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Author: John Feinstein Narrator: John Feinstein Publisher: Random House Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2014 ISBN: 9780804192064
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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 pitcher “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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “In his nonfiction books and teen novels, Washington Post and Sporting News columnist John Feinstein has again and again proven his ability to offer readers a human view of sports. Baseball’s minor leagues, where many strive but few succeed, seems tailor-made for such a personal approach. Where Nobody Knows Your Name focuses on eight occupants of Triple-A, the highest rung before the majors but also the arena where former stars make their last hurrah. Feinstein’s subjects are not all players: Two are managers and one is an umpire; but the plights and promise of all these strivers strikes us as gripping.”

    Barnes&, editorial review

  • “With firsthand interviews and an omniscient presence, Feinstein chronicles a diverse range of personalities experiencing the grind of a minor league season and sharing an ambition to reach the majors…Feinstein accomplishes more than revealing an aspect of baseball that many fans overlook or relegate to a subsidiary of the major leagues. He presents relatable characters whose dedication and sacrifice create empathy.”

    Library Journal

  • “One of the doyens of the sportswriting world takes on the national pastime with a frenetic road trip to minor league clubhouses and fields where true baseball is played. Longtime sports journalist Feinstein chronicles his tours of the farm clubs for a season to uncover real life in the old ballgame… ‘The most poignant stories in sports are never about the multimillionaires who make their games look easy,’ writes the author, ‘but about the guys who love their games, even though they often fail while playing them.’…Feinstein focuses on the careers of two managers, two outfielders, two pitchers, a designated hitter, and an umpire through the 2012 season in the International League, but his roster is crowded with many others who wear many different uniforms during the summer…A kaleidoscopic insiders’ story of baseball as played by the Durham Bulls, Buffalo Bisons, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Norfolk Tides, and others like them.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “John Feinstein is no stranger to taking a huge sports topic and breaking it into manageable glimpses for listeners. And count him among the group of authors who succeed at narrating their own words. Being that this is his reporting, he clearly knows the right emphasis and appropriate tones. Here, he opens up the world of minor-league baseball, where players either dream of making it to the big leagues or strive to make it back. He finds an assortment of people—players, managers, an umpire—and alternates between their stories. He does an especially good job of weaving in facts and details (exactly how much does a minor league player make?) while keeping their stories straight. No imitations here, no drawls—just the facts and anecdotes, about ballplayers and their dreams.”


  • “Feinstein is the most successful sportswriter in America…He has the gift of re-creating events known to us all while infusing them with excitement, even suspense.”

    Wall Street Journal, praise for the author

  • “One of the best sportswriters alive.”

    USA Today, praise for the author

  • A New York Times bestseller

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About the Author

John Feinstein is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous works of nonfiction, including Moment of Glory, Are You Kidding Me?, Living on the Black, Let Me Tell You a Story, Caddy for Life, A Season on the Brink, Play Ball, and others. He has also written sports-mystery novels for young readers. He writes for the Washington Post, Golf Digest, Inside Sports, Golf, Tennis magazine, Basketball America, and is a regular commentator on NPR’s Morning Edition.