Baseball Field Guide by Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger

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Baseball Field Guide: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball by Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger (3rd Edition) 

Paperback: 256 Pages

Publisher: The Experiment (March 22, 2016)

ISBN-13: 978-1615193288

Synopsis: Admit it: Even if you’re a diehard fan of our national pastime, sometimes an umpire’s call can be a little baffling. And for newer fans, Major League Baseball’s nuanced rules—developed and revised over decades—can be downright perplexing.

Now updated throughout with the latest changes, such as the “Buster Posey rule” on collisions at home plate, the Baseball Field Guide explains every rule in plain English:

  • Rules that apply before, during, and after the game
  • Equipment specifications and field requirements
  • Duties of the coaches, managers, and umpires
  • Rules for spectators (yes, they have rules, too!)
  • The clearest explanation anywhere of the infamous Infield Fly Rule, and much more!

Designed for quick and intuitive searches, this entertaining reference will help you understand every aspect of the game and add to your enjoyment of the sport.

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Baseball is one of the oldest organized sports in North America – but it is also one of the most complicated with rules that most die-hard fans don’t even completely understand. Baseball Field Guide is exactly what the title says: An In-Depth Illustrated Guide to the Complete Rules of Baseball. Dan Formosa and Paul Hamburger did an amazing job creating a practical and useful handbook that covers all aspects of the complicated game, from the basic rules of baseball to in-depth areas such as the rules of running, pitching, batting and fielding.

This revised and updated third edition has incorporated new rules and regulations of baseball.

Formosa and Hamburger use a great mixture of words, diagrams, charts and pictures to help in their explanation of the sport. The back glossary helps to explain terms that are used throughout the book and the index is really helpful in finding information quickly.

What I really enjoyed was the tidbits of information included about past events that happened in baseball – it helped me to learn not just about the practical aspects of the game, but the history of baseball as well. A great handbook for any new or existing baseball fan who wants to have a stronger understanding of the game!

Rating: 9/10

*I received this book for free from Thomas Allen & Sons for an honest review*

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