Aces : The Last Season on the Mound with the Oakland A's Big by Mychael Urban

By Mychael Urban

San Francisco Chronicle BestsellerFrom the quick upward thrust of the massive 3 to their lovely breakup, Urban's booklet says it all." - John Shea, nationwide baseball author, San Francisco ChronicleDuring the 2004 season, each one of Oakland's immense 3 aces had anything to end up. Tim Hudson was firm to illustrate his restoration from a ordinary damage. Barry Zito needed to express the realm that once a ho-hum 2003, his 2002 Cy younger Award used to be now not a fluke. Mark Mulder overlooked the 203 playoffs totally with a tension fracture, however the approach he observed it, he easily had to be himself-the natural-born pitcher.Given exceptional entry to the large 3 , Mychael city recreates their tumultuous season via their eyes. he explores the nuts and bolts of significant league pitching, interpreting each one player's special approach to this craft whereas revealing how 3 very diversified personalities do something about the calls for, rewards, and demanding situations of activities stardom.Now with a brand new afterword at the 2005 seasonUrban strains the fortunes of the large 3 after Hudson used to be despatched to Atlanta and Mulder to St. Louis, trades which held the dramatic promise of them being reunited again-as opponents-in the playoffs."Written with nice colour, kind, humor, and style, Aces takes readers on a charming ride." - Mike Silver, activities Illustrated"Mychael Urban's booklet is a superb read... this can be not often only a baseball publication. it truly is approximately lifestyles, and he great burden every one pitcher carried whereas attempting to lead the Oakland A's to the playoffs. I totally enjoyed it." - Bob Nightengale, Senor Writer/Columnist, united states at the present time activities Weekly"From the southern fried warmth of Tim Hudson to Mark Mulder's cool aloofness to Barry Zito's cerebral wanderings, city captures the engine of Oakland's Little Engine which may of a crew with grace and aplomb." - Scott Miller, nationwide Baseball Columnist, CBS.SportsLine.com

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Try to come up with a recent world champion of baseball that didn’t dominate in some way on the mound. It’s impossible, because while you obviously need some semblance of an offense, 41 42 ACES big bats tend to shrink in the cold of October. Extremely rare is the team who bludgeons its way to a playoff series win. Playoff teams are too tough on the mound. It’s the teams who can scratch and claw for enough runs to support their studs on the mound—to wit: the 2001 Diamondbacks, the 2002 Angels, and the 2003 Marlins— that get to taste that wonderfully nasty blend of champagne and beer after the last out of the last game of the year is recorded.

They did not know, when moving him from shortstop to third base after drafting him, that he’d be as good on defense as he was at the plate. In fact, the knock on Chavez when he came up to Oakland T H E B I G S T O RY 33 was that he was a butcher on defense. But through countless hours of hard work with A’s infield coach Ron Washington, Chavez shed the butcher label and, starting in 2001, won four consecutive Gold Gloves as the AL’s best at the hot corner. All of this—not to mention Chavez’s unique character, which prompted him to thank Washington by giving the coach his third Gold Glove trophy—is what has the A’s determined to do what they refused to do with Tejada: invest in the future.

At first glance, it didn’t seem such a reach. The Marlins, after all, had proved themselves on the grandest of stages—even more so than the other young guns getting a load of attention late in 2003. Before the Florida staff stole the spotlight, it was trained squarely on a quartet of Cubs. Chicago’s twenty-three-year-old Mark Prior and twenty-six-year-old Kerry Wood were the headliners of a rotation that included Carlos Zambrano, a twenty-two-year-old with explosive stuff and seemingly limitless potential, and Matt Clement, a late bloomer who appeared to have finally figured things out at age twenty-nine.

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