From the acclaimed #1 bestselling author . . . a riveting journey through the world of minor-league baseball
“No one grows up playing baseball pretending that they’re pitching or hitting in Triple-A.” —Chris Schwinden, Triple-A
“If you don’t 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.
Baseball’s 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.