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Ichiro's Art of Playing Baseball

Ichiro's Art of Playing Baseball

Learn How to Hit, Steal, and Field Like an All-Star

Jim Rosenthal

St. Martin's Griffin

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Ichiro Suzuki is one of the world's best known baseball superstars--a five-time All-star, a rookie of the year and MVP award-winner, two-time batting chamption and four-time Gold Glove winner and current holder of the single-season hits record. Now, with his co-operation, Ichiro gives solid advice and instruction for young athletes around the world on how to play baseball. He offers unique views on hitting, bunting, playing the outfield, and lots more.

With instructional photos throughout, easy how-to advice, and drills suitable for everyone, this book covers all the fundamentals:
*reading pitchers and pitches
*situational hitting and basic offensive strategy
*sacrifice bunting and bunting for a base hit
*stealing the perfect base
*fielding and throwing fundamentals
*mental preparation for the game
*drills to improve your running, hitting, and throwing

Whether you are young or old, professional or beginner, coach or parent, you will find the advice in this book an invaluable guide to improving your skills.

EXCERPT

ICHIRO'S ART OF PLAYING BASEBALL

Chapter 1
HITTING WITH THE OPTIC NERVE
"You can only hit when the information picked up by your optic nerve is processed by your brain and then transmitted accurately to your body....

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“Ichiro is more than just a great hitter—he is perfect example of an artist who knows how to make adjustments at the plate to help his team win games… No one else in the game today is a better pure hitter. And no one is a better role model for the next generation of All-Star talent—in the US, Japan, Latin America… and wherever baseball is played, enjoyed and appreciated for its beauty and simplicity.” —Alex Rodriguez, 2005 and 2003 American League Most Valuable Player

About the author

Jim Rosenthal

Jim Rosenthal is a well-known sports, fitness, and food writer who has co-authored several books, including Randy Johnson's Power Pitching, Leo Mazzone's Pitch Like a Pro, Tony Gwynn's Total Baseball Player, Nolan Ryan's Pitcher's Bible, and Kiana's Bodysculpting. He lives in Vermont with his family.

Jim Rosenthal

Jim Rosenthal

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