Playing the Field

Why Defense Is the Most Fascinating Art in Major League Baseball


By Jim Kaplan

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Casual fans may concentrate on the duel between batter and pitcher, but for those who know the game of baseball, nothing is more fascinating, or more important, than the art of defense. In Playing the Field Jim Kaplan takes us onto the playing field and into major league dugouts and locker rooms for a definitive look at the great defensive players of the game, past and present. Position by position, and form an overall point of view as well, Kaplan examines the great glove men—their moments of glory, how they do it, how they work together, what makes a Golden Glove winner, the tricks and maneuvers and skills that can cancel out expert hitting and the best laid plans of rival managers. More than seventy photographs help make Playing the Field a book for real baseball fans. It’s a book, too, aspiring young ballplayers can turn to in order to pick up tips that will help them play the game better.


On Sale
Mar 1, 1987
Page Count
190 pages
Algonquin Books

Jim Kaplan

About the Author

Jim Kaplan graduated from Yale and for years covered major league baseball for Sports Illustrated. Now a freelance writer, he lives in New York City. He is also the author of Pine-Tarred and Feathered: A Year on the Baseball Beat.

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