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Just A Minor Perspective: Through The Eyes of a Minor League Rookie [Kindle Edition]

Eric Pettis
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The minor leagues are largely misunderstood, more well known for the players who have skipped through their ranks than the ones who reside in them. They’re a mysterious land of hotels, bus rides, and clubhouses. Upon being drafted out of UC Irvine by the Phillies, right-handed pitcher Eric Pettis didn’t quite know what he was getting himself into.

Just A Minor Perspective allows readers to jump into Eric’s mind and experience the journey along with him. The narrative resembles stream-of-consciousness as he describes the good, the bad, and the ugly of the minor leagues as it hits him square in the face for the first time.

From his first day in Philadelphia...

"I tried to open the door in a manner that would exude confidence in the off chance that my new teammate was an expert on body language and would be analyzing my entry."

To the heat of the battle...

"As I hopped over the foul line I could feel my body try to rev itself up. It was pleading with me to get something going. It knew how significant this was... As hard as my body tried, it couldn’t muster anything. I tried again and again to turn the key, but my engine just wouldn’t start."

Eric gives an honest, pointed, and often humorous account of what he feels when he’s feeling it. Just A Minor Perspective is a gripping story of one man’s attempt to find his place in a new world; a scramble to conquer the first rung of the professional baseball ladder.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3082 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OO05A0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By ~Kayla~
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Just a Minor Perspective is the story of (recently released) Phillies organizational pitcher, Eric Pettis and his first season as a professional baseball player. A lot of baseball fans often wonder about life in the minors and who's there. Of course, we know all about the guys in the big leagues. Many biographies are written from that perspective, but few are written about the minors. These are the guys that sacrifice so much for the game that they love just for that chance to make it to the major league level. It's not every day that a guy going through these struggles lets you in on his life.
In Eric's book, you feel as if you are going through the season with him. Through his adjustments and his up and downs, you find yourself rooting for him every step of the way. He does a great job pulling you in and describing his life well enough to feel as if you lived it with him or watched every game from the stands. While it is a quick read, it is a well written book with details and humor to make it very enjoyable. I cannot wait for more writings from him and to follow him through the rest of his baseball journey. Eric you've made a fan for life!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-read for any baseball/minor league fan April 1, 2012
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Recently-released Phillies minor league pitcher Eric Pettis' book is a great read from start to finish. Many baseball fans know of their major league team, but the journey through the minor leagues is where it all starts.

Fans may know the minor league teams exist, and go to games, but how many in attendance would know the names and faces? In the era of social media (such as Twitter), fans get unprecedented access to a player's journey to the MLB (if they make it), real-time/near instant interaction, and get an in-depth look into the daily grind of professional sports.

Eric's book is fairly short and a quick read, but you get the feeling that you're in the stands watching, riding on the bus, etc. His descriptions are excellent and keep you wanting more. I would recommend this for any fan of minor league, let me correct myself. I would recommend this book for any baseball fan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done! April 13, 2012
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Eric Pettis has a future as a writer! I read his book in one sitting. I felt as if I was there with him throughout his experience. I highly recommend this book to anyone, baseball follower or not. Excellent job. I can't wait to read his next book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read December 13, 2012
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It was ok. I was interested, it is not something that you can't put down but it is well written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun to read September 22, 2012
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As advertised, the book is a year in the life of Eric Pettis. We start with his waiting on the baseball draft, and end with the A-ball minor league championship game. Along the way we see the highs and lows of a typical year. Everything from the initial physical, assignment to a minor league team, the first road trip, and winning and losing are all covered. In short, it is a tour of the life of a first-season minor league player.

---The Good Stuff---

* Pettis writes in a very informal, descriptive and easy-to-read style. The writing is fast-paced, and never bogs down in details or repeats itself. Pettis is also able to look at himself honestly, and his writing describes both his actions and feelings.

* By sharing his motivations and failures, Pettis actually ends up writing a decent "self-help" book. When his role on the team is switched, suddenly and arguably for the worst, he takes it in stride and concentrates on how to make himself better rather than agonizing over the decision. Similarly, he shows an ability to find the good things about his lifestyle rather than dwelling on the bad ones.

* You can't help but like the guy.

---The Not-So-Good Stuff---

* I really wanted to read more. The book is too short-I ended up reading it in one sitting, and I wanted to hear the story of the next season. It also could have gone a little deeper in to some of the subjects it raised.

* It is probably a reflection of Pettis' personality, but we don't see anything bad happen. No conflict, no arguments, no fights, or even discouraging words. It makes for a relaxing and uplifting reading experience, but I suspect we only heard half the story.


I enjoyed the book, and will keep an eye out for future work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Suzette
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I really enjoyed this book because it was written by a baseball player who was in our town for a season and I was always curious what their life was like during their time here. I liked the way he wrote, and it was interesting. I'm curious to see where he went in his career when he left the Crosscutters - maybe he'll write another book - if so, I'll buy it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just a Minor Perspective is Eye-Opening April 17, 2012
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I thought I'd review a book by former Phillies minor league pitcher, Eric Pettis.

I was lucky to see him pitch. He spent the 2010 short season in Williamsport with the CrossCutters where he performed well both as a starter and from the bullpen. Once the Cutters season was over he was sent to Lakewood where he contributed to the BlueClaws winning the South Atlantic Championship. I should know, I was there for all the home playoff games including the win.

Back to the book. I liked it. It was an easy read, written as if Eric were sitting across a table from you in a coffee house telling you the story of his baseball career. I found it enlightening to get such an honest insight into the inner workings of the Phillies minor league system. As a fan and as someone who never had a chance to actually play the game, the book is like peeking into the locker rooms and lives of the minor league players.

There were several times where I'd exclaim, "I didn't know that" or "Wow, who thought that players had to go through all of that."

If you even have the most passing interest in the Phillies farm system, or any minor league teams I'd recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great perspective of life in the minors
This is the perfect book for any kid playing in high school or younger who wants to know what it really feels like making it to the professional level. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kevin s
3.0 out of 5 stars Good nuggets for real students of the game.
Very little affect, almost nothing about his teammates, family, or the girl he left behind. Baseball centric though and fills a nice niche about entry level minor league. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this a novel or nonfiction?
I'm just confused here and haven't read more than the preface yet but didn't want to give a mediocre rating (not fair). I will update this review later. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading for anyone interesting in the life of a ...
Great reading for anyone interesting in the life of a minor league baseball player. Eric describes the challenges that minor league players face as they try to fill their dreams of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Alfred J. Marcello
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and easy to read.
Nice and easy to read.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Dunne
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique View to Minor League Baseball
A unique view to low level minor league baseball. I've read lots of baseball books, but this was the first to cover A league baseball from the player's perspective. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Al Kaline
3.0 out of 5 stars Just A Minor Perspective: Through The Eyes of a Minor League Rookie
This is a earnest little book about a pitcher's first season in professional baseball. I did learn a few things about the life in the minor leagues. The book is very introspective. Read more
Published 6 months ago by RS
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun look at MiLB
Eric Pettis writes in a matter-of-fact way that, even though minimalist, leaves you with peanut butter sticking to your mouth during the every day pregame meal of PB&J.
Published 7 months ago by Mary Francis Benedict
3.0 out of 5 stars Minor Leagues
Living in a minor league baseball town myself, this book sheds light on how life at this level is. Recommend this to baseball fans.
Published 7 months ago by Krazy Karl
4.0 out of 5 stars Inside Perspective
I really appreciated the true feels expressed by Eric Pettis. His style was smooth and told a more accurate picture of the minor league game. He was honest and can be proud of it.
Published 9 months ago by Chas
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