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Where Nobody Knows Your Name: Life In the Minor Leagues of Baseball

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  • Posted March 9, 2014

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    Rating:   5 of 5 stars (outstanding) Review: Triple-A baseba

    Rating:  
    5 of 5 stars (outstanding)




    Review:
    Triple-A baseball, one step below the major leagues, has its own unique culture and lifestyle.  John Feinstein’s book “Where Nobody Knows Your Name” describes this through the eyes and stories of nine men: three position players (Scott Posednik, Nate McClouth, John Lindsey), three pitchers (Scott Elarton, Brett Tomko, Chris Schwinden), two managers (Charlie Montoyo, Ron Johnson) and one umpire (Mark Lollo). Their experience ranges from a young man hoping for that shot at the majors (Schwinden, Lollo) to a former World Series hero trying to get back to the big time (Posednik, who hit a walk-off homer in game 2 of the 2005 World Series while playing for the Chicago White Sox). 




    All nine men featured share what they have liked best and least about Triple-A baseball.  For the managers, they agree that the best moments are telling players that they are being called up.  For a good emotional story, nothing beats that of the time an eleven-year veteran was crying when he was finally promoted during September call-ups. There are humorous stories about the ballparks and travel adventures.  There are human drama stories, especially for some of the older players such as Tomko who wonder at the end of the season if it is time to call it a career or try “one more time.” 




    These types of stories, ones that make famous athletes seem at least a little more like “ordinary people” is a strength of Feinstein’s writing.  He does that in most of his books on any sport, and this is another one of those books that is a winner because of that human element.  Between extensive interviews with each of the men featured (and hundreds of others as well) and the research into each man’s career and achievements, the reader will feel like he or she is sitting in the stands at Lehigh Valley, Norfolk or Durham.  That moment when the player receives his good news of needing to report to Tampa or Boston to join the big club will make the reader cheer. 




    If you are a baseball fan, like human interest stories or just want to see what it is like to be on the cusp of celebrity status, read this book.  Feinstein has made these types of books a joy to read and this is another outstanding book in a long line of them. 




    Did I skim?
    No.  




    Pace of the book:  
    Excellent.  The book took the reader through the 2012 Triple A baseball season through all of the stories chronologically and at a very good pace.  The stories in each were long enough to be meaningful but short enough that the reader could follow them easily.




    Do I recommend?  
    This is a great book for all baseball fans, no matter what level of the game they enjoy. Feinstein brings the experience of the game from the clubhouse to the manager’s office to the field onto these pages that anyone who loves this game will enjoy.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Easy Reading

    Great book for baseball fans who want to learn about the struggles of players and an umpire who want to return or go for the first time to the "big show". As with all Feinstein books wonderfully written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Feinstein being Feinstein! And anyone reading this will be glad

    Feinstein being Feinstein! And anyone reading this will be glad he is!
    A neat twisted story = you might think its about baseball but ends up being about the people in baseball. A terrific story telling us outsiders what it is like to be on the inside. As is often the case the people in celeb. status are not what we think they are.
    A good baseball read and a great human interest story! Feinstein is brillant at this stuff!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    Good

    Was a different read for me and I enjoyed the book. As you start to read you understand its not all happy ending just like real life.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Highly recommend! Definitely check it out!

    My 13 year old son loved this book! He was completely absorbed in the story and information and only put the book down when he had to go to school or baseball practice!

    We had just come back from Vasalia, California, where we saw minor leagues play. It was perfect timing. If you love the game of baseball, you'll love this book for sure!

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    Another HR for Feinstein

    If you at all like baseball or have gone to a minor league game, you will love this book. A true look at life in the minors by players going up and going down the ladder. Feinstein has written many great books and this is another one of his best efforts. You really see what it's like to go up and down the minor-league ladder and then finally reach the majors, only to be sent back to clear a roster spot. Excellent sports book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Like every Feinstein book I've read, this one was just as excell

    Like every Feinstein book I've read, this one was just as excellent. As a baseball fan, you know there's a glaring difference between Major League and Minor League Baseball, but seeing it directly through the experiences of  those living it (players, coaches, umpires) really gives readers a clear idea of the ups and downs, literally and figuratively.

    I recognized many of the players mentioned throughout the book, and so, I found it to be a really interesting to see where they ended up once they were no longer big league commodities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Dark

    No i didnt it could have been an imposter

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Book Binding was damaged - very disappointed.

    I bought the autographed edition and my book binding was torn - very disappointed - won't do that again!

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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