Off speed baseball pitching and the art of deception terry mcdermott on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers longlisted for the pen espn award for literary sports writing the lively and fascinating story of baseballs 150 year hunt for the perfect pitch in august 2012. Nine innings nine pitch types nine chapters using the framework of a perfectly pitched game specifically the perfect game pitched by felix hernandex in aug 2012 this books tells the story of baseball pitching and the art of deception. The lively and fascinating story of baseballs 150 year hunt for the perfect pitch in august 2012 felix hernandez of the seattle mariners pitched a perfect game against the tampa bay rays in what terry mcdermott calls one of the greatest exhibitions of off speed pitches ever put on. Off speed is very much like the perfect game it describes a true gem terry mcdermotts off speed baseball pitching and the art of deception is a wonderfully entertaining blend of baseball statistics and lore deft personal memoirs akin to those found in a christmas story with healthy doses of writing reminiscent of comedic writer dave barry all interwoven around one of only 23
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