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Staff Pick

You'd expect top-notch baseball writing from Deford. It's his character portraits, and the ease with which he gets you turning pages, that might take you by surprise. He writes what he knows, and he knows people — particularly, men who turn ball games into a life's vocation. The Entitled, his new novel, has plenty to recommend it, whether you call yourself a seamhead or don't even know what that means.
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Baseball is a game of instinct and keen observation, of knowing which way the ball is going to bounce off a broken bat and knowing whether a player wears his pants high or low. At least it is to Howie Traveler, who never made it as a player — his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that.

After years of struggling his way up the coaching ladder, Howie's finally been given his shot to manage in the big leagues. But America's pastime has changed. Whether Howie can spot a small flaw in a batter's swing won't matter if he can't manage today's megastar players — especially his superstar outfielder, Jay Alcazar.

If Howie can't get through to Jay — a homerun slugger with giant talents and an ego to match — his managing career will be over as soon as it began. But Jay has no use for Howie. Until, that is, one night at the hotel when Howie sees something at Jay's door he wishes he hadn't...

From six-time National Sportswriter of the Year and NPR commentator Frank Deford comes a page-turning novel that takes you deep into America's game. The Entitled is a tale of modern baseball. It takes you inside a ball club and inside the mind of a defeated manager and a champion slugger, as only Deford can. He creates a world where the idealism of the old game meets the reality of today's sports landscape, as idolized millionaires step in to replace the boyhood heroes of yesterday. Deford's writing is authentic and emanates today's baseball. Fans who already know quite a bit about the game will get more knowledge out of this book than they have with non-fiction books on the genre.

Review:

"Sportswriter, screenwriter and author Deford (Alex: The Life of a Child; Everybody's All-American) scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly. After a career spent knocking around in the minor leagues as a player and manager, Howie Traveler has finally made it to the majors as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The team, however, is struggling, and Howie's job is in jeopardy when the team's star player, Jay Alcazar, is accused of rape. Though Howie's playing career stalled out in Triple A, his big league management career depends on how well he can handle Alcazar, heralded as 'the best player in the game.' Alcazar insists he's innocent — perhaps even believes it — but Howie suspects otherwise, having witnessed a troubling scene involving accused and accuser the night of the alleged rape. Now, Howie has to choose between his conscience and his dream job. The resolution won't please everyone, but Deford tackles timely and provocative issues without flinching." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"I wish it were longer, and that's something that I've rarely said about the baseball games I've covered in 30 years as a sportswriter. But it's how I felt while reading 'The Entitled,' the new baseball novel by Frank Deford.

The title covers the surface story. It's about a superstar named Jay Alcazar, a Cuban power hitter who makes a hard sport look ridiculously easy. Being entitled... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Review:

"I wish it were longer, and that's something that I've rarely said about the baseball games I've covered in 30 years as a sportswriter. But it's how I felt while reading The Entitled, the new baseball novel by Frank Deford." Terry Pluto, The Washington Post

Review:

"[M]ore than a terrific baseball book. It's a terrific book, period." Sports Illustrated

Review:

"Veteran sportswriter and best-selling author Deford creates two fascinating characters in Traveler and Alcazar....Deford has done much better, but expect interest based on his reputation." Booklist

Review:

"[R]eaders are exposed to a richly textured understanding of baseball and, no less, of estrangement, ambition, mendacity, and the search for one's destiny....Recommended..." Library Journal

Review:

"[A] sweet tale about a baseball-team manager, his moody superstar and their moral dilemma....A decent book enhanced by Deford's great, conversational writing style." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Frank Deford is not just an immensely talented sportswriter, he's an immensely talented American writer. The Entitled is his wise and pleasurable portrait of a Willy Loman-like baseball manager finally getting his chance in the Bigs late in his career." David Halberstam

Review:

"The Entitled is a baseball masterpiece, like The Natural and Field of Dreams; the difference is the plot and the characters depict the true inside world of baseball. Frank Deford writes like he played in the majors for 10 years." Mike Schmidt, Baseball Hall of Fame

Synopsis:

?In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball??

-Jeff MacGregor, Sports Illustrated; author of Sunday Money

Howie Traveler never made it as a player-his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that. He was

cursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of almost.

Now after years of struggling up the coaching ladder, Howie's finally been given his shot: as manager of the Cleveland Indians. But America's pastime has changed. Whether Howie can spot a small flaw in a batter's swing won?t matter if he can?t manage his superstar outfielder Jay Alcazar, a slugger with enormous talent (and an ego to match).

No crisis on the field fazes Jay and no woman off the field ever rejects him. But one night at the hotel Howie sees something at Jay's door he wishes he hadn?t?and it leaves Howie with an impossible choice.

From six-time National Sportswriter of the Year and NPR commentator Frank Deford comes a richly detailed, page-turning tale that takes you deep into America's game. From the dugouts to the tabloid scandals, from the lights of the field to the glare of the media, The Entitled is the great novel of baseball's modern era.

?The Entitled is a baseball masterpiece, like The Natural and Field of Dreams; the difference is the plot and the characters depict the true inside world of baseball. Frank Deford writes like he played in the majors for ten years. If you have a passion for baseball, this is a must read.?

-Mike Schmidt, Baseball Hall of Fame

?Frank Deford is not just an immensely talented sportswriter, he's an immensely talented American writer. The Entitledis his wise andpleasurable portrait of a Willy Loman-like baseball manager finally getting his chance in the Bigs late in his career.?

-David Halberstam

?Engrossing?Readers are exposed to a richly textured understanding of baseball and, no less, of estrangement, ambition, mendacity and the search for one's destiny-notwithstanding the cost in human or financial terms.?

-Library Journal

?I loved The Entitled and could not put it down. It was a great read from start to finish with characters that reminded me of the many people I?ve known and played with-pure baseball.?

????Lou Piniella, Manager, Chicago Cubs

? The Entitled contains all of the keen insider knowledge one expects of America's premier sports journalist. It also displays Frank Deford's gifts for dialogue and intricate plotting and his poignant grasp of character. It proves once again that Deford can play at the highest level in any league.?

-Michael Mewshaw, author of Year of the Gun

?Deford scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly?tackles timely and provocative issues without flinching.?

-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

Sportswriter, screenwriter, and author Deford scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly.

About the Author

Frank Deford is a six-time National Sportswriter of the Year, Senior Contributing Editor at Sports Illustrated, commentator on NPR's Morning Edition, and a correspondent on the HBO show RealSports with Bryant Gumbel. In addition to being the author of more than a dozen books, he has been elected to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters and has been awarded both an Emmy and a Peabody. Sporting News describes Deford as "the most influential sports voice among members of the print media" and GQ simply calls him "the world's greatest sportswriter."

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katatrina, June 23, 2008 (view all comments by katatrina)
Frank Deford wrote this book so well that I wanted it to be much longer. What he does NOT tell is what makes this book so good. Although I'm not as in love with baseball as Howie Traveler, I still love it, and this book is a great summer read and a great inside look at the sport, the players, and how baseball can permeate your life.
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NoelJr, July 28, 2007 (view all comments by NoelJr)
re: THE ENTITLED by Frank Deford
Put Deford in there with Brosnan, Malamud & Lardner
If there is any doubt, 'You Could Look It Up.'
In the meantime, Viva FRANK.
s/ Noel E. Parmentel Jr
PO Box 832 / Southport CT 06890
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781402208966
Author:
Deford, Frank
Publisher:
Sourcebooks Landmark
Subject:
General
Subject:
Baseball managers
Subject:
Baltimore orioles (baseball team)
Subject:
Cleveland indians (baseball team)
Subject:
Baseball stories
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Publication Date:
May 2007
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
318
Dimensions:
7.94x5.32x1.15 in. .91 lbs.

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"Staff Pick" by ,

You'd expect top-notch baseball writing from Deford. It's his character portraits, and the ease with which he gets you turning pages, that might take you by surprise. He writes what he knows, and he knows people — particularly, men who turn ball games into a life's vocation. The Entitled, his new novel, has plenty to recommend it, whether you call yourself a seamhead or don't even know what that means.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Sportswriter, screenwriter and author Deford (Alex: The Life of a Child; Everybody's All-American) scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly. After a career spent knocking around in the minor leagues as a player and manager, Howie Traveler has finally made it to the majors as manager of the Cleveland Indians. The team, however, is struggling, and Howie's job is in jeopardy when the team's star player, Jay Alcazar, is accused of rape. Though Howie's playing career stalled out in Triple A, his big league management career depends on how well he can handle Alcazar, heralded as 'the best player in the game.' Alcazar insists he's innocent — perhaps even believes it — but Howie suspects otherwise, having witnessed a troubling scene involving accused and accuser the night of the alleged rape. Now, Howie has to choose between his conscience and his dream job. The resolution won't please everyone, but Deford tackles timely and provocative issues without flinching." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "I wish it were longer, and that's something that I've rarely said about the baseball games I've covered in 30 years as a sportswriter. But it's how I felt while reading The Entitled, the new baseball novel by Frank Deford."
"Review" by , "[M]ore than a terrific baseball book. It's a terrific book, period."
"Review" by , "Veteran sportswriter and best-selling author Deford creates two fascinating characters in Traveler and Alcazar....Deford has done much better, but expect interest based on his reputation."
"Review" by , "[R]eaders are exposed to a richly textured understanding of baseball and, no less, of estrangement, ambition, mendacity, and the search for one's destiny....Recommended..."
"Review" by , "[A] sweet tale about a baseball-team manager, his moody superstar and their moral dilemma....A decent book enhanced by Deford's great, conversational writing style."
"Review" by , "Frank Deford is not just an immensely talented sportswriter, he's an immensely talented American writer. The Entitled is his wise and pleasurable portrait of a Willy Loman-like baseball manager finally getting his chance in the Bigs late in his career."
"Review" by , "The Entitled is a baseball masterpiece, like The Natural and Field of Dreams; the difference is the plot and the characters depict the true inside world of baseball. Frank Deford writes like he played in the majors for 10 years."
"Synopsis" by , ?In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball??

-Jeff MacGregor, Sports Illustrated; author of Sunday Money

Howie Traveler never made it as a player-his one major league hit and .091 batting average attest to that. He was

cursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of almost.

Now after years of struggling up the coaching ladder, Howie's finally been given his shot: as manager of the Cleveland Indians. But America's pastime has changed. Whether Howie can spot a small flaw in a batter's swing won?t matter if he can?t manage his superstar outfielder Jay Alcazar, a slugger with enormous talent (and an ego to match).

No crisis on the field fazes Jay and no woman off the field ever rejects him. But one night at the hotel Howie sees something at Jay's door he wishes he hadn?t?and it leaves Howie with an impossible choice.

From six-time National Sportswriter of the Year and NPR commentator Frank Deford comes a richly detailed, page-turning tale that takes you deep into America's game. From the dugouts to the tabloid scandals, from the lights of the field to the glare of the media, The Entitled is the great novel of baseball's modern era.

?The Entitled is a baseball masterpiece, like The Natural and Field of Dreams; the difference is the plot and the characters depict the true inside world of baseball. Frank Deford writes like he played in the majors for ten years. If you have a passion for baseball, this is a must read.?

-Mike Schmidt, Baseball Hall of Fame

?Frank Deford is not just an immensely talented sportswriter, he's an immensely talented American writer. The Entitledis his wise andpleasurable portrait of a Willy Loman-like baseball manager finally getting his chance in the Bigs late in his career.?

-David Halberstam

?Engrossing?Readers are exposed to a richly textured understanding of baseball and, no less, of estrangement, ambition, mendacity and the search for one's destiny-notwithstanding the cost in human or financial terms.?

-Library Journal

?I loved The Entitled and could not put it down. It was a great read from start to finish with characters that reminded me of the many people I?ve known and played with-pure baseball.?

????Lou Piniella, Manager, Chicago Cubs

? The Entitled contains all of the keen insider knowledge one expects of America's premier sports journalist. It also displays Frank Deford's gifts for dialogue and intricate plotting and his poignant grasp of character. It proves once again that Deford can play at the highest level in any league.?

-Michael Mewshaw, author of Year of the Gun

?Deford scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly?tackles timely and provocative issues without flinching.?

-Publishers Weekly

"Synopsis" by , Sportswriter, screenwriter, and author Deford scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badly.
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