Minor League Baseball: The Waiting Room for the Major League

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

All major-league baseball players pass through the minor leagues in their career, and when they make it to the big leagues, they hope never to return to the minors. John Feinstein explores the colorful and mysterious world of Triple-A minor-league baseball, one step beneath Major League Baseball. In Where Nobody Knows Your Name Feinstein writes about the pitchers, position players, managers, and an umpire biding their time in the minors.

“I wanted to write about guys who struggle,” said Feinstein when he was explaining why he chose this topic to write about. "Guys in Triple-A are either on their way up or they've come back down. And some of them are treading water." He wrote about a player who was in the minor leagues for 16 years before he got called up to the majors, where he got one hit out of 22 at bats, and was sent back down to the minors.

He said that managing in Triple-A is the hardest job in baseball, because nobody wants to be there—not just players, but umpires, announcers, managers, everyone would rather be in the big leagues. Some get that chance, but many don't. "To get to Triple-A you have to be an elite baseball player." Feinstein said. "They’re amazingly good baseball players, they’re just not quite there."


John Feinstein

Comments [2]

JB in Brooklyn

Talk to Dirk Hayhurst on this subject as well for a real player's perspective (new book about his time in Toronto comes out this spring). Hayhurst has recently gotten on the soapbox for minor leaguers to expose how little they make and how subjugated they are to this system, when very few of them will ever make the show.

Hayhurst made the majors but slept on the floor at his senile grandmother's house during the offseason. His books are warm, real, hilarious and befitting the complexities and uncertainties that fringe players experience.

Mar. 05 2014 10:32 PM
keith from Manhattan

Here's a suggestion: write about the emergence of Ultimate "frisbee" as a Professional Sport for the first time in history. Talk to Jodi A, he works for you guys. It's an exciting time for the sport that has roots in this region, now played internationally.

Mar. 05 2014 01:01 PM

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