By John Feinstein
From the acclaimed no 1 bestselling writer . . . a riveting trip throughout the global of minor-league baseball
“No one grows up enjoying baseball pretending that they’re pitching or hitting in Triple-A.” —Chris Schwinden, Triple-A pitcher
“If you don’t love it right here, do a greater job.” —Ron Johnson, Triple-A manager
John Feinstein gave readers an extraordinary view of the PGA journey in A stable stroll Spoiled. He opened the door to an NCAA basketball locker room in his explosive bestseller A Season at the breaking point. Now, turning his eye to our nationwide hobby, activities journalist John Feinstein explores the colourful and mysterious international of minor-league baseball—a gateway by which all major-league avid gamers move of their careers . . . hoping by no means to return.
Baseball’s minor leagues are a paradox. For a few gamers, the minors are a wonderful launching pad towards years of popularity and fortune; for others, a crash-landing pad while damage or negative play forces an immense leaguer again to a lifetime of imprecise ballparks and cramped buses rather than Fenway Park and lush constitution planes. Focusing completely at the Triple-A point, one step underneath significant League Baseball, Feinstein introduces readers to 9 distinctive males: 3 pitchers, 3 place gamers, managers, and an umpire. via their compelling tales, Feinstein pulls again the veil on a league that's chock-full of proficient baseball gamers, managers, and umpires who're all one second clear of getting referred to as up—or back—to the majors.
The tales are tough to think: a first-round draft choose and pitching ace who rocketed to major-league good fortune ahead of discovering himself unexpectedly out of the sport, hatching a presumptuous plan to get another shot on the mound; a house run–hitting former international sequence hero who lived the dream, then bounced between six groups ahead of dealing with the clients of an unceremonious finish to his occupation; a big-league All-Star who, within the span of 5 months, went from being thoroughly out of baseball to changing into a celebrity within the ALDS, then signing a $10 million agreement; and a favored unique hitter who toiled for eighteen seasons within the minors—a list he by no means desired to set—before dealing with his ultimate, hugely emotional likelihood for a call-up to the massive leagues.
From Raleigh to Pawtucket, from Lehigh Valley to Indianapolis and past, Where no one is aware Your Name provides readers an intimate examine a baseball global now not generally obvious through the fanatics. John Feinstein will get to the center of the human tales in a uniquely compelling manner, crafting a masterful booklet that stands along his best possible works.
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The Mariners had never made the playoffs in their 19-year history, but it was crucial that they do so now. The team was losing millions of dollars each year at the Kingdome, and management claimed that without a new stadium the team would have to move to another city. The Mariners' sensational performance late in the season had ignited baseball fever in the community, but many feared that their drive for a new ballpark would fail if they were eliminated by the Angels. More than 50,000 noisy fans crammed into the Kingdome to watch Randy go up against Angels ace Mark Langston.
Page 60 As it turned out, Randy wasn't quite ready for Opening Day because he had to proceed so slowly in spring training. Still, his comeback from surgery was a phenomenal success. From nearly the moment he made his first start against Boston on April 5, it was clear that Randy was headed back to being the most dominating pitcher in the league. For proof, there was a one-hit shutout of Detroit, in which he struck out 15. Then came a 19-strikeout effort against Oakland, establishing an American League record for left-handersand another 19-strikeout game against the White Sox, making him the first to record that many strikeouts in a game twice in a season.
On this, the biggest day of his career, the only regret was that his dad wasn't in the ballpark to see it. Page 8 Randy, the youngest of six children, is very close to his mother, Carol. 25 million deal, he spoke lovingly of his parents. Before his death, Bud had been a policeman in Livermore, California, southeast of Oakland. Carol was a homemaker. Randy, born on September 10, 1963, was the youngest of six children. "Mom was the one who got me to my first Little League tryout on time," Randy said.