So, you're well-acquainted with the infield fly rule, the DH, the sixteen ways a batter is out, the hand-to-mouth rule... maybe even Lena Blackburne Rubbing Mud*. But I suspect you’ll still discover something you didn't know about America's pastime in these pages.
All the rules and customs are clearly explained and easily referenced, and the clear, crisp diagrams (particularly those major league field comparisons – they fill me with joy) are a warm, sweet-smelling spring breeze of informative illustration.
* a "fine, chocolate pudding mud" used by every major league umpire to degloss balls before every game -- it has been used for this purpose for the last half-century and is from an "undisclosed location along the Delaware River" in New Jersey. Awesome.
Even if you're a diehard fan of the national pastime—admit it: sometimes the umpire's call can be a little baffling. And if you're relatively new to the game, there's certainly more than enough to keep you asking questions about the fine points of Major League Baseball. This revised and updated edition of the Baseball Field Guide explains the rules in plain English, enhanced with plenty of examples and illustrations you won't find anywhere else. The result is an easy-to-use and entertaining reference guide that's designed for quick and intuitive searches, helping you understand every aspect of the game while adding to your enjoyment of the sport. Inside you'll find: the rules that apply before, during, and after the game equipment specifications and field requirements the duties of the coaches, managers, and umpires the rules for spectators (yes, they have rules, too) the clearest explanation anywhere of the infamous Infield Fly Rule.