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Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House Hardcover – 27 Apr 1998


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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (27 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684845180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684845180
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,851,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Miller's effort to capsulate the All-American game might be called Ruthian." -- New York Times



"What sets Miller's memoir apart from other, similar accounts is his opinionated insider's view of the game. For example, he likes some interleague play but adamantly opposes radical realignment of the league structure. Baseball fans will love Miller's mix of opinion, anecdote, and self-deprecating humor." -- Booklist



"Miller's book is loaded with commonsense insight into the world of baseball." -- USA Today



"Baseball fans given to debating the game's structure and style of play will find plenty here to engage their interests." -- Washington Post



"Crammed with great stories, candid observations, and a genuine affection for the game." -- San Francisco Chronicle



"A charming little memoir." -- Chicago Tribune

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By A Customer on 2 Aug 1999
Format: Hardcover
Maybe I'm being too critical here. I mean, I like Jon Miller. He's an excellent broadcaster. He certainly knows his baseball. But can he write? The answer (even with assistance) is, disappointingly, no. He has some good anecdotes, and makes some good points, but as I was reading it, I couldn't help wondering, "Where is this book going?" The answer is nowhere. It's meandering and disjointed. He makes all of his "controversial" points in the first chapter, but then offers nothing to back up his theses later in the book. Still, if you want to learn about Jon Miller, to read some interesting stories about the colorful players and broadcasters Miller has encountered over the years, AND get a defense in of Miller's decision to leave the broadcasting booth for the Baltimore Orioles, then go ahead and buy the book. But, perhaps you would feel you're getting your money's worth if you waited for the paperback version or maybe borrowed it from your local library.
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By A Customer on 17 Dec 1998
Format: Hardcover
Had an opportunity to read this book over the Thanksgiving holiday...just couldn't put it down. Jon Miller gives baseball fans and purists an updated insider's view on many of the issues that are of prime concern to today's baseball fans such as: the designated hitter, interleague play, outrageous salaries, current and future hall of famers; and he gives you all the details of his divorce with the Baltimore Orioles and notes interesting tidbits about Baltimore's greedy and incompetent owner -- Peter Angelos.
Easy to read. Easy to understand and enjoy.
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By A Customer on 10 Jun 1998
Format: Hardcover
I already knew that ESPN's Miller was the game's preeminent play-by-play man; "Confessions..." proves that he's a most capable writer as well. With a highly enjoyable mixture of autobiography, ancecdote, and opinion on the state of the sport in the '90s, Miller lets his obvious love for the pastime shine through. I don't agree with all of his opinions (this purist hates the DH), but I love his style. It's a welcome antidote to more pedantic mouthpieces like Bob Costas and George Will. END
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Format: Hardcover
OK, OK, so I'm an Oriole fan, and still grieving Jon Miller's departure for points west. I admit it. Still, I think I can objectively say: this is a terrific read. Miller is smart, opinionated, and articulate, and he *loves* baseball. Moreover, he is acutely conscious of the game's history, and the lessons and perspectives to be gleaned from it. More important, he exhibits a fine sense of humor that doesn't stop at his own doorstep. Any serious baseball fan, anywhere, should enjoy this book.
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