Thursday, January 20, 2011

Dobrow chases those who chase the dream

In 2005, Marty Dobrow began shadowing half a dozen players, from first-round picks who garnered lofty bonuses, to afterthoughts who signed for nothing more than the chance to chase a dream. Over the course of the ensuing seasons he followed their progress as they moved through the minor leagues, weaving their stories into Knocking on Heaven's Door.

Dobrow takes us on an insightful journey through the minors, providing access most of us will never have to future big leaguers. He humanizes their struggles, rescuing them from the roster of the self-absorbed that we typically see from our vantage point in the stands or on TV. It's not an original concept, to be sure. I've got books on my shelf dating back a couple of decades, from Bill Ballew's Brave Dreams to Paul Hemphill's Heart of the Game. We even had a documentary this past fall, Time in the Minors, which followed a pair of aspiring players.

My full review is now available on BaseballAmerica.com.

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