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The Rotation: A Season with the Phillies and the Greatest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled
     

The Rotation: A Season with the Phillies and the Greatest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled

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by Jim Salisbury, Todd Zolecki
 

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Not since 1957 has one major league team's pitching staff boasted three pitchers (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt) in the Top Ten in career winning-percentage. Plus, the Philadelphia Phillies' 2011 rotation also happens to include Cole Hamels—the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP—and an alternating fifth starter.

This awe-inducing rotation has been

Overview

Not since 1957 has one major league team's pitching staff boasted three pitchers (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt) in the Top Ten in career winning-percentage. Plus, the Philadelphia Phillies' 2011 rotation also happens to include Cole Hamels—the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP—and an alternating fifth starter.

This awe-inducing rotation has been the talk of baseball since coming together in December 2010. They were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2011 baseball- preview edition, interviewed on the MLB Network on opening day of spring training, covered in the New York Times Magazine, and mentioned in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide.

Authored by two of the most knowledgable and connected Phillies beat writers, The Rotation is a remarkably detailed day-in-the-life story of one complete season with a Major League Baseball starting-pitching staff. The authors offer deep daily access to the Phillies players, coaches, and front-office staff, as well as the players and staff of other major league teams and the national baseball media.

With firsthand reporting and extensive interviews, plus two full-color photo inserts, this is a fascinating and detailed look into the day-to-day operation of what is arguably the greatest pitching rotation ever assembled. It is a must-read for Phillies fans and general baseball fans alike.

Editorial Reviews

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J.B. Library Journal
"…a breath of fresh air for Philadelphia fans and beyond."

The Times of Trenton
“Authors Jim Salisbury and Todd Zolecki have written a can’t-put-down story of the 2011 Phillies filled with insight, inside knowledge of the club’s history and overall knowledge of the game that even non-Phillies fans will enjoy reading.
“The Rotation” is a crisp, in-depth look at how a team, particularly its pitching staff, prepares for a season and handles its triumphs and adversities, and is a must-read for all serious baseball fans."
 
The Trentonian
“… most likely had been written with a much different ending in mind, but it manages to somehow make you forget about the ending and enjoy the historic pitching milestones of the regular season…. The real highlights of the book come in the behind the scenes accounts of how Lee came to the team (both times) and their long pursuit of Roy Halladay. …This section is worth the price of the book alone…. The blow-by-blow account of the unexpected deal that brought Cliff Lee back to Philadelphia is captivating and a must read for any Phillies fan.”
 
Baseball America
“The book, penned by a pair of long-time Phillies' beat writers, does an excellent job of explaining how each of the Phillies Fab Five reached the big leagues. It also does a great job of taking the reader into the front office to detail contract negotiations, trades and the other moves that were needed to bring the rotation together. All of this makes for an excellent read. It's the kind of detail, scouting stories and back-room negotiations that diehard baseball fans like Baseball America readers, love.”

Library Journal
For the 2011 season, the Philadelphia Phillies put together one of the most formidable staffs of starting pitchers baseball has seen in years. As a result, the team won 102 games and topped the major leagues in ERA, shutouts, and complete games—yet exited from the playoffs in the first round. Salisbury (CSNPhilly.com) and Zolecki (MLB.com) offer readers a chronicle of what seemed destined to be a glorious year, with Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt sharing the mound. Their book is a throwback, giving us a personal look at the players and their game, but not dishing sordid bits of information or laying blame for the team's ultimate failure. It's a breath of fresh air for Philadelphia fans and beyond.—J.B.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762444915
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
03/06/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
581 KB

Meet the Author

Jim Salisbury is the Phillies' beat reporter for CSNPhilly.com and appears regularly on Comcast SportsNet-TV in Philadelphia. Previously, he had covered the Phillies for more than 13 years for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Todd Zolecki covers the Phillies for CSNPhilly.com and writes the most widely read blog on MLB.com. Previously, he served as the Phillies beat reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for nine years. The National Sportswriters Association named him Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year in 2008. He lives in Philadelphia.

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The Rotation: A Season with the Greatest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roy Halladay had a no hitter