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Fields of Spring: Spring Training's Ultimate Guide to Stadiums, Games, Autographs, Memorabilia and Catching Baseballs Paperback – January 15, 2014

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: TotalRecall Publications (January 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590951921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590951927
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,217,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fields of Spring contains over 170 COLOR photos. It provides information about all 30 Major League Teams' Spring Training stadiums and complexes in both Florida and Arizona.  The book provides useful information about games and getting tickets but also provides tips on how to get FREE player autographs and FREE baseballs not just while attending games but at other times and locations nearby.  Information is provided about Minor League games and even Fantasy Camps.  Fields of Spring is also reasonably priced. It's available in paperback with a handsomely designed cover and by E-book. 

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Charles Piper is a certified fraud examiner (CFE), private investigator (PI), consultant, trainer and retired federal agent. He has over 35 years of successful investigative experience in the public and private sectors. Piper has conducted investigations from coast to coast and in Europe resulting in criminal and civil prosecutions of wrongdoers and the recovery of millions of dollars. As a federal agent, Piper conducted numerous large-scale and high-profile investigations. Several of these investigations received repeated national media coverage including the investigation of the U.S. Navy's "Tailhook Sex Scandal." Piper also investigated high ranking generals at the Pentagon for their involvement in a multimillion fraud scheme and provided investigative assistance into the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.

In 2014, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners selected Piper to receive the prestigious Hubbard Award for his writing on health care provider fraud.

Prior to operating as a PI and consultant, Piper served for several decades in law enforcement. He got his start in the U.S. Army in the Military Police Corps and was promoted to the rank of sergeant, where he served as a patrol supervisor and Military Police investigator. His seven years of military service included two-and-a-half years in Germany. Piper next served as a metropolitan police officer, supervisory detective, and for over 20 years as a federal agent, where his office assignments included: Memphis, Tennessee; Orlando, Florida; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Piper has led federal investigative taskforces and participated in joint investigations with numerous federal, state, local, and private industry investigative agencies. Those federal agencies included: the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Central Intelligence Agency; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command; Air Force Office of Special Investigations; Naval Criminal Investigative Service; U.S. Secret Service and others. He has also worked with federal agents from numerous Offices of Inspector General, including the Department of Defense, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Health and Human Services, Department of Labor, Office of Personnel Management, Social Security Administration, Office and Veterans Administration.

Piper has received numerous awards and other recognition for investigative excellence, including Special Agent of the Year, Teamwork Award, Military Policeman of the Year (Runner-up), and the U.S. Army Commendation Medal. He also received special recognition for successfully investigating defective critical products utilized by the Department of Defense and the recovery of millions of dollars in fraud against the Government. Currently serving as a PI and consultant with an office in West Tennessee, he provides investigative assistance to attorneys, business entities, and individuals in the United States and occasionally abroad.

He is the author of:
"Investigator and Fraud Fighter Guidebook: Operation War Stories"
and "Fields of Spring" (A Major League Baseball Spring Training Guide with over 170 color photos and tips for getting player autographs, etc.)
Both books are avialble on Amazon.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Persona Non Grata on March 24, 2014
Format: Paperback
A Great Book on Major League Baseball Spring Training. The tips are useful and the color photos of both Florida and Arizona are terrific!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Messersmith on March 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
This book is the best guide (and I think only one) that tells everything that a baseball fan needs to know about Spring Training. It is a must for ALL baseball fans.
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Charles has put together a great book for baseball lovers who really want to get into the spring training experience. Lots of really good insights covering issues like the best way to buy tickets, stadium logistics etc. I also love the space at the end of the book to get players autographs- very cool!
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