(c) 1999 by Steve Moore
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the new novel from Troon McAllister:
The national pastime will never be the same...
"Who said Ted Williams is the last guy to hit over .400? No o-fers in McAllister's The Kid Who Batted 1.000."
From the jacket:
The Des Moines Majeskyks are deep in the cellar...so deep that it seems nothing short of divine intervention could even get them up to the ground floor. They do have one star, Juan-Tanamera “Bueno” Aires, an ex-basketball phenom who performs miracles at the plate and magic in the field. Unfortunately, team owner Holden Canfield, who’s struck it rich with an Internet start-up, spent the entire team budget on acquiring “Bueno,” leaving the rest of the roster painfully devoid of talent.
A straight-A student, valedictorian of his high-school class, and on his way to MIT, Marvin knows little about the rules of the game, and his pencil-thin physique would get him laughed off a big league diamond. But Marvin has one brilliant skill. The ultimate "one-tool" player, he has such a good eye that he can tell what kind of pitch is coming almost before it leaves the pitcher's hand. And even though he's not much of a hitter, his reflexes and coordination are incredibly fast -- so fast, in fact, that nobody can strike him out, throw him out, or get him out by catching a fly ball. He may not be Babe Ruth, but Marvin has found a way to exhaust --- and utterly enrage -- opposing pitchers, driving them to distraction before he takes his inevitable base. Zuke Johansen, faced with the prospect of leading his team to one of the worst season's records since the game was played without gloves, is desperate enough to wonder if Marvin's strange talent might lift his Majeskyks out of the cellar...
THE KID WHO BATTED 1.000 is one of those rare sports novels that will appeal to fervent fans as well as those still trying to figure out the infield fly rule. Generously sprinkling his story with some of the best-loved one-liners in the game, Troon McAllister delivers a darkly funny, behind-the-scenes look at our national pastime, cementing his place as a major-league humorist.
|Doubleday Books, 2002|
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