Minor Players, Major Dreams

Minor Players, Major Dreams tells the story of the 1994 season I spent signed to a minor league player's contract to write a book about the minor league experience and tell the story of the young men who chase their major league dreams in the little show. Minor Players, Major Dreams is the Paper-Lion-meets-Bull-Durham tale of that season of dreams.

"Mandel has given us a riveting insider's account of the experience of playing minor league baseball. A must for all aficionados of our National Game." - Benjamin G. Rader, author of Baseball: A History of America's Game.

"Brett Mandel has written a minor book about the minor leagues, but a good and honest one. No Plimptonesque exhibitionism is to be found here, and no new-journalistic narcissism: just a plain, straightforward account that is amusing, revealing and affecting." - Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post.

"Here's the sleeper of spring....Mandel has a gifted eye for detail, be it the rookie pitcher who sticks a feather inside his cap before each game or the frustrated manager who takes out his anger during batting practice by plunking his own players....Snap this book up."  - John Ensslin, Rocky Mountain News.

"Mandel doesn't romanticize the experience: the money is poor, and the odds are stacked against the young players, most of whom, he notes incredulously, are unaware of the unique opportunity they've been given. A fine baseball book....Every aspiring big leaguer should read this revealing account of day-to-day life in the low minors." - Booklist

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