Odd Man Out by Matt McCarthy
A Year on the Mound with a Minor League Misfit

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"The best baseball book since Moneyball."

Hailed by critics as one of the great books about baseball, Odd Man Out captures the gritty essence of our national pastime as it is played outside the spot­light. Matt McCarthy, a decent left-handed starting pitcher on one of the worst squads in Yale history, earned a ticket to spring training as the twenty-sixth-round draft pick of the 2002 Anaheim Angels. This is the hilarious inside story of his year with the Provo Angels, Anaheim's minor league affiliate in the heart of Mormon country, as McCarthy navigates the ups and downs of an antic, grueling season, filled with cross-country bus trips, bizarre rivalries, and wild locker-room hijinks.


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MATT McCARTHY left professional baseball in 2003 and enrolled in medical school at Harvard University. He is currently an intern at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City.
Published January 25, 2009 by Penguin Books. 316 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Dominican and white players rarely interacted, he notes, and teammates often found themselves secretly rooting against each other—a byproduct of too many players vying for too few roster spots.

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The Game Plan: Matt McCarthy, an Ivy League southpaw, exposes the major-league pressures and personalities of minor-league baseball in Provo, Utah in Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mound With a Minor League Misfit.

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At Home Plate

Matt McCarthy's Odd Man Out, released earlier this year, details life in the Minor Leagues.

Jul 12 2009 | Read Full Review of Odd Man Out: A Year on the Mo...

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