Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life

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University of Nebraska Press
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5.54 X 8.51 X 0.78 inches | 0.74 pounds

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About the Author

Katya Cengel is a freelance writer based in Richmond, California. A staff reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal for eight years, she reported from the former Soviet Union, Europe, and Africa and has published in Esquire and the Wall Street Journal.


"Bluegrass Baseball performs a reality check for prospective players and owners in the minor leagues."--Dorothy Seymour Mills, New York Journal of Books --Dorothy Seymour Mills"New York Journal of Books" (06/08/2012)
"This was a fascinating way to look at minor league life from all levels and all angles. . . . If you are a fan of baseball and especially like to see the human side of these players that get out there every night for our entertainment, I would surely recommend picking up Bluegrass Baseball."--Daniel Shoptaw, C70 at the Bat--Daniel Shoptaw "C70 at the Bat "
"With depth and sensitivity, Cengel details the grind faced by owners, players, trainers, groundskeepers, ushers, broadcasters, mascots and even local families who take in ball players as boarders in their homes. Life in the minors is devoid of chartered planes, fame and fortune, but these vivid, personal stories of ordinary people with a dedicated passion and drive for the game will serve as inspiration for all."--Kathleen Gerard, Shelf Awareness-- (07/20/2012)
"While Bluegrass Baseball is centered in Kentucky, the experiences of the players and employees are universal. It provides excellent insight into just what the minor leagues mean to just about anyone involved in the game."--James Bailey, Baseball America -- (08/06/2012)
"From the front office scheming wacky promos to trainers shopping for the team to players struggling for a shot to The Show, this nitty-gritty account puts you in that minor-league clubhouse. So well done you'll smell the bus fumes and hear that heckler over on the Bluegrass Baseball third-base line."--Society for American Baseball Research --Society for American Baseball Research
"Bluegrass Baseball portrays its large cast of characters with honesty and journalistic skill. It is a fast and engaging read."--Jeffrey P. Beck, AETHLON: The Journal of Sport Literature -- (02/27/2013)