Big League Life: now available in paperback and eBook formats.

You’ll often hear the Major League Baseball season referred to as a marathon; it’s a drama that begins in February with the first long tosses of Spring Training and draws to a close amid confetti and hysteria when one team is left standing as World Series Champions. For this author, we’ve reached a checkpoint along my own marathon route: Big League Life, my third book, is available today wherever books are sold.

Big League Life is the story of the men and women at work and play inside pro ball. While a work of fiction, it is the manifestation of…


Ken Korach in the broadcast booth at the Oakland Coliseum. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

This is the fourth piece in a series of posts centered on life inside professional baseball. March 30 marks the eve of Opening Day in Major League Baseball as well as the release of my third book, a novel titled Big League Life. While a work of fiction, this story is the result of years of research about and interview with the men and women who make the “big league life” their life. …


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This is the third piece in a series of posts centered on life inside professional baseball. While writing Big League Life, a novel about the people tethered to a fictionalized Major League ballclub (now available for pre-order; March 30 release), I worked hard to ensure a high degree of authenticity in the characters woven into each chapter and their experiences. I wanted this story to ring true; my hope was to create a world so realistic that, even as a work of fiction, it could offer readers a view into life in pro ball. To do this, I relied heavily…


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This is the second in a series of posts centered on life inside professional baseball. Major League Baseball’s annual Spring Training exhibition slate is in full swing with Opening Day approaching in a few short weeks. Opening Day also marks the release of my next book, a baseball-themed novel titled, Big League Life (available wherever books are sold on March 30, pre-order now on Amazon). While a work of fiction, it was my intention to create an authentic world filled with characters and experiences that ring true. …


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Opening Day for the 2021 Major League Baseball season is less than a month away and so is the release of my next book, a baseball-themed novel titled, Big League Life (available March 30 on Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold). While a work of fiction, it was my intention to create an authentic world filled with characters and experiences that ring true. To do this, I relied heavily on exhaustive research and first-hand accounts from many people within the game — the people who make the “big league life” their life. …


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Where I live, just across the bay from San Francisco, most companies are settling into their eighth week of remote work. We’re finding a new rhythm, we’ve adapted to our new routines, and the desire for interaction with others, stitched so deeply into our DNA, hasn’t gone wholly unsatisfied. Mostly, however, we just want to get back to life as we once knew it. A life filled with bookstores and baseball games, hugs and handshakes. A life filled with thriving small businesses, low unemployment levels, and classrooms filled with children counting down the minutes to recess. Wouldn’t that be nice…


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The new normal seems to be the catchphrase du jour these days. This is not the “new normal” as originally defined. Rather, we are deep inside a crisis and our future state, what will be normal when it’s over, is still forming.

We’re all living and working through an adjustment period, adapting to our isolation with no indication for when life as we once knew it might return. We tell ourselves that it will return and that this miscast “new normal” is but an interim solution, a journey through purgatory before the promise of sports and school and parties and…


Author’s Note: The short story below is the thirteenth in an ongoing series. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that I’ve been diving into a treasure trove of writing prompts as a source of creative inspiration. The process is pretty simple: I take two cards, blend them together, and write whatever comes to mind. This week’s topic: “bumper sticker offers excellent advice” and “grandparent.” Read on and enjoy! I’d love for this to be an interactive experience, so if the mood strikes, take a crack at your own story in the comments!

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“Look, Johnny. An airplane is making…


Author’s Note: The short story below is the twelfth in an ongoing series. If you’ve been following along, you know that I received a treasure trove of writing prompts a few months back and have been using them as a source of creative inspiration. The process is pretty simple: I take two cards, blend them together, and write whatever comes to mind. This week’s topic: “The person nobody will talk to” and “smoke.” Read on and enjoy! And, if the mood strikes, feel free to take a crack at your own story in the comments based on this combo!

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We’re just a week shy of the start of Spring Training, where optimism reigns and hopeful fans begin their countdown to Opening Day. The tenor has shifted this year, however. Storm clouds are collecting overhead thanks to a developing story in South Texas that hasn’t quite reached its conclusion. I’m talking, of course, about the Houston Astros and their foray in the dark arts of cheating.

The Astros, among the most likeable franchises in recent memory during their rise from the ashes all the way to a World Series victory in 2017, have taken quite a precipitous tumble. Revelations of…

Chip Scarinzi

Author, Diehards: Why Fans Care So Much About Sports - buy it here: http://amzn.to/1WOIT1F. Athletics / Phillies fan. @SABR member. Views are my own.

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