On my website I want to bring readers and writers together. I am dedicating this blog to promoting writing, especially independent authors. To that end I will read and review books from time to time with the desire let all of my readers find just what they are looking for. Ninety Feet Away is a book about the team that almost made it – nonetheless a great MLB team.
Ninety Feet Away by Kent KrauseI rarely watch baseball, and have not attended a MLB game in 40 years, so I wasn’t certain how this book would strike me. I was very pleasantly surprised by Kent Krause’s Royals saga. He has done an amazing amount of research and distillation of facts to present a comprehensive story of their near Cinderella tale. The title says it all. They were just that close.
While this book has not turned me into a MLB fanatic, I find that when I watch the Royals now, I relate to the players by name and have a better understanding of the strategy and tactics of the game. The bare facts of each game presented by Krause become a little tedious (I don’t have a baseball card collection), but as I moved through the season with the Royals, those facts made more and more sense and their importance became clearer.
Different from his novels, Krause has presented a fascinating tale of the team that almost made it. I have heard, “Whoever remembers the team that came in second . . .” After reading this marvelous book, I will.
Krause, in this book and his novels, provided detailed insight into team structure and game strategy. Clearly sports is his love, though, as in All American King, his faith is a major reason for his writing. With an appendix longer than a book chapter, it can be seen that he did his homework on the team. He presents information about team history and player statistics that lets you know how each player stacks up against another.
I had no idea that baseball was such an intricate chess match. Just choosing who will pitch which night of a series, or whether to pitch curve balls to a lefty, could make the difference between a grand slam home run or ending the inning.
I have a much deeper appreciation for the difficulties involved in coaching and playing in the Major Leagues and will never look at baseball the same again.
Get this book here and enjoy.
Other books by Kent Krause:
Men Among Giants
Behind in the Count
All American Kingby