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    Book Review: Closer:
    Major League Players Reveal the
    Inside Pitch on Saving the Game

    By Kevin Neary and Leigh A. Tobin The concept of a closer we know today–someone who comes into the game in the 9th inning to shut the door on the opposition, and get the win, its a relatively new concept. The first year a “save” was even a MLB stat was 1969 There have always […]

    Book Review: Trading Bases: A Story About
    Wall Street, Gambling, and Baseball
    (not necessarily in that order)

    By Joe Peta I’m not a gambler. I’m of the opinion that I am better served staying home and setting my money on fire than losing it at the casino 15 minutes from my house–that way, at least I save the gas money to get there… I am also not a stat-head. Don’t get me […]

    Book Review: Any Given Monday: Sports Injuries and How to Prevent Them, for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches — Based on My Life in Sports Medicine.

    By Dr. James R. Andrews, with Don Yeager. We all have a favorite MLB pitcher who has undergone Tommy John Surgery (and some of us, more than one) and then had to wait the obligatory 12-18 months rehab time, hoping that they would return to their previous form and dominance. Most of us who follow […]

    Book Review:
    Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in
    Sports and Life, By Garrett Kramer

    We have all heard sports players who are not being successful on the field described as “struggling”, or “pressing”, or “trying to do too much”. And may of us were taught (myself included) as long as you worked as hard as you can, and keep on going for it, that things will usually work out […]

    Book Review: Ozzie’s School of Management:
    Lessons from The Dugout, The Clubhouse, and
    The Doghouse, by Rick Morrissey.

    When I was asked to review Ozzie’s School of Management for BRT, I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get a glimpse into the craziness that is the larger than life Ozzie Guillen… What I was expecting was certainly not what I got. I expected a biographical tome, chronicling all the madness and controversy that […]

    Book Review: Starting and Closing:
    Perseverance, Faith, and One More Year

    By John Smoltz, with Don Yaeger I have always liked John Smoltz, even way back when he was a starter, then a closer, and then a starter, for the Atlanta Braves, during their amazing run of 11 division titles though a good deal of the 90’s. So when he signed with the Sox in 2009, […]

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