
I like books that treat sports as a serious subject. I guess there is always the danger of over intellectualizing the subject but more than any sport I think baseball has many layers that make it more complex than most people realize. George Will did a pretty good job of striking the right balance writing about the nuts and bolts part of the game and the more entertaining aspects. For any baseball fan this would be a great read.more
Absolutely a terrific addition to any baseball addict's library. Packed with statistics, expert observations, and wry humor (even a mild political poke or two), George Will's Men at Work was a fine tribute to the men who play and work at major league baseball. Now I know a lot more about what it takes to get to the Bigs - and more importantly why some fine athletes are able to stay, and others just can't make it. Will follows thinking managers (Tony LaRussa), pitchers (Orel Hershiser), hitters (Tony Gwynn), and fielders (Cal Ripken, Jr.). Their insights into the game are worth the price of admission. Will's insights are a bonus. The only quibble I have is the author occasionally goes deeper into the statistics than I care for. Otherwise, a delight.more
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).more
Amazing that for a man who is wrong about everything else in his life that he got this one correct.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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In a time when most of the sensations in baseball are about cheating, doping, and other misbehavior (on and off the field) it's refreshing to hear George Will's take on four well-known and admirable figures in the sport. Excellent reading by Bob Costas, though he sounded a bit hurried in places. Perhaps he, too, felt that the abridgement of a substantial book to two cassettes was too short!more
I like books that treat sports as a serious subject. I guess there is always the danger of over intellectualizing the subject but more than any sport I think baseball has many layers that make it more complex than most people realize. George Will did a pretty good job of striking the right balance writing about the nuts and bolts part of the game and the more entertaining aspects. For any baseball fan this would be a great read.more
Absolutely a terrific addition to any baseball addict's library. Packed with statistics, expert observations, and wry humor (even a mild political poke or two), George Will's Men at Work was a fine tribute to the men who play and work at major league baseball. Now I know a lot more about what it takes to get to the Bigs - and more importantly why some fine athletes are able to stay, and others just can't make it. Will follows thinking managers (Tony LaRussa), pitchers (Orel Hershiser), hitters (Tony Gwynn), and fielders (Cal Ripken, Jr.). Their insights into the game are worth the price of admission. Will's insights are a bonus. The only quibble I have is the author occasionally goes deeper into the statistics than I care for. Otherwise, a delight.more
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).more
Amazing that for a man who is wrong about everything else in his life that he got this one correct.more
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.more
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.more
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.more
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