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5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for today's baseball fan!
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...
Published on 17 Dec 1998

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
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...
Published on 2 Aug 1999


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3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre, 2 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must reading for today's baseball fan!, 17 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (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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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book from a great broadcaster!, 10 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (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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4.0 out of 5 stars wise, rueful, funny and thoroughly enjoyable, 12 May 1998
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (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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1.0 out of 5 stars hype and cheap shots -- a disappointing book, 23 July 1998
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (Hardcover)
Almost everyone Miller has worked with he claims is "the best," and his biggest inspiration.
After all of that fawning, he tears into recently deceased people, whom he apparently wouldn't have taken on when the were alive and waited until they had passed away to bad mouth them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Loves Baseball, 22 Mar 1999
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (Hardcover)
A wonderful book from a man who loves his baseball, not to mention being one of the finest announcers in the game today. This is must reading for baseball lovers and Major League Baseball Executives!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Baseball Book, 9 April 1998
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (Hardcover)
A wonderful look at baseball with interesting stories as seen from the Broadcasting booth. Written by one of the best sports announcers of all time Jon Miller. Must reading for any baseball fan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was one of the best sports books I've ever read., 22 Mar 1998
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This review is from: Confessions of a Baseball Purist: What's Right and Wrong with Baseball, as Seen from the Best Seat in the House (Hardcover)
This book tells about the legendary Jon Miller. It's perfect for any baseball fan, great for the hard-core baseball fan. You'll read stories, comedy, and much much more. Buy it today!
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