CAREERS IN BASEBALL by Howard J. Blumenthal


Age Range: 12 & up
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 In the second in his ``You Can Do It!'' series (after Careers in Television, 1991), Blumenthal looks at alternative careers in yet another glamorous occupation; here, he shows that there are many paths to the major leagues, even for those who aren't athletically gifted. The author speaks with 18 executives and professionals, such as Reggie Waller, director of scouting for the San Diego Padres; Jay McLaughlin, statistical analyst for the Philadelphia Phillies; broadcaster Rick Rizzs; and minor league GM Mike Tatoian. They all describe what they do and how they got where they are, offering tips for those with similar ambitions. The discussion stays general--there's no inside gossip or talk of salaries--but reality does intrude occasionally: black umpire Eric Gregg suggests that his color may have speeded up his relatively rapid advancement; journalist Carrie Muskat and PR-person Sharon Pannozzo allude to the barriers women are only beginning to overcome in professional sports; and the career of Steve Frey, the only actual player here, is a harrowing mixture of hard-won victories and sudden trades or demotions. Though nearly all insist that a college education is vital, it's obvious that enthusiasm, dogged persistence, and good connections are at least as important. At the end are lists of books and addresses, plus some practical advice for prospective job-seekers. Inspiring, but sensible, too. (Nonfiction. 12+)

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1993
ISBN: 0-316-10095-1
Page count: 168pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1992