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The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
by , Dana Mackenzie

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English

Pages

432

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<div><b>A Turing Award-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>"Correlation is not causation." This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. Today, that taboo is dead. The causal revolution, instigated by Judea Pearl and his colleagues, has cut through a century of confusion and established causality--the study of cause and effect--on a firm scientific basis. His work explains how we can know easy things, like whether it was rain or a sprinkler that made a sidewalk wet; and how to answer hard questions, like whether a drug cured an illness. Pearl's work enables us to know not just whether one thing causes another: it lets us explore the world that is and the worlds that could have been. It shows us the essence of human thought and key to artificial intelligence. Anyone who wants to understand either needs <i>The Book of Why</i>.<br /><br /></div><div><br /></div>
I'm Keith Hernandez: A Memoir
by Keith Hernandez

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

May 15, 2018

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<strong>Legendary first baseman Keith Hernandez tells all in this gripping and literary memoir.</strong> <div><strong><br /></strong></div> <div>Keith Hernandez revolutionized the role of first baseman. During his illustrious career with the World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets, he was a perennial fan favorite, earning eleven consecutive Gold Gloves, a National League co-MVP Award, and a batting title. But it was his unique blend of intelligence, humor, and talent--not to mention his unflappable leadership, playful antics, and competitive temperament--that transcended the sport and propelled him to a level of renown that few other athletes have achieved, including his memorable appearances on the television show <em>Seinfeld</em>. </div> <div><br /></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div>Now, with a striking mix of candor and self-reflection, Hernandez takes us along on his journey to baseball immortality. There are the hellacious bus rides and south-of-the-border escapades of his minor league years. His major league benchings, unending plate adjustments, and role in one of the most exciting batting races in history against Pete Rose. Indeed, from the Little League fields of Northern California to the dusty proving grounds of triple-A ball to the grand stages of Busch Stadium and beyond, <em>I'm Keith Hernandez</em> reveals as much about America's favorite pastime as it does about the man himself. </div> <div><br /></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div></div> <div>What emerges is an honest and compelling assessment of the game's past, present, and future--a memoir that showcases one of baseball's most unique and experienced minds at his very best. </div>
Saving Babe Ruth (Prequel to the Lawyer David Thompson Thriller S...
by Tom Swyers

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English

Pages

352

Publication Date

June 27, 2014

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<b>An award-winning, Amazon #1 bestselling novel destined to become a classic.</b><br /><br />Did you ever get yourself involved in something only to discover that it's way bigger than you? Imagine corruption surrounding you and that there's no escape. It's too late for you to back out, but you're going to pay a heavy price for moving forward to make things right. That's when you have to suck it up and say to yourself:<br /><br /><i>Striking out is not an option . . . </i><br /><br />Survival is the name of the game when two obsessed men teeter on the cusp of madness in a war over a kids' baseball field in this thriller based on a true story.<br /><br />Travel baseball promoter Rob Barkus has a full bench. He's backed by a corrupt board of directors, a sports-fixated high school administration, and a mob of crazy travel baseball parents. He'll stop at nothing to kill the town's sandlot baseball league so that his elite travel teams can take over its beautiful Babe Ruth baseball field.<br /><br />The only obstacle between Barkus and his field of dreams is David Thompson, a Civil War buff and burned-out lawyer. When Thompson steps up to save the crumbling league for his son and the rest of the sandlot players in town, Barkus unleashes a cunning and ruthless attack against David, his family, and his teenaged league of misfit players.<br /><br />Thompson is outnumbered and surrounded. He's like a man who walked into quicksand. The harder he struggles to save the league, the deeper he sinks. On top of it all, Thompson is stuck in a family Catch-22. If he surrenders, he might lose his son's love along with his own self-respect, not to mention losing the game of summer for the sandlot kids in town. Yet if he doesn't back down, it threatens his marriage and deprives his son of any chance to play on the high school team.<br /><br />Thompson is on an emotional roller coaster and he can't get off. He is fighting his own civil war as he struggles to make a difference in the town he cherishes without harming the family he loves.<br /><br />Standing alone and pushed to his breaking point, he needs to figure out when to fold and when to fight. One thing is for sure: if he finally snaps, he won't take any prisoners.<br /><br />Captivating characters lead double lives and keep secrets in this award-winning page-turner, laced with humor, about a man who takes a stand and risks it all to make a difference in a world gone mad.<br /><br /><i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Margot Livesey says Swyers "has created a man for all seasons" in David Thompson and calls <i>Saving Babe Ruth</i> "an absorbing and compulsively readable novel."<br /><br />In a foreword, Babe Ruth's grandson, Tom Stevens, calls <i>Saving Babe Ruth<i> a "great story."<br /><br /><b>Read <i>Saving Babe Ruth</i> as the prequel to the Lawyer David Thompson Series which starts with the <i>The Killdeer Connection</i> as the first book. <i>The Killdeer Connection</i> was selected as a 2017 winner in Amazon's international Kindle Scout writing competition.</b><br /><br /><i> Saving Babe Ruth </i> is an Amazon multiple category bestseller.<br /><br /><b>Gold Winner,  Benjamin Franklin Award, 2015 "Best First Book: Fiction."<br />Silver Winner, Benjamin Franklin Award, 2015 "Best Popular Fiction."<br />Readers Views, "Best Regional Fiction 2014/2015: Northeast."<br />Finalist, "Best New Fiction," 2014 USA Best Book Awards.</b></i></i><i><i></i></i>
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

March 17, 2004

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<p>"This delightfully written, lesson-laden book deserves a place of its own in the Baseball Hall of Fame." —<em>Forbes</em></p><br /><em>Moneyball</em> is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of new baseball knowledge—insights that will give the little guy who is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
2018 Little League® Baseball Official Regulations, Playing Rules...
by Little League Internation...

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English

Pages

355

Publication Date

February 22, 2018

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The 2018 Official Little League® Baseball Rulebook includes: <br />- Significant Rule Changes for 2018<br />- General Information (Chartering, Player Eligibility Divisions of Play, FAQs etc…) <br />- Official Regulations<br />- Field Diagrams<br />- Official Playing Rules<br />- Tournament Rules and Guidelines <br />- Operating Policies<br /><br />The book covers the Little League Tee Ball, Minor League, Major League, Intermediate (50/70) Division, Junior League and Senior League Divisions.<br /><br />Please note that the eBook versions of the Rulebooks have been updated to include changes from the 2018 Little League International Congress. These changes are effective immediately and are not included in the printed versions. <br /><br />Visit LittleLeague.org/Rules for the more information about these rule updates.
Ninety Percent Mental: An All-Star Player Turned Mental Skills Co...
by Bob Tewksbury

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<b>Former Major League pitcher and mental skills coach for two of baseball's legendary franchises (the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants) Bob Tewksbury takes fans inside the psychology of baseball.</b><br /><br />In <i>Ninety Percent Mental</i>, Bob Tewksbury shows readers a side of the game only he can provide, given his singular background as both a longtime MLB pitcher and a mental skills coach for two of the sport's most fabled franchises, the Boston Red Sox and San Francisco Giants. Fans watching the game on television or even at the stadium don't have access to the mind games a pitcher must play in order to get through an at-bat, an inning, a game. Tewksbury explores the fascinating psychology behind baseball, such as how players use techniques of imagery, self-awareness, and strategic thinking to maximize performance, and how a pitcher's strategy changes throughout a game. He also offers an in-depth look into some of baseball's most monumental moments and intimate anecdotes from a "who's who" of the game, including legendary players who Tewksbury played with and against (such as Mark McGwire, Craig Biggio, and Greg Maddux), game-changing managers and executives (Joe Torre, Bruce Bochy, Brian Sabean), and current star players (Jon Lester, Anthony Rizzo, Andrew Miller, Rich Hill).<br /><br />With Tewksbury's esoteric knowledge as a thinking-fan's player and his expertise as a "baseball whisperer", this entertaining book is perfect for any fan who wants to see the game in a way he or she has never seen it before. <i>Ninety Percent Mental </i>will deliver an unprecedented look at the mound games and mind games of Major League Baseball. <br />
The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking
by , Jeff Passan

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English

Pages

366

Publication Date

April 01, 2018

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<DIV>With its three-hour-long contests, 162-game seasons, and countless measurable variables, baseball is a sport which lends itself to self-reflection and obsessive analysis. It's a thinking game. It's also a shifting game. Nowhere is this more evident than in the statistical revolution which has swept through the pastime in recent years, bringing metrics like WAR, OPS, and BABIP into front offices and living rooms alike. So what's on the horizon for a game that is constantly evolving?</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Positioned at the crossroads of sabermetrics and cognitive science, <I>The Shift</I> alters the trajectory of both traditional and analytics-based baseball thought. With a background in clinical psychology as well as experience in major league front offices, Baseball Prospectus' Russell Carleton illuminates advanced statistics and challenges cultural assumptions, demonstrating along the way that data and logic need not be at odds with the human elements of baseball—in fact, they're inextricably intertwined.</DIV><DIV> </DIV><DIV>Covering topics ranging from infield shifts to paradigm shifts, Carleton writes with verve, honesty, and an engaging style, inviting all those who love the game to examine it deeply and maybe a little differently. Data becomes digestible; intangibles are rendered not only accessible, but quantifiable. Casual fans and statheads alike will not want to miss this compelling meditation on what makes baseball tick.</DIV>
Gator: My Life in Pinstripes
by , Andrew Beaton

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English

Pages

214

Publication Date

March 20, 2018

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<b><b>Legendary New York Yankees pitcher Ron Guidry recounts his years playing for one of the most storied and celebrated teams in sports history--the world champion New York Yankees during their heyday in the Bronx Zoo years, with manic manager Billy Martin, headline loving owner George Steinbrenner, and an ego-driven all-star cast that included everyone from slugger Reggie Jackson and All star catcher Thurman Munson to Cy Young Award winners Sparky Lyle and Catfish Hunter.</b></b><br /><br />Ron Guidry, known as Gator and Louisiana Lightning to his teammates, quickly rose in 1977 to become the ace of the Yankees' stellar pitching staff, helping the team regarded as the most famous and notorious in Yankee history win the World Series. In 1978, he went 25-3 with a 1.74 ERA and won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in baseball, helping to bring home the Yankees' second straight World Series championship. A four-time All Star and five-time Golden Glove winner, he played from 1976 to 1988, served as the Yankees' captain in the 1980s, and remains one of the greatest pitchers in Yankee history. In <i>Gator</i>, Guidry takes us inside the clubhouse to tell us what it was like to play amidst the chaos and almost daily confrontations between Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner, Martin's altercations with star slugger Reggie "the straw that stirs the drink" Jackson. He talks poignantly about the death of Thurman Munson in 1979, and the impact that had on Ron and on the club. He tells stories about players like Lou Pinella, Willie Randolph, Bucky Dent, Catfish Hunter, Chris Chambliss, and Mickey Rivers, and coach Yogi Berra (who in 1984 became the Yankees' manager) and Elston Howard.
Gehrig and the Babe: The Friendship and the Feud
by Tony Castro

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English

Pages

313

Publication Date

April 01, 2018

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<DIV>The legendary achievements of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig are undeniable hallmarks of baseball history. Much has been written about the two men as teammates, but Ruth and Gehrig's relationship away from the field is rarely, if ever, explored. In <I>Gehrig and the Babe</I>, Tony Castro portrays Ruth and Gehrig for what they were: American icons who were remarkably different men. For the first time, readers will learn about a friendship driven apart, an enduring feud which wove its way in and out of their Yankees glory years and chilled their interactions until July 4, 1939—Lou Gehrig Day at Yankee Stadium—when Gehrig's famous farewell address thawed out their stone silence.</DIV>
Catapult Loading System: How To Teach 100-Pound Hitters To Consis...
by Joey Myers

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English

Pages

141

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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"My son at 10yo (90-lbs) is highly coach-able. I taught him the system in February and he hit well during the season <br />but could only hit the ball around 180'. Then all of a sudden around June he started killing the ball. He was hitting <br />home runs every game and hit a ball at least 250-feet" - Michael Parillo (via email)<br /><br />Sick of struggling to help hitters drive the ball hard with more consistency? Dramatically increase <br />power without sacrificing swing quality. Literally thousands of coaches across the nation are getting predictably <br />positive results with hitters using the CLS system. How? By applying human movement principles validated by REAL <br />science to hitting a ball, and NOT "bro-science".<br /><br />THIS STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO CONSISTENT POWER TEACHES: <br /><br />- How to master a handful of human movement principles, so you can slice the "teach hitting" learning curve in half. <br />- How to effectively load the body, so your hitters can optimize their batted ball distance potential.<br />- How elite-hitters are revealing ways to hit balls with High-Exit-Speeds, swing after swing, using three elements a 4-year-old can understand.<br />- Why 'loading and exploding the hips' is bad for lower back, and how to teach hitters a highly effective but SAFE swing.<br /><br />THE NEW EXPANDED EDITION INCLUDES:<br /><br />- 'How to practice' section at end of each movement principle Chapter.<br />- How to train a 2-year-old to hit a moving ball (proof that NOT only elite hitters can be taught these movements).<br />- Why pitchers are taught to pitch around ineffective swing paths, and how to turn their weapon against them.<br />- Why coaches MUST focus their hitters' efforts on targeting and elevating pitches low in the zone.<br />- How to teach timing and get hitters on-time more often in games.

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