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

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Feinstein

Narrated By: John Feinstein

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: February 2014

Duration: 11 hours 37 minutes

Summary:

From the acclaimed #1 bestselling author . . . a riveting journey through the world of minor-league baseball

"No one grows up playing baseball pretending that theyre pitching or hitting in Triple-A." - Chris Schwinden, Triple-A pitcher

"If you dont like it here, do a better job." - Ron Johnson, Triple-A manager


John Feinstein gave readers an unprecedented view of the PGA Tour in A Good Walk Spoiled. He opened the door to an NCAA basketball locker room in his explosive bestseller A Season on the Brink. Now, turning his eye to our national pastime, sports journalist John Feinstein explores the colorful and mysterious world of minor-league baseball - a gateway through which all major-league players pass in their careers . . . hoping never to return.
Baseballs minor leagues are a paradox. For some players, the minors are a glorious launching pad toward years of fame and fortune; for others, a crash-landing pad when injury or poor play forces a big leaguer back to a life of obscure ballparks and cramped buses instead of Fenway Park and plush charter planes. Focusing exclusively on the Triple-A level, one step beneath Major League Baseball, Feinstein introduces readers to nine unique men: three pitchers, three position players, two managers, and an umpire. Through their compelling stories, Feinstein pulls back the veil on a league that is chock-full of gifted baseball players, managers, and umpires who are all one moment away from getting called up - or back - to the majors.
The stories are hard to believe: a first-round draft pick and pitching ace who rocketed to major-league success before finding himself suddenly out of the game, hatching a presumptuous plan to get one more shot at the mound; a home run - hitting former World Series hero who lived the dream, then bounced among six teams before facing the prospects of an unceremonious end to his career; a big-league All-Star who, in the span of five months, went from being completely out of baseball to becoming a star in the ALDS, then signing a $10 million contract; and a well-liked designated hitter who toiled for eighteen seasons in the minors - a record he never wanted to set - before facing his final, highly emotional chance for a call-up to the big leagues.
From Raleigh to Pawtucket, from Lehigh Valley to Indianapolis and beyond, Where Nobody Knows Your Name gives readers an intimate look at a baseball world not normally seen by the fans. John Feinstein gets to the heart of the human stories in a uniquely compelling way, crafting a masterful book that stands alongside his very best works.From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Anthony Spicchiali

    If you are a fan of baseball. Read this book. Great stories from the minors, and the sacrifices these guys go through to just play one inning in the show.

  • Harvey R.

    I loved this book. Why? Because I am a Season Ticket holder of the Portland Pirates, Boston's Double A team. This was an exciting listen and really added to my picture and understanding of where these guys are. If you are a sports fan, you will love it. If not, try it and send it back after a couple of CDs!