Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New documentary captures challenges faced by minor league players

We're branching out a little this week. I learned recently about a new documentary called Time in the Minors, which follows the progress of two players pursuing their dream of reaching the big leagues. I requested a copy and had a chance to talk with Tony Okun, the producer and director of the project.

The stars of Time in the Minors are Tony Schrager, whose career peaked at Triple-A, and John Drennen, a supplemental first-round pick of the Indians in 2005, who reached Double-A this past season. The documentary really drives home the challenges they, and players throughout the minor leagues, face on a daily basis. It may seem like a fun job, and I'm sure it beats working in an office or driving a school bus or a thousand other careers, but there's a lot more to it than showing up at 7:05 and taking a few swings in front of the hometown fans.

Even serious fans who follow the minor leagues closely will learn a thing or two from this film. The nice thing is, you don't have to be an expert to follow it, because the players' personal stories are compelling on their own, especially Schrager's. My full review is now available on BaseballAmerica.com.

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