Baseball Has-Beens Looking to Become Be-Agains

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The Christian Science Monitor just printed a great story by Jordan Heller that opened my eyes to a whole world I didn’t even know existed: baseball players who have dropped out of the major leagues for one reason or another, who are now in the minor leagues, and struggling to get back into the majors. Heller spends time behind the scenes and reveals a colorful world of ambition and disappointed hopes.

“The chances of getting back are slim,” Heller writes. “Like your better financiers across the Hudson on Wall Street, the big league general managers prefer their assets with more upside. But there are major league scouts in the stands at Bears games, even this late in the season, waiting for a glimpse of overlooked brilliance that tells them to take a gamble on a quick return on their investment.”

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Original art by Danny Jock.


Jeremy Hatch is a writer, musician, and professional bookseller leading a cheerful, aimless life in San Francisco. He is the Junior Literary Editor of the Rumpus and has a blog which he updates once in a while. More from this author →