From the Author
If you love baseball, as a player or a fan, you've come to the right place!
Go Pro BASEBALL WISE looks inside the career of pro baseball as discussed by such baseball giants as Andre Dawson, Ozzie Smith, Dallas Green, Bobby Bonilla, Cecil Fielder, Bob Feller, Mitch Williams, Eddie Mathews, Gary Carter, Darrell Evans, Robin Ventura, Paul O'Niell, Gary Gaetti, Kelly Gruber, Matt Williams, Frank Thomas, Art Howe, Devon White, Mark Grace, Joe Girardi, Kevin Saucier, Frank Robinson, Carney Lansford, Johnnie LeMaster, Harmon Killebrew, Steve Dillard, Tom Candiotti, Bake McBride, Billy Williams, and others. It reads like a who's who of the game.
Writing this book was this fan's fantasy! I lived a season with a team of rookies and worked with an entire rookie league, then traveled thousands of miles over several years following their careers and attending ballgames at all levels nationwide interviewing GMs/Field Managers, Scouting Directors/Scouts, active/retired major and minor league players, Player Development Personnel, Agents, and members of the Hall of Fame.
The tape recorder was on whenever opportunities presented themselves: in vacant bleachers while groundskeepers cleaned around us; on dugout benches during batting practice; at coffee shops-dinner houses-fast food counters; at airports, in broadcast booths, beside hotel pools, in motel lobbies, and on the phone.
Everything in the book was given directly to me in the form of taped interviews, documents and letters. They did it because they said they needed this book when they started their own careers.
> How & where scouts work
> Tools scouts look for
> Draft Eligibility Rules
> Days of the Draft and procedures
> If you're drafted, must you sign?
> If you're not drafted, then what?
> Tryout Camps and how to find them
> Baseball College Scholarship Plan
> The Standard Baseball Contract
> When and how to get a good agent/when NOT to
> The Minor Leagues: draft numbers, wood bats, stats, nightly reports, pressures, bus trips, injuries, Wally Pip, new pitches & new positions, trades, groupies, media, paying your dues
> Personal stories, experiences, advice
> Addresses of amateur baseball leagues, independent leagues, 30 ML Baseball Organizations
> Career opportunities: BASEBALL WANTS YOU! Best opportunities in the history of the game!
From the Back Cover
GEORGE GENOVESE, former Major League Player, Minor League Manager, Professional Scout, 40+ years: People in this book are quality people. I suggest anyone interested in learning about this career will learn from them. If they don't know baseball, nobody does.
DICK WILSON, former Minor League Player and Manager, Professional Scout, 35+ years: This is the real deal. If you want the inside story about the scouts, the draft, and pro baseball, this is the book for you. This is as good as it gets.
NINI TORNAY, former Major League Player: Excellent reading. It will appeal to fans everywhere but especially to young people interested in baseball careers.
BRIAN GRAHAM, USA Today Baseball Weekly Minor League Manager of the Year, 1996; currently Coordinator, Defensive Instruction, Cleveland Indians: This is a must for everyone in the career of professional baseball. It's great for parents and sons. A bull's eye! Wish it were out there when I started playing.
How will scouts find you? What do they look for? Who is Draft-eligible? What happens if you're drafted? If you're not? Can you be drafted more than once? What is a tryout camp? The College Scholarship Plan? Winterball? Is it better to sign out of high school or college? What about minor league learning and lifestyle? Draft numbers, bonuses, stats, injuries, slumps, trades, roadies, groupies, the media? When do you need an agent? How do you get a good one?
Scouts, past and present major and minor league players, player development people and members of the Hall of Fame share memories and advice to discuss these questions and MUCH MORE to help you Go Pro Baseball Wise.