Answers at a glance

Using the best principles of information design, every chapter and page offers a complete explanation of each topic. The pages shown to the right, for instance, compare differences and similarities between the two legal pitching positions – the Windup and the Set positions.

Faster than a gaggle of umpires?

Unlike Major League Baseball's official rule book, the Baseball Field Guide organizes all the information in a logical sequence, easily accessed through a comprehensive table of contents and index.

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Richly illustrated

Pictures can be a lot more descriptive than words. And they're more colorful. Our illustrations and diagrams help clarify the rules for many of the complex plays that can occur in a game. To help you fully understand the rules of baseball we created more than 200 illustrations. They'll help you visualize plays on the field, sequences of play for which certain rules apply, and equipment and field specifications.

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Field and equipment specifications

From the size and weight of a baseball, to the dimensions of a fielder’s glove, to the layout and location of the coaches' boxes, the Baseball Field Guide is a great resource for facts and interesting details about the field and equipment.

What's "information design"?

It's exactly what it sounds like. The way we get information off of a printed page depends on many factors – writing style, typeface choice, page layout, hierarchy of information, clarity of the illustrations, color – even the white space where nothing appears can make a difference. Being both designers and baseball fans, we wrote, arranged and designed the pages for Baseball Field Guide simultaneously, to get you to answers as quickly and clearly as possible. Note for instance, that many topics start and end within a page or a double-page spread. We want, where possible, to present the information in a single view, with page turning kept to a minimum.

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