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Weaver on Strategy: The Classic Work on the Art of Managing a Baseball Team
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Weaver on Strategy: The Classic Work on the Art of Managing a Baseball Team [Kindle Edition]

Terry Pluto , Earl Weaver

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I learned more from Earl Weaver than anyone else I ever played for or against.

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During his career as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles, Earl Weaver was called “baseball’s resident genius.” His distinctive style of managing helped his teams finish first or second thirteen times in his seventeen years as a manager. This volume reveals Weaver’s approach to the game, with a focus on how to manage a roster, a lineup, and a pitching staff. He defines the differences between running a team during a single game and managing it during an entire season. In his characteristically blunt style, Weaver explains everything from how to tell when a pitcher is tiring to how and when to argue with an umpire. Successful ball clubs still mimic his offensive strategies. Readers of this updated edition will learn new ways to think about the game as it’s played today.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2625 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; Revised edition (30 April 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OSY9JG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #796,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting reading 24 Jan 2003
By Ray Kidder - Published on
Earl Weaver reveals some of the reasons he was such a successful manager. Baseball fans can use this book to get a better understanding of the strategy behind the managerial decisions. Some of Earl Weaver's advice is admittedly questionable for the current game, so he added a 2002 epilogue to comment on his past advice. Earl Weaver was not as hot headed as was the impression from his arguments with umpires. His additude is that it was better for the manager to be thrown out of a game than to have one of his valuable players thrown out. He explains how he looked upon each decision as a type of gamble, basing the odds of success largely on past performace when a player was in a similar situation. That is why he kept and used lots of player statistics.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great advice for a fan, coach or manager 1 Feb 2008
By Aaron T. Whitehead - Published on
Years of statistical research and number-crunching have proven one thing: Earl Weaver was a pretty smart guy. Weaver, who didn't frown on using numbers himself, was a living hybrid of old-fashioned baseball wisdom and a forward-thinking organizational mind that helped turn the Baltimore Orioles into a dynasty.
For the fan, you can read about how Weaver achieved such great success in the majors with methods not out of line with modern, or "sabermetric" analysis.
For a manager or coach, Weaver offers a lot of practical advice about managing a ballclub. This won't teach you how to hit a curveball, but it will tell you what lineup to use against a curveball pitcher, how to handle players both young and old, and how to run an effective spring training regimen.
Weaver's advice is pertinent and insightful even now, 20 years after he managed his last game.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball's Greatest Manager 19 Jan 2013
By Christopher W. Kash - Published on
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I've owned this book for several years but felt compelled to write a review after Weaver passed away on January 19, 2013. Weaver was one of, if not the first, managers to embrace what came to be known as Sabermetrics in how he shaped and utilized his team. This book explains his philosophies on hitting, fielding and pitching and contains insight that remains as valuable to winning baseball in the 21st century as it was when he managed the great Orioles teams of the 70's. Weaver's humor and irascibility run throughout the narrative. The man loved baseball and his contributions to the game will never be forgotten.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Natural at Managing 28 Aug 2011
By Khalil Gibran - Published on
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This is a great, quick read on the basics of managing a Major League Baseball Team. Weaver preaches many principles of sabermetrics, before they had come into vogue. Instead, he had come to espouse many sabermetric principles (i.e. high OBP guys at the top of the lineup, eschewing stealing/the hit and run/sacrifice bunting) not by reading Bill James, but simply from watching thousands of baseball games. His book lays out his simple yet innovative approaches to the game, and also, indirectly proves how intelligent of a manager he had been.

Admittedly, this book is a little dated, but his main points still hold true in today's game. For anyone who wants to talk intelligently about managers in the Majors. This is a must read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Earl is Dead, Long Live the Earl! 2 Mar 2013
By Bruce R. - Published on
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With Baseball season almost here, I needed a baseball book to tide more over till then. Weaver, the former Skipper of my Beloved Baltimore Orioles, gives in this short readable book funny, insightful explanations ias to how the game should be managed and played. The advice is still good today. Earl you'll be missed. Try to keep the language clean when you're talking around all those angels in Heaven...
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