Not since 1957 has one major league team's pitching staff boasted three pitchers (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt) in the Top Ten in career winning-percentage. Plus, the Philadelphia Phillies' 2011 rotation also happens to include Cole Hamels?the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP?and an alternating fifth starter. This awe-inducing rotation has been the talk of baseball since coming together in December 2010. They were featured on the cover of qSports Illustrated'sq 2011 baseball- preview edition, interviewed on the MLB Network on opening day of spring training, covered in the qNew York Times Magazine, q and mentioned in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide. Authored by two of the most knowledgable and connected Phillies beat writers, qThe Rotationq is a remarkably detailed day-in-the-life story of one complete season with a Major League Baseball starting-pitching staff. The authors offer deep daily access to the Phillies players, coaches, and front-office staff, as well as the players and staff of other major league teams and the national baseball media. With firsthand reporting and extensive interviews, plus two full-color photo inserts, this is a fascinating and detailed look into the day-to-day operation of what is arguably the greatest pitching rotation ever assembled. It is a must-read for Phillies fans and general baseball fans alike.Even the elusive Halladay, often tucked away watching video or riding a stationary bike to Europe, was there, his attention to his workout regimen ... Kendrick was playing with a remote-control helicopter. ... He would not make anotheranbsp;...
|Author||:||Jim Salisbury, Todd Zolecki|
|Publisher||:||Running Press - 2012-03-01|