The Game from Where I Stand

From Batting Practice to the Clubhouse to the Best Breakfast on the Road, an Inside View of a Ballplayer's Life

Doug Glanville

St. Martin's Griffin

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"Filled with sharp insights, keen observations, and great stories, his book is championship caliber." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Doug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big leagues to reveal the human side of baseball and of the men who play it.

In The Game from Where I Stand, Glanville shows us how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues, cope with streaks and slumps, respond to trades and injuries, and learn the joyful and painful lessons the game imparts. He also tells us with insight and humor what he learned from Jimmy Rollins, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, Barry Bonds, Curt Schilling, and other legendary and controversial stars.

In his professional career, Glanville experienced every aspect of being a player—the first-round pick, the prospect, the disappointment, the can’t-miss, the cornerstone, the veteran, the traded, the injured, the comeback kid. His eye-opening book gives fans a new level of understanding of day-to-day life in the big leagues.

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"Now batting, the center fielder, number six, Doug Glanville."

For fifteen professional seasons, nine of them in the major leagues, those words (or some variation of them) began my workday. I heard them in tiny small–town ballparks and in triple–decker urban stadiums that seated fifty thousand people or more. I heard them in spring training; I heard them in the playoffs; I may have even heard them in my sleep. The sound never got old.

I was a center fielder, and once I got a taste of what that meant, I never wanted to play any other position.

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Praise for The Game from Where I Stand

"I have been a major league manager for 11 years. I had the pleasure of managing Doug for 3 of those years in Philadelphia. Dougie was always extremely articulate and well spoken and it certainly comes across in his book. He was the smartest guy on our team, the most humble, and he could lay out base hits with anyone in the league! He was a joy to be around. As good as he was in center field I didn't doubt he would be even more successful off the field!" - Terry Francona, manager, Boston Red Sox

"Doug Glanville is as deep a thinker as any baseball player I've known. His insights about the game and the business are worth the attention of any baseball devotee." - Michael Weiner, Union chief, MLBPA

"For anyone who loves to know what goes on behind-the-scenes in baseball, Doug's book is a front-row seat to all the action -- on the field, in the clubhouse, and the business side of the game." Allyne Price, Player Relations, MLBPA

"On a shelf cluttered with the boastful and self-seeking, Doug lifts the blanket concealing the true game and reveals an insight and perspective unlike any other you will find. Penetrating and honest, Doug takes you into the genuine, unveiling what few have the privilege to experience. A book both umpires and players can agree on." - Mike DiMuro, MLB Umpire

"The Game from Where I Stand is a great book showing that professional athletes are human. It gives true perspective of a major leaguer mindset on and off the field during what is a grueling season." - Derrek Lee, player - Baltimore Orioles

"The Game from Where I Stand is a "reality" book that shows that the glamorous perception of the job comes with a lot of responsibility, personal sacrifice and commitment, with no room for shortcuts. Doug is the right person to expose this side of the game." - Edwin Rodriguez, manager, Florida Marlins

"As a former GM with nearly 20 years in MLB front offices, I have learned to consider every piece of information in order to build the best team possible. Doug offers tremendous insights about the game. Even more compelling is his ability to humanize his journey as a player. We all know that the game is not easy and that the players are human beings. This book illuminates many of the challenges, thrills and emotions involved in professional baseball." - Padres Special Assistant to the GM, Josh Byrnes

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About the Author

Doug Glanville

Doug Glanville played outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers from 1996 through 2004. From 2008 to 2010, he wrote an online column for The New York Times and provided baseball analysis for XM Radio. In the spring of 2010 he joined ESPN as a baseball analyst. He serves on the executive board of Athletes Against Drugs, and advises high school student athletes as a special consultant to the Baseball Factory. He lives with his family in Chicago.

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The Game from Where I Stand
From Batting Practice to the Clubhouse to the Best Breakfast on the Road, an Inside View of a Ballplayer's Life
Doug Glanville

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
March 2011
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312573096
ISBN10: 031257309X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages

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e-Book Agency
Henry Holt and Co.
Times Books
May 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429947206
ISBN10: 1429947209
304 pages

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