The Way of Baseball by Shawn Green
Finding Stillness at 95 mph

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Shawn Green’s career statistics can be found on the backs of baseball cards in shoe boxes across America: 328 home runs, 1,071 RBIs, .282 career batting average, All-Star, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger. . . . But numbers tell only part of the story.

His path to success was as grounded in philosophical study as in ballpark wisdom. Striving to find stillness within the rip-roaring scene of Major League Baseball—from screaming fans to national scandals— Green learned to approach the sport with a clear mind. In the tradition of Phil Jackson’s Sacred Hoops,

Green shares the secrets to remaining focused both on and off the field, shedding light on a signature approach to living by using his remarkable baseball experiences to exemplify how one can find full awareness, presence, and, ultimately, fulfillment in any endeavor. Following his development from inconsistent rookie to established All-Star to aging veteran,

The Way of Baseball illustrates the spiritual practices that enabled him to “bring stillness into the flow of life.” Requiring mastery of perspective and continual management of ego, the game of baseball afforded Green the opportunity to explore his potential as more than just a ballplayer. A treasure of practical wisdom and an intimate look at what it really means to “let go,” The Way of Baseball illuminates the creative possibilities within us all.

About Shawn Green

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Shawn Green’s career in Major League Baseball spanned fifteen years with four teams. He finished in the top ten of league MVP voting three times. Visit him at McAlpine is the author of three acclaimed novels: Joy in Mudville, The Persistence of Memory, and Mystery Box.
Published June 7, 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 226 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help, Sports & Outdoors, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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By developing a solitary routine that involved taking hundreds of swings off a tee, Green discovered a way to find inner stillness, to free his mind of distraction and focus on nothing but the act of hitting.

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Publishers Weekly

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Retired baseball player Green shares his enlightened approach to hitting major league pitching.

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New York Journal of Books

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The reader comes away understanding the mindset it takes to understand how and why Ted Williams once described hitting a baseball by saying: “The hardest thing to do in baseball is to hit a round baseball with a round bat.” Shawn Green takes us through the mental process with the singular clarity...

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Dallas News

Shawn Green began his Major League Baseball career in 1993, a 20-year-old rookie outfielder hailing from the Los Angeles area and playing for the Toronto Blue Jays.

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Shawn Green became a much better hitter after he started hitting a lot of balls at a practice tee.

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Baseball America

Upshaw forbade him to take batting practice without his supervision, relegating Green to a batting tee in the bowels of the stadium to work the kinks in his swing.

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Baseball Reflections

However, in his new book, former MLB All Star Shawn Green attempts to explain to readers the how they can find meaning in all parts of life, whether they are flipping burgers or stepping in the batter’s box against Randy Johnson.

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