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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Running Press; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762444002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762444007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J.B. Library Journal
"…a breath of fresh air for Philadelphia fans and beyond."

The Times of Trenton
“Authors Jim Salisbury and Todd Zolecki have written a can’t-put-down story of the 2011 Phillies filled with insight, inside knowledge of the club’s history and overall knowledge of the game that even non-Phillies fans will enjoy reading.
“The Rotation” is a crisp, in-depth look at how a team, particularly its pitching staff, prepares for a season and handles its triumphs and adversities, and is a must-read for all serious baseball fans."
 
The Trentonian
“… most likely had been written with a much different ending in mind, but it manages to somehow make you forget about the ending and enjoy the historic pitching milestones of the regular season…. The real highlights of the book come in the behind the scenes accounts of how Lee came to the team (both times) and their long pursuit of Roy Halladay. …This section is worth the price of the book alone…. The blow-by-blow account of the unexpected deal that brought Cliff Lee back to Philadelphia is captivating and a must read for any Phillies fan.”
 
Baseball America
“The book, penned by a pair of long-time Phillies' beat writers, does an excellent job of explaining how each of the Phillies Fab Five reached the big leagues. It also does a great job of taking the reader into the front office to detail contract negotiations, trades and the other moves that were needed to bring the rotation together. All of this makes for an excellent read. It's the kind of detail, scouting stories and back-room negotiations that diehard baseball fans like Baseball America readers, love.”

About the Author

Jim Salisbury is the Phillies' beat reporter for CSNPhilly.com and appears regularly on Comcast SportsNet-TV in Philadelphia. Previously, he had covered the Phillies for more than 13 years for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Todd Zolecki covers the Phillies for MLB.com. Previously, he served as the Phillies beat reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for nine years. The National Sportswriters Association named him Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year in 2008. He lives in Philadelphia.


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Customer Reviews

The structure of the book works well.
Craig
Veteran sportswriters Jim Salisbury and Todd Zolecki do a great job of portraying the Big Four, the fifth starter and the supporting cast while chronicling the season.
Barry Sparks
This is a must read for Phillies fans.
Leah M

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig VINE VOICE on April 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to admit that I was a little skeptical upon beginning this book, expecting another team-focused book that would be all sunshine and positives without providing any depth. Fortunately that was not the case, and instead the authors have provided an insightful look into the assembling of that staff while providing great insight into the pitchers themselves.

The structure of the book works well. The authors provide chapters on each of the big four (Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt) as well as a chapter on the possible fifth guys (Blanton, Worley) before reviewing the season chronologically in a month-per-chapter format. The chapters on the individual pitchers are, to me, the best part of the book because we get to learn about their motivation for coming to the Phillies, their work habits, and some of their personalities. It's clear that the authors admire the work habits of a pitcher like Halladay, but I appreciated that they didn't leave out issues like Hamels' bar fight during his early years, or the tough negotiations and temporary hard feelings between Lee and the ballclub. Including things that some might construe as negative just gives the book more credibility.

We all know how the season ended for the Phils, but that doesn't make the review of the season any less enjoyable. It's a credit to the authors that they can make a season review interesting, again by including details that go well beyond the boxscores. There's no shortage of books focusing on one team or one particular season, but among that group this one is a standout. I'm a Jays fan, and I couldn't put this book down. I would recommend this to any fan of the modern game, Phillies fan or not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Carney on April 10, 2012
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Zo and Jim do a great job telling the behind-the-scenes stories most fans don't know. This was a great read for any Phillies fan.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leah M on March 14, 2012
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This is a must read for Phillies fans. A good review of the 2011 season and many funny bits about the players and Charlie. Loved it!
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By Kimberly Rosenberg on March 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This helped me get through a very snowy winter with dreams of championships dancing in my head. This book contains the greatest quote I've ever read....

High school pitching coach "Cole, we want you to walk this guy to get to their weak hitter."
Cole "Can't I just hit him??"
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