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Odd Man Out

March 17, 2009
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For anyone looking to get a first person perspective of life in the minor leagues, from the time a player is scouted, drafted, and signed with a major league club to the ups and downs they experience as they attempt to move up the minor league ladder and realize their dream of pitching in the big leagues, to the cold hard reality that for many that dream will never be achieved and most will be forced to leave the game before they are ready....I suggest you pick up the new book "Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit" by Matt McCarthy.

I have heard nothing but glowing praise of this book and just ordered a copy of it myself to read on the flight out to Arizona next week, and even though I have yet to read it, from some of the excerpts of the book posted on-line, it is a must read and will a popular book for some time for those who love to read about baseball.

From the editorial review on Amazon:

While his professional baseball career lasted for just one summer, McCarthy still compiled enough incidents and anecdotes to make for an eye-opening read about the wildly unpredictable life of a minor-league ballplayer. Drafted in 2002 by the Anaheim Angels, the Yale-educated left-hander was eventually shipped off to the Angels rookie team in Provo, Utah, where he had to not only adjust to the grueling schedule of a professional athlete but also to the culture of a heavily Mormon town. McCarthy shatters the idea of a glamorous lifestyle in the minor leagues

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