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The Art of Fielding Book Club Begins!

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We will start our book club this week. Are you ready? I hope you are ready.

Chris Heisey is, I believe, an alum from the smallest school with an MLB player.
Chris Heisey is, I believe, an alum from the smallest school with an MLB player.
Andy Lyons

I've never done a book club before, let alone led one. And since so few of you have signed up, I have to keep these questions relatively open-ended. Oh boy.

Our first meeting will go this week, until 23 December. There are 82 chapters in The Art of Fielding, so I am hoping to get through 10 a week. That will get us to the end of the book right around when pitchers & catchers report, which is as good a reason as any for using the book to tick away the wintry months.

I don't know much about the book yet, other then that it's about baseball and the midwest, which are the two things I miss most. So let's use the lack of knowledge as a way to find out what we're expecting.

  1. What sort of protagonist do you look for in a book? Someone a lot like you, or completely different? How much do you look for yourself in the protagonist, versus looking for a way to "meet new people" in a way?
  2. Did you play baseball at a high level? The only college players I can think of on this site are Mr. Feltersnatch and Bruz, but I'm sure I'm forgetting more than a couple. How big of a deal was baseball on your campus? I know that it meant zilch at Maryland.
  3. Who is the best current MLB player from the midwest?
  4. What's your favorite book about the midwest?