Major League Encounters

Major League Encounters

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by Larry LaRue
     
 

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It's an exclusive club. Thirty teams, 25 players each, 750 players in all. For every new player that wins a place on the roster, another player is removed. A few talented players have careers that cover more than two decades. Most last less than three years. But for those who can retain a place on the roster, the money is good - minimum wage is almost $450,000 a year.

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It's an exclusive club. Thirty teams, 25 players each, 750 players in all. For every new player that wins a place on the roster, another player is removed. A few talented players have careers that cover more than two decades. Most last less than three years. But for those who can retain a place on the roster, the money is good - minimum wage is almost $450,000 a year. And if they're really superstars, they can end up with an annual eight-figure salary. But there is more to it than money. The men of baseball love the game and they love the clubhouse. The game sometimes costs them their wives and time with their kids. The clubhouse is where they bond as a team and as a family. As with all families, it is a place of laughter and anger, tragedy and loss, happiness and dysfunction. And what unites that family is love. The love of a game called baseball. This collection of encounters with some of these men by sportswriter Larry LaRue takes the readers inside the clubhouse and behind the scenes to share with the reader what these men have accomplished and the price they have paid.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983787327
Publisher:
Reader Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2012
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

Meet the Author

Larry LaRue has been writing most of his life, working for five newspapers, a business journal and an entertainment magazine wrapped around brief
careers as a window washer, bouncer and private investigator.
For more than 30 years, he's covered major league baseball, building relationships while gathering anecdotes and stories like those in 'Major League Encounters.'
Since 1988, LaRue has worked with the Tacoma News Tribune, writing, taking photos, blogging and most recently entering the world of Twitter (@larrylarue).
LaRue lives in Gig Harbor, Washington with his wife, Marie, two indoor cats, one emergency outdoor cat and a tail-less racoon named Massive Butt-Wound Stumpy. He has a grown daughter, Jessica, who is a poet and Herbalife coach, living in Southern California.

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Major League Encounters 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
PeteWevurski More than 1 year ago
NOT EXACTLY A GRAND SLAM ... But only because Larry LaRue doesn't slam anyone. But Lash surely has hit a grand home run of the literary kind with Major League Encounters, comprising 100 vignettes of the players, managers, coaches and even one golfer he's gotten to know during his nearly four decades of covering the Angels and Mariners at home and on the road for the Long Beach Press Telegram and the Tacoma News Tribune. (In the spirit of full disclosure, I was his editor in Tacoma.) Lash is the best pure writer, other than Frank Deford, whom I've ever worked with and his way with words shines through in MLE. But mostly it's his subjects who shine through, in all their bluster, their bravado and, in many cases, their bashfulness. In short, Lash shows you their humanity and, along the way, much of his own, too. You'll open this book and search quickly for your favorite players but you'll not be able to put it down until you've gotten to know all 100. They're all here, presented in alpha order so there's no perception of rank or favoritism: A-Rod, Reggie, Ichiro, Barry Bonds, Kirk Gibson and Charles Gipson, Cal Ripken, Lou Piniella, Willie Mays, Brian Downing, Harold Reynolds, Don Mattingly, Andre Beltre (ouch!), Fred Lynn, Kirby Puckett, Sammy Sosa, Jay Buhner, Nolan Ryan, Tony Muser, Gene Mauch and Tony LaRussa, The Boone, Edgar and Tino Martinez and both Ken Griffeys. Oh, and 74 more. Buy this book today; you can thank me tomorrow.
JJR709 More than 1 year ago
I wasn't expecting to, but I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a huge sports fan, but I was captured very quickly with Larry's narrative and found myself getting caught up in each players personality. It also gives you a good perspective into what it takes to play ball with the big boys. I think anyone, whether you're a die hard fan or just a weekend watcher will have a hard time putting this down once you've started it. Great job Larry.