Friday, May 24, 2024

Off-Ball Baseball

 "Mr. Martino, a reporter for SportsNet New York, offers a meditation on one of Gene Michael's obsessions, off-ball baseball: the art of watching what happens on the rest of the field when the stadium audience and TV cameras are focused on the ball. Is the left fielder paying attention in the middle of a 4-6-3 double play? Is the third baseman engaged when the batter lifts a lazy fly ball to the right? As Mr. Martino notes, off-ball baseball provides insight into a player's discipline, focus and ability to anticipate all the things that can go wrong when a bat and ball collide."

- From David M. Shribman's review of The Yankee Way by Andy Martino (The Wall Street Journal, May 23, 2024)

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