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

By Mychael Urban

San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller

From the fast upward push of the massive 3 to their wonderful breakup, Urban's e-book says it all." - John Shea, nationwide baseball author, San Francisco Chronicle

During the 2004 season, every one of Oakland's large 3 aces had whatever to turn out. Tim Hudson was resolute to illustrate his restoration from a habitual damage. Barry Zito needed to exhibit the area that when a ho-hum 2003, his 2002 Cy younger Award was once no longer a fluke. Mark Mulder overlooked the 203 playoffs fullyyt with a pressure fracture, however the approach he observed it, he easily had to be himself-the natural-born pitcher.

Given remarkable entry to the large 3 , Mychael city recreates their tumultuous season via their eyes. he explores the nuts and bolts of significant league pitching, reading every one player's new angle to this craft whereas revealing how 3 very various personalities deal with the calls for, rewards, and demanding situations of activities stardom.

Now with a brand new afterword at the 2005 season

Urban lines 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, sort, 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 e-book. it is approximately lifestyles, and he large burden every one pitcher carried whereas attempting to lead the Oakland A's to the playoffs. I completely enjoyed it." - Bob Nightengale, Senor Writer/Columnist, united states this day 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 that can of a crew with grace and aplomb." - Scott Miller, nationwide Baseball Columnist,

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Extra resources for Aces: The Last Season on the Mound with the Oakland A's Big Three -- Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito

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And you need to know that Zito was every bit the maverick as a mullet-haired Little Leaguer that he became as an occasionally blue-haired big leaguer. Baseball is the backdrop, but it’s a collection of people stories that helps to explain how three incredibly different young men ended up as the three aces in one of baseball’s toughest hands to beat. Some of the stories are analytical, some are biographical, and some, because the pace of baseball’s long season lends itself to great humor and drama, are simply anecdotal.

Mulder suffers some back spasms that sideline him for a few days early in camp, and starting second baseman Mark Ellis is knocked out for the season in the last week when he tears his labrum in a freak collision with Crosby, but the rest of the time passes without major incident. Rhodes is more or less coddled as the new closer, pitching in low-stress situations for most of the spring as he adapts to his new role. Miller and Young draw praise from the pitchers for their handling of the staff. Kotsay, whose acquisition didn’t set well with most A’s fans, is healthy and looking like the impact player Beane hoped to be getting.

To answer those questions, you need to know more. You need to know that Hudson grew up small in small-town Phenix City, Alabama, giving him an underdog—make that bulldog—mentality and a maturity, offset by perfectly placed playfulness, that make him a popular clubhouse presence. You need to know that Mulder’s fairly idyllic upbringing in suburban Chicago (South Holland, Illinois) helps to explain his unflappable TH R E E O F A K I N D (S O RT O F) 21 presence—be it with runners on the corners and nobody out, or with two hot blondes eyeing him from the corner of a hotel bar.

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