Tourtellotte: On ‘Weaver on Strategy’

From SABR member Shane Tourtellotte at The Hardball Times on July 11, 2017:

Earl Weaver was not only one of the most successful managers baseball has known, he was also one of the most distinctive in managerial style. Weaver was known to scorn the sacrifice bunt and other one-run strategies, basing his teams instead on “pitching, defense, and the three-run home run.” He also had frequent and entertaining run-ins with the umpires, leading to nearly 100 ejections in his career.

When he retired as Baltimore Orioles manager after the 1982 season, Weaver went to work with sportswriter Terry Pluto on a book. That volume, Weaver on Strategy, was a deep look into how Weaver approached a wide range of baseball situations, explaining his philosophies in detail seldom seen before or since.

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Originally published: July 13, 2017. Last Updated: July 13, 2017.