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Cup of Coffee: The Very Short Careers of Eighteen Major League Pitchers

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Terremoto

Cup of Coffee-A Weak Brew

by Terremoto on Feb 21, 2008

As a baseball junkie I have always been curious about the players who are known only for the three innings or five at bats that make up the whole of their MLB career. Were they superstars in high school, college, or the minor leagues? Did they distinquish themselves outside of baseball. Were they war heroes? How did their careers impact their families? I had hoped to find the answer to eighteen of these "cup of coffee" players. I fully expected a narrative about the players lives before, during and after their MLB experience. What I found instead was a virtual transcription of taped interviews. Mr. Trucks is not the greatest interviewer and consequently after the first three chapters, I was weary of the format. The questions jumped around, were somewhat trivial, and were often very leading in order to get some substantive comments. A narrative approach would have smoothed a lot of these problems. Perhaps I expected something more akin to "The Glory of Their Times" by Lawrence Ritter, a very tough act to follow. I was also disappointed that all of the players featured were pitchers. I can't quite grasp the reason. I feel that half the story of baseball wasn't told without the hitting and fielding tales. Still, it is about baseball, and does allow these obscure players to relive their brief careers again. That can never be a bad thing. So buy the book; take a look back at baseball as was before free agency and big salaries, the but don't expect a "walk-off" homer.

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