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The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

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The Cheater's Guide to Baseball

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Derek Zumsteg
publisher:
Houghton Mifflin
genre:
Sports, Nonfiction

We gave it a B

The Pitch Derek Zumsteg’s The Cheater’s Guide to Baseball is an irreverent history of (and instructional guide to) spitballing, bat corking, sign stealing, and other practices that ”made baseball into what it is today.”

Curveball Using performance-enhancing drugs ”is not nearly as wrong as game fixing,” insists Zumsteg. ”Someone using steroids is trying to play better, not tamper with the essential nature of the contest.” Somewhere, Barry Bonds is smiling.

Final Score A stand-up double. B