Billy Martin: Baseball's Flawed Genius by Bill Pennington

By Bill Pennington

A New York occasions bestseller

“Enormously exciting . . . Explores the query of no matter if a baseball lifer can really be a sad determine within the vintage sense—a guy destroyed by means of the very characteristics that made him great." — Wall road Journal

“Bill Pennington supplies long-overdue flesh to the sketch . . . Pennington savors the dirt-kicking spectacles with no wasting sight of the man.” — New York instances publication Review[/b]
Even now, years after his dying, Billy Martin continues to be some of the most interesting and charismatic figures in baseball historical past. And the main misunderstood. A supervisor who's broadly thought of to were a baseball genius, Martin is remembered extra for his rabble-rousing and public brawls at the box and rancid. He was once combative and intimidating, but endearing and beloved.

​In Billy Martin, invoice Pennington resolves those contradictions and pens the definitive tale of Martin’s existence. From his hardscrabble early life to his days at the Yankees within the Nineteen Fifties and during 16 years of handling, Martin made yes nobody ever missed him. Drawing on exhaustive interviews and his personal time masking Martin as a tender sportswriter, Pennington presents an intimate, revelatory, and ceaselessly colourful tale of a very larger-than-life sportsman.
“The hair on my forearms used to be status up via the tip of the 5th paragraph of this book’s creation. I knew Billy Martin. I coated Billy Martin. yet I by no means knew him like this.” — Dan Shaughnessy, best-selling writer of Francona
“An exhaustive, targeted and engaging examine a baseball genius whose greatest struggle could rather well were opposed to himself.” — Tampa Tribune

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Players should keep their heads down and watch the ball go into their gloves. 3. Each player should step and follow through when throwing a ground ball to the other line. 24 FACE-TO-FACE DRILL Variation Award points for the fewest poor throws. In this situation, teams take turns throwing grounders to the opposing team. RELATED DRILLS 4, 10, 14, 17 �������������������������������������� 25 9 10 GOALIE DRILL PURPOSE To develop positioning and ball-handling skills for keeping a ground ball in front of the body EQUIPMENT A bucket of baseballs, gloves, cones TIME 1 to 2 minutes per person PROCEDURE 1.

4. The fielder should squeeze the ball with the glove when tagging a runner so that the ball does not fall out of the glove. Variation The base runner receives one point for making it safely back to the base he came from and two points for advancing to the next base. The fielders receive one point for tagging the runner out before he reaches either base. RELATED DRILLS 23, 63 ������������������������������������ 55 25 SCREAM DRILL PURPOSE To practice calling off another fielder on a fly ball EQUIPMENT Bucket of balls, gloves TIME 4 to 8 minutes PROCEDURE 1.

4. When the coach yells, “Throw,” the players bounce their balls to their partners, who field them on one hop. 5. Repeat the drill until the predetermined time is up. 6. Next, each player puts his baseball cap approximately three feet in front of him. 7. On the “go” command the players try to hit their partners’ baseball caps with the balls. 8. The ball should arrive after one hop. KEY POINTS Fielding short hops is one of the most difficult concepts for youth players to master. This drill accustoms players to the short hop.

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