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Clubhouse Confidential

A Yankee Bat Boy's Insider Tale of Wild Nights, Gambling, and Good Times with Modern Baseball's Greatest Team

Author: Luis Castillo,William Cane

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1429936975

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 9861

Clubhouse Confidential is the explosive, inside story of Yankees players and managers by a bat boy who saw it all You are invited to come behind the closed doors of the Yankees' clubhouse for the ride of your life in this intimate memoir about the team's recent glory years and the superstars who made it all possible. For the first time ever, Luis "Squeegee" Castillo, bat boy and clubbie for the Yankees from 1998 to 2005, talks about working with Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Joe Girardi, Bernie Williams, Roger Clemens, Joe Torre, and many other modern-day Yankee greats. Luis saw and heard what really happened in the privacy of the clubhouse, at parties, and in hotel rooms, bar fights, and secret meetings from Miami to St. Louis, from Detroit to Arizona, and from Toronto to New York. He even vacationed with some players and got to know them like family, discovering their pitching and hitting secrets, joining them in all-nighters, and learning their often hilarious methods of meeting girls and having fun on the road. Like a fly on the wall, Luis takes you backstage to show you how A-Rod's bragging when he hits home runs annoys teammates. Discover how manager Joe Torre checks racing results during games. Hear what happens inside the sanctity of the clubhouse after Roger Clemens beans Mets catcher Mike Piazza and then-a few months later during the 2000 World Series-throws a bat at him. Find out how Mariano Rivera eats junk food during games, why Posada routinely fights with El Duque, what Jeter is really saying to players on other teams as he rounds the bases, and so much more. Everyone knows what happened on the field. Now pull up a chair and enjoy the secret stories that only Luis can tell about what really happened behind the scenes-and why.

Ahead of the Curve

Inside the Baseball Revolution

Author: Brian Kenny

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 150110635X

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

View: 7817

MLB Network host and commentator Brian Kenny uses stories from baseball's present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic, even when directly contradicted by evidence.

Phillies Confidential

The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Championship Season

Author: Gary Matthews,Scott Lauber

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1617498963

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 192

View: 4510

Relive one of the most memorable seasons in the Phillies' storied 126-year history, as broadcaster Gary Matthews takes you into the clubhouse, the dugout, and onto the field, giving fans an inside look at the 2008 Major League season. The book includes details of the pivotal offseason trade for closer Brad Lidge, how they managed to withstand their midseason slide, and the late-season rally in which they overtook the New York Mets. In this day-by-day recap of the magical 2008 season fans will relive the heart-wrenching losses and exhilarating wins of a long season that ended in a sweet World Series victory.

Tigers Confidential

The Untold Inside Story of the 2008 Season

Author: Andy Van Slyke,Jim Hawkins

Publisher: Triumph Books

ISBN: 1617499021

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 5210

Former MLB All-Star and Gold Glove winner Andy Van Slyke, now the first-base coach of the Detroit Tigers, takes you into the dugout, the clubhouse, and onto the field throughout the 2008 season to give you a rare inside look at the most highly anticipated season in the Tigers' storied 108-year history-day by day, game by game, as it actually unfolded. The book combines Van Slyke's insightful, introspective, sometimes humorous diary from the dugout and the playing field with veteran baseball writer Jim Hawkins' view from the press box in real time as the games actually occurred. Each entry is made without the benefit of hindsight, not knowing what the next game or the next day would bring. Stand beside Van Slyke in the first-base coach's box and sit beside him in the dugout to feel the emotions rise and fall with each win and each loss, as the Detroit Tigers, preseason favorites to win the 2008 American League pennant with their franchise-record $139 million payroll, deal with the daily grind of the 162-game season.

Amazing Tales from the New York Yankees Dugout

A Collection of the Greatest Yankees Stories Ever Told

Author: Ken McMillan,Ed Randall

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1613212801

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 432

View: 6012

When it comes to baseball glory, no other team comes close to the New York Yankees, winners of forty American League pennants and twenty-seven World Series championships. Amazing Tales from the Yankee Dugout is a compilation of the funniest, strangest, and most unique stories, anecdotes, and tall tales that have been attributed to baseball’s legendary New York Yankees through the years. Fans will gain new insights about the famed Bronx Bombers that they’ve never read before.

The Cooperstown Casebook

Who's in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Who Should Be In, and Who Should Pack Their Plaques

Author: Jay Jaffe

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466882182

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 368

View: 3052

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, tucked away in upstate New York in a small town called Cooperstown, is far from any major media market or big league stadium. Yet no sports hall of fame’s membership is so hallowed, nor its qualifications so debated, nor its voting process so dissected. Since its founding in 1936, the Hall of Fame’s standards for election have been nebulous, and its selection processes arcane, resulting in confusion among voters, not to mention mistakes in who has been recognized and who has been bypassed. Numerous so-called “greats” have been inducted despite having not been so great, while popular but controversial players such as all-time home run leader Barry Bonds and all-time hits leader Pete Rose are on the outside looking in. Now, in The Cooperstown Casebook, Jay Jaffe shows us how to use his revolutionary ranking system to ensure the right players are recognized. The foundation of Jaffe’s approach is his JAWS system, an acronym for the Jaffe WAR Score, which he developed over a decade ago. Through JAWS, each candidate can be objectively compared on the basis of career and peak value to the players at his position who are already in the Hall of Fame. Because of its utility, JAWS has gained an increasing amount of exposure in recent years. Through his analysis, Jaffe shows why the Hall of Fame still matters and how it can remain relevant in the 21st century.

Bat Boy

Coming of Age with the New York Yankees

Author: Matthew McGough

Publisher: Anchor Books

ISBN: 0307278646

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 273

View: 4070

The author describes how he got a job as a bat boy for the New York Yankees at the age of sixteen, his encounters with his heroes including Don Mattingly, and his adventures and misadventures during his two years in the position.

Nine Innings

The Anatomy of a Baseball Game

Author: Daniel Okrent

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0618056696

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 288

View: 2581

By focusing on a single game in 1982, the author dissects the game of baseball, looking at the pitching, the batting, the owners, the players, and much more. Reprint.

Tiger Woods

Author: Jeff Benedict,Armen Keteyian

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501126474

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 512

View: 5597

“A confident and substantial book...It has torque and velocity...It makes a sweet sound, like a well-struck golf ball. I found it exhilarating, depressing, tawdry, and moving in almost equal measure. It’s a big American story.” —The New York Times Based on years of reporting and interviews with more than 250 people from every corner of Tiger Woods’s life—many of whom have never spoken about him on the record before—a sweeping, revelatory, and defining biography of an American icon. In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life. Married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children, he was the winner of fourteen major golf championships and earning more than $100 million annually. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years—one that unraveled in the aftermath of a Thanksgiving-night car crash that exposed his serial infidelity and sent his personal and professional lives over a cliff. Still, the world has always wondered: Who is Tiger Woods, really? In Tiger Woods, Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the team behind the New York Times bestseller The System, look deep behind the headlines to produce a richly reported answer to that question. To find out, they conducted hundreds of interviews with people from every facet of Woods’s life—friends, family members, teachers, romantic partners, coaches, business associates, physicians, Tour pros, and members of Woods’s inner circle. From those interviews, and extensive, carefully sourced research, they have uncovered new, intimate, and surprising details about the man behind the myth. We read an inside account of Tiger’s relationship with his first love, Dina Gravell, and their excruciating breakup at the hands of his parents. We learn that Tiger’s longtime sports agency, International Management Group (IMG), made $50,000 annual payments to Tiger’s father, Earl Woods, as a “talent scout”—years before Tiger was their client. We discover startling new details about Earl, who died in 2006 and to this day lies in an unmarked grave. We come along as Tiger plunges into the Las Vegas and New York nightclub worlds alongside fellow superstars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. We are whisked behind the scenes during the National Enquirer’s globetrotting hunt to expose Tiger’s infidelity, and we get a rare look inside his subsequent sex-addiction treatment at the Pine Grove facility in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. But the portrait of Woods that emerges in Tiger Woods is far more rewarding than revelations alone. By tracing his life from its origins as the mixed-race son of an attention-seeking father and the original Tiger Mom—who programmed him to be “the chosen one,” tasked with changing not just the game of golf but the world as well—the authors provide a wealth of new insight into the human being trapped inside his parents’ creation. Most of all, we are reminded, time and time again, of Woods’s singular greatness and the exhilaration we felt watching an athletic genius dominate his sport for nearly twenty years. But at what cost? Benedict and Keteyian provide the answers in an extraordinary biography that is destined to become the defining book about an authentic American legend—and to linger in the minds of readers for years to come.

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team

Author: Ben Lindbergh,Sam Miller

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 1627795650

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 1320

The New York Times bestseller about what would happen if two statistics-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team It’s the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies -- with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That’s what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics. Their story in The Only Rule is it Has to Work is unlike any other baseball tale you've ever read. We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance. Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport’s folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion? It’s a wild ride, by turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller tell a story that will speak to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. And they prove that you don’t need a bat or a glove to make a genuine contribution to the game.

Diamond Dollars

The Economics of Winning in Baseball

Author: Vince Gennaro

Publisher: Diamond Analytics

ISBN: 1310496307

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 889

Diamond Dollars is a fresh, provocative, insightful, and analytical look at the business of baseball by author Vince Gennaro, a consultant to MLB teams. Gennaro addresses some key questions that affect how teams make decisions, how they assemble their roster, and ultimately, their bottom line: How does winning affect revenues for each team? How much value does a berth in the postseason generate for the Red Sox and Yankees? What is the Yankees’ marginal revenue vs. marginal cost of winning? What is the economic value of a highly productive Twins’ farm system? Why is a player’s value “situational”, depending on the competitiveness of his team and the market in which he plays? How much was Carlos Beltran worth to the Mets in 2006? How can we quantify Derek Jeter’s “marquee value”…his ability to draw fans? What is the relative cost of developing talent vs. buying it in the free agent market? How can we quantify Nomar Garciaparra’s injury risk and its impact on his dollar value? What is the dollar value of Cubs’ fans loyalty to their beloved team? How have the Red Sox, Yankees and Cubs built their team as a brand? How much Babe Ruth was worth to his Yankee teams of the 1920s and 1930s.? Baseball teams may have thought conceptually about some of these issues, but Diamond Dollars gives them the math to measure the effectiveness of their thinking and practices. This edition includes a 2013 preface by the author and a foreword by Jim Beattie, former Executive VP and General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos. “Diamond Dollars provides an insightful look at the business of baseball—at the free agent market, teams’ scouting and player development systems, and how clubs market their brands. The book mixes Vince’s business acumen as a top executive at a Fortune 50 company with his passion for the national pastime.” -Mark Attanasio, Chairman and Principal Owner, Milwaukee Brewers “Vince Gennaro shows a profound understanding of the economics of a team’s baseball decisions. His analyses of a team’s win-revenue relationship, the player development system and player valuation, make for a remarkably innovative examination of the baseball front office model that’s just as informative for a baseball executive as for a fan.” -Chris Antonetti, General Manager, Cleveland Indians “Diamond Dollars offers up exciting and stimulating new ideas about the business of baseball. It provides a set of metrics for decisions that have typically been a “gut feeling” for many organizations. I think teams should make this required reading for everyone in their organizations.” -Jim Beattie, former Executive VP and General Manager, Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos “Vince Gennaro has written the best book I’ve read on the business of baseball. It serves as both a “how-to manual” for baseball owners and a tour guide for fans who scratch their heads at the things their teams do. It should find plenty of readers in both camps.” -Dave Studenmund, Editor, The Hardball Times Annual

NFL Confidential

True Confessions from the Gutter of Football

Author: Johnny Anonymous

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062422421

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

View: 9127

A current pro player takes fans on a pseudonymous trip through one of the most infamous years of football—the very long, sometimes funny, often controversial 2013-2014 season—sharing raucous, behind-the-scenes, on-the-field, and in-the-locker-room truth about life in the National Football League. “Well, to hell with being safe. I’m going to be honest.” Johnny Anonymous' life goal was to be nothing greater or less than the Best NFL Back-Up of All Time™. For two years, he was content earning hundreds of thousands of dollars to stand on the sidelines doing absolutely nothing. But early in his third year, a starting lineman is injured, and he suddenly finds himself on the field. For most players, this moment is a dream come true. But not so for our author, one of the incredibly rare birds in football who reach the highest echelons, but who actually hate America’s favorite game. That’s right. Johnny Anonymous hates football. He hates what it does to his body, his brain, his life. Luckily, he can see the humor in his own situation, but also in the machinations of the NFL. Part truth-telling narrative, part whip-smart commentary that only a true insider could bring, part hilarious, NFL Confidential gives football fans a look at a world most would give anything to see, and gives non-fans a wild ride through the strange, and sometimes disturbing customs and realities of football today. Here is a truly unaffiliated look at the nation’s biggest, most lucrative pastime over the course of one of its most transformative seasons. From hard-to-stomach diets, showdowns in the weight room, shenanigans in the locker room, the looming dread of being cut from the team, the racial issues that still exist in modern-day football, the rock-star lifestyle that players find themselves able to afford and sometimes enjoy a little too much, the notion of being lauded in a league plagued by controversy and the sharp contrast between the love/hate of the game and the reality of the job, Johnny reveals a never-before-seen side of the NFL.

The Funniest Baseball Book Ever

The National Pastime's Greatest Quips, Quotations, Characters, Nicknames, and Pranks

Author: Peter Handrinos

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 1449400329

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 352

View: 6325

That old baseball saying is right: It is a funny game. No other sport can compare to the national pastime's vast catalog of silly quips and quotations, unforgettable characters, memorable nicknames, and inventive pranks. The Funniest Baseball Book Ever captures it all between two covers. It's simply the most complete, contemporary resource for baseball humor. This compendium expertly draws on a century of history and several hundred sources to lend the game a new, hilarious perspective. With over 90 percent of its material never before collected in a single volume, The Funniest Baseball Book Ever will entertain and surprise everyone from casual fans to diehards, and from newcomers to veterans. The Funniest Baseball Book Ever is the perfect antidote for those who'd prefer to laugh along with the fun and games--it's one book that lives up to its title's promise.

The New Testosterone Treatment

How You and Your Doctor Can Fight Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Alzheimer's

Author: Edward Friedman,William Cane

Publisher: Prometheus Books

ISBN: 1616147237

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 387

View: 9894

A guide to the biomedical research and a breakthrough treatment plan. Suitable for medical professionals and anyone concerned about their health and the health of their loved ones, it reveals the surprising truth about how you can prevent and treat breast cancer, prostate cancer, and Alzheimer's with testosterone.

The Sabermetric Revolution

Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball

Author: Benjamin Baumer,Andrew Zimbalist

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 0812245725

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 187

View: 1570

The authors look at the history of statistical analysis in baseball, how it can best be used today and how its it must evolve for the future.

Organizational Psychology

A Scientist-Practitioner Approach

Author: Steve M. Jex,Thomas W. Britt

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118724453

Category: Psychology

Page: 720

View: 665

The foundation of organizational psychology, updated to reflect the changing workplace Organizational Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach, Third Edition provides students with a thorough overview of both the science and practice of organizational psychology. Reflecting changes in the global workplace, the third edition expands coverage of the effects of technology on processes and personnel, the generalizability of theories across cultures, including organizational climate, and employee health and well-being. The new edition retains the hallmark features of the text and Expanded coverage of the pervasive effects of technology on the social environment of work, including virtual work and the impact of social media. More graphics, including tables and charts, to help students understand and remember various related concepts and theories. Includes a unique full chapter on research methods and the use of statistics in understanding organizations. New chapter on the work/non-work interface, including consideration of both employees' life stages and changes over their careers. Provides Instructors with comprehensive presentation and testing materials. More on ethics, in light of relatively recent scandals in corporations and in politics. Expanded coverage throughout on cross-cultural issues and diversity in organizations. Additional readings facilitate in-depth learning. Industrial and organizational psychologists contribute to the success of an organization by improving the performance, satisfaction, and well-being of employees. By identifying how behaviors and attitudes can be improved through hiring practices, training programs, and feedback and management systems, I/O psychologists also help organizations transition during periods of change and development. Organizational Psychology: A Scientist-Practitioner Approach, Third Edition is a comprehensive guide to the theory and application of behavioral science in the workplace.

Change Up

An Oral History of 8 Key Events That Shaped Baseball

Author: Larry Burke,Peter Thomas Fornatale,Jim Baker

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 1594861897

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 7185

Change Up is every fan’s box-seat ticket to a remarkable baseball event: a round-table conversation among the participants themselves about pivotal developments that changed the game, from the 1960s to today. Here, through the eyes and words of star players like Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and Ichiro Suzuki, baseball legends like Cal Ripken, Earl Weaver, and Jim Bouton, and award-winning writers like David Marainiss, Bob Lipsyte, and Robert Whiting who reported the stories, are vivid and very personal accounts of some of the most important happenings in the history of the sport. How did the game change with the creation of the players union, the hiring of Frank Robinson as the first black manager, the rise of Latin and Japanese players? From the return of National League baseball to New York to the publication of Ball Four, these are fascinating stories viewed from a unique perspective. Even the most rabid and informed fans will find much that is new in these pages—and they will emerge with a greater understanding and appreciation of the game they love.

The Art of Kissing, 2nd Revised Edition

Author: William Cane

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312334974

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 224

View: 2863

In the ultimate, updated guide to puckering up, a kissing expert helps readers improve their technique, master the various forms (including French and Neck kissing), discover the most sensual kinds of kissing, and much more. Original. 25,000 first printing.

Slaying the Tiger

A Year Inside the Ropes on the New PGA Tour

Author: Shane Ryan

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0553390686

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 448

View: 1197

Taking readers through the 2014 season, it reports on the new talents arriving on the green to dethrone golf's recognized kings and reshape the traditionally old-fashioned sport for a new generation

Baseball Confidential

Author: Bruce Nash,Allan Zullo

Publisher: Pocket

ISBN: 9780671692179

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 223

View: 5449

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