The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball

The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball

Frank Deford / Apr 07, 2020

The Entitled A Tale of Modern Baseball In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball Jeff MacGregor Sports Illustrated author of Sunday Money Howie Traveler never made it as a player his one ma

  • Title: The Entitled: A Tale of Modern Baseball
  • Author: Frank Deford
  • ISBN: 9781402208966
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball Jeff MacGregor, Sports Illustrated author of Sunday Money Howie Traveler never made it as a player his one major league hit and.091 batting average attest to that He wascursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of almost Now after years of struggling u In men like Traveler and Alcazar we find the beating heart and struggling soul of baseball Jeff MacGregor, Sports Illustrated author of Sunday Money Howie Traveler never made it as a player his one major league hit and.091 batting average attest to that He wascursed with that worst of professional maladies, the ill fortune of almost Now after years of struggling up the coaching ladder, Howie s finally been given his shot as manager of the Cleveland Indians But America s pastime has changed Whether Howie can spot a small flaw in a batter s swing won t matter if he can t manage his superstar outfielder Jay Alcazar, a slugger with enormous talent and an ego to match No crisis on the field fazes Jay and no woman off the field ever rejects him But one night at the hotel Howie sees something at Jay s door he wishes he hadn td it leaves Howie with an impossible choice From six time National Sportswriter of the Year and NPR commentator Frank Deford comes a richly detailed, page turning tale that takes you deep into America s game From the dugouts to the tabloid scandals, from the lights of the field to the glare of the media, The Entitled is the great novel of baseball s modern era The Entitled is a baseball masterpiece, like The Natural and Field of Dreams the difference is the plot and the characters depict the true inside world of baseball Frank Deford writes like he played in the majors for ten years If you have a passion for baseball, this is a must read Mike Schmidt, Baseball Hall of Fame Frank Deford is not just an immensely talented sportswriter, he s an immensely talented American writer The Entitledis his wise andpleasurable portrait of a Willy Loman like baseball manager finally getting his chance in the Bigs late in his career David Halberstam EngrossingReaders are exposed to a richly textured understanding of baseball and, no less, of estrangement, ambition, mendacity and the search for one s destiny notwithstanding the cost in human or financial terms Library Journal I loved The Entitled and could not put it down It was a great read from start to finish with characters that reminded me of the many people I ve known and played with pure baseball Lou Piniella, Manager, Chicago Cubs The Entitled contains all of the keen insider knowledge one expects of America s premier sports journalist It also displays Frank Deford s gifts for dialogue and intricate plotting and his poignant grasp of character It proves once again that Deford can play at the highest level in any league Michael Mewshaw, author of Year of the Gun Deford scores another hit with this novel of athletes behaving badlytackles timely and provocative issues without flinching Publishers Weekly

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      • Frank Deford

        Frank Deford born December 16, 1938, in Balti, Maryland is a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, author, and commentator.DeFord has been writing for Sports Illustrated since the early 1960s In addition to his Sports Illustrated duties, he is also a correspondent for HBO s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel and a regular, Wednesday commentator for National Public Radio s Morning Edition.His 1981 novel, Everybody s All American, was named one of Sports Illustrated s Top 25 Sports Books of All Time and was later made into a movie directed by Taylor Hackford and starring Dennis Quaid.In the early 1990s Deford took a brief break from NPR and other professional activities to serve as editor in chief of The National newspaper , a short lived, daily U.S sports newspaper It debuted January 31, 1990 and folded after eighteen months The newspaper was published Sundays through Fridays and had a tabloid format.Deford is also the chairman emeritus of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation He became involved in cystic fibrosis education and advocacy after his daughter, Alexandra Alex was diagnosed with the illness in the early 1970s After Alex died on January 19, 1980, at the age of eight, Deford chronicled her life in the memoir Alex The Life of a Child The book was made into a movie starring Craig T Nelson and Bonnie Bedelia in 1986 In 1997, it was reissued in an expanded edition, with updated information on the Defords and Alex s friends.Deford grew up in Balti, Maryland, and attended the Gilman School in Balti He is a graduate of Princeton University and now resides in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife, Carol They have two surviving children Christian b 1969 and Scarlet b 1980 Their youngest daughter Scarlet was adopted a few months after the loss of Alex.


    1. I couldn't bear to be away from baseball, so I picked up this novel by the great sportswriter Deford. The dust jacket proclaimed it to be "a novel of modern baseball," and that's about right. There's a megastar and his manager and each of them has a life which we get to peek into. The writing is solid and good, the prose isn't too purple (the baseball writing is great), and the characters really do come to life in their nuanced struggles. I especially loved the baseball-insider perspective, and [...]

    2. I'm not a baseball fan nor one of baseball stories. I tried The Entitled based on author Frank Deford's excellent commentaries on NPR. I wanted to see how he handles fiction. Now I wonder how he handles the facts. A lot of curves bases between these covers.At first I was disappointed with the shambling prose. I expected Deford to be striking out batters with three pitches. Instead, we were served "with the saddest most sympathetic expression . . . bassetfaced", ". . . or some such thing" or "In [...]

    3. This had to be one of my quickest reads. I started it on a 3 hour plane ride from Chicago to Fort Myers and finished it the following day on the beach. What caught my eye initially was the author - Frank Deford, who is famously known for writing "Everybody's All-American", an old football movie that I enjoyed watching. So I immediately snagged this one because he wrote it and because it was about baseball. The story centers around an old-school manager, Howie Traveler, who just got his shot in t [...]

    4. Meh. What I really can't stand in modern day sports journalism is how everyone who played/coached before the 1990s is just such a great guy because he played before the era of free agency and ridiculous salaries. This makes him a better person because he does not have the sense of "entitlement" that the modern day athlete apparently just stumbled upon overnight.Take the case of Howie Travler. The guy was a lousy husband and father, and yet because he toiled in the minors for years and paid his d [...]

    5. I wanted to love this book, but I just ended up liking it. It is ultimately my favorite piece of sports fiction I have read, and I love Frank Deford, but it was odd. The characters were just a little bit off and the style was not typical of most sports fiction. I can't quite point out the weaknesses other than I was left wanting more and then I got less.

    6. The subtitle to this book is “A Tale of Modern Baseball,” and that’s exactly what it is. The on-field accounts are true to the game, and one of the dust-cover endorsements is from Hall-of-Famer Mike Schmidt, which lends credibility. Reading this book in the deepest part of the off-season may be the best-possible time to read it—when you’re a baseball fan who is itching for something to fill in that part of winter in which the hot stove has lost its fervor and the freshness and promise [...]

    7. I downloaded this ebook to my Nook library in 2012 when it was free from Barnes and Noble. It is nice to find a "guy" book that is not a murder mystery. It might be a good discussion book for a book club.

    8. An easy and enjoyable read. I believe that it gives insight into how baseball runs. It also touches on an important and timely topic for our society.

    9. I liked this book, partly because it's about baseball and it talks a lot about baseball, but also because it's good reading. But as you can see I'm only giving it three stars because, while it was fun going and fun reading, it's not clear to me what the point was, if there was one. (One of the odd things is that my edition came with a sort of study guide with some questions to ask yourself about the book. They didn't help.)The book is mainly about Howie Traveler, manager of a professional baseba [...]

    10. A Bit TOO EntitledThe Entitled is several stories rolled into one. It begins as a story about a man whose life dream is to make it in the big leagues. When that dream falls short, he spends the remainder of his adulthood striving to make it big as an MLB manager and these efforts cost him his marriage and relationships with his children. Enter a big star player whose feats have gone to his head and you have the makings of this book. Each man, old and young, has their own haunts, fears and obstac [...]

    11. The Entitled, by Frank Deford, begins with Howie Traveler, who had spent a lifetime in baseball as an unimpressive player and then as a long-time coach and manager in the minor leagues. He finally landed a major league manager position with the Cleveland Indians when he was in his mid-fifties. Unfortunately, he expects to be fired at the end of his second season with the Indians. However, before that unfolds, Deford takes the reader through a wonderful story that reveals the life stories of Howi [...]

    12. Deford Hits a DingerTechnically, and according to the subtitle ("A Tale of Modern Baseball"), The Entitled is a baseball novel. But calling this just a baseball novel is like saying The Road is just a post-apocalypse novel. There is so much more to it. It's literature.The lead character of The Entitled is an old-school lifetime minor leaguer, Howie Traveler, who finally gets his shot to manage in the big leagues with the Cleveland Indians. His lifelong dream is compromised, though, when he catch [...]

    13. I went back and forth with 3 or 4 stars 3.5 is probably most accurate but I tipped to the "4" because I spend a lot of time interviewing people in baseball and a lot of what DeFord wrote about really resonated with me. I felt for Harry and his family and their sacrifices. His story (although "fiction") sounded so much like many of the players and coaches we have interviewed in the Minor Leagues just waiting for that chance to get called up and when you do, will you be able to make the most of [...]

    14. I wish we could give half stars. I really want to give this one 3 1/2. I can't, so I went back and forth. 3 or 4? I chose 3 because I didn't quite love it. It has the feel of how I imagine baseball life to be down pretty well, I think. You can tell it's written by somebody with insights into how the game and players work behind the scenes. I like that. I also like the author's little bit of trickery that kept me wondering how the story would turn out. The writing itself was good enough, but not [...]

    15. I like listening to Frank DeFord. I like reading his articles. I wondered if he was able to sustain a novel, so I selected one of his novels to answer my question. I would not call what he has done with this book a novel. It has a plot, but one that could have been resolved without chapter after chapter of back story. We have a series of vignettes about various characters that go the whole way back to the Little League days of one of our main characters just to explain why he shouldn't ever be c [...]

    16. I was pleasantly surprised after finishing the Entitled. I got this book part of the Free Nook Book Friday program. The ratings for the book aren't very good, but I thought I'd give it a chance, mostly because I am really into sports and never read sports books.This book is a very quick read, and I feel it should only be read by people who know baseball. The massive amounts of baseball references were both good and bad in my opinion. It added to the credibility of the author (I didn't know he wa [...]

    17. A baseball-addict manager on the hot-seat thinks he has seen proof that his superstar outfielder has raped a woman in their team's hotel. The player, charged with the crime, maintains his innocence. The manager's daughter intervenes, gets both sides of the story, and convinces her father that the player is, in fact, innocent. And the player goes to bat for the manager, assuring the embattled skipper another year at the helm of the club. Scattered around the fringes of that soap-opera plot are so [...]

    18. I've never been in the least interested in baseball. So the fact that this book kept me, a non-fan, engaged and fascinated until the end is more than enough reason to give it four stars.This book has a lot of layers to it. On one level it's a novel about having a career in a sport, as the main character does and how that effects your life and family. It's about the relationship between a star player and his manager. It's about Cuban immigrants. It's about a rape scandal, and how the characters d [...]

    19. This was not a good book. The characters had no substance and it seemed as if everyone was a good guy throughout. It seemed like Deford was afraid to have any character be evil in any way. Even after the main character was accused of rape, all we hear about him is how great a guy he is. Even their names were strange, which is a odd thing to pick on, but the names just seemed so ridiculously made-up.The book was not really about baseball, either. Deford couldn't make up his mind about what the bo [...]

    20. Meeting Frank Deford was a thrill. I remember as a kid coming into town just to buy a copy of The National, his ill-fated national sports daily newspaper. I remember reading his great Sports Illustrated prose. And he was just as gracious talking with me as I had hoped.Knowing Deford's work, I knew that he was just as interested in the social issues that ring the sports world as the sports themselves. The Entitled is a logical extension of that. It is, on its face, a story about a manager and a b [...]

    21. A quick, easy free read from B&N about a childish, self important baseball superstar who believes he can have anything he wants and when he wants it. His manager sees something he thinks is a probable rape but says he didn't see anything. Why?, because they're in a close pennant race and the attitude in pro sports (amateur too) is win at any cost. But, it may be the woman is lying because she knows he's rich. There is also a Christian ball player who leads prayers but has little effect on ot [...]

    22. Howie Traveler, a journeyman baseball coach, finally gets his shot at managing in the big leagues. He’s paid his dues, learned (most of) his lessons, and gained as good an understanding of the game and its players as anyone else. His star player, the mostly inscrutable Jay Alcazar, gets embroiled in a career-threatening legal dispute, and Howie is involved much more intimately than he’d like.Deford has been around sports a long time. His characters are rich enough to be very ambivalent about [...]

    23. "Just do your job. Show up ready to play. It's always the fringe players, the guys who make all the noise with their mouths instead of their bats, who play up the family crap. And those are the guys who end up managing. They get the last word. They get to push the buttons of the next generation of the guys who can do things they never could themselves."–Frank DefordThe baseball fan in me was intrigued by the setting, and that's about all I had to go on before diving into this book, which had b [...]

    24. It was 'just ok'.It is an interesting look into life on and off of the baseball field, given through the eyes of one superstar player and a manager given a shot at managing the big-time. Anything more than that, you don't need to look beyond the national sports news for the plot and outcome of this story.The superstar is accused of rape, and the manager witnesses something but keeps his yap shut because he could jeopardize his own career. The story was building to something good, but in the end [...]

    25. Timely tale of a well-seasoned, major league baseball manager. Howie Traveller is faced with a moral dilemma when his star player is accused of rape. Jay Alcazar, the Entitled, is possibly the best player in baseball - ever. When he is accused of rape, who knows the true story?This story goes in unexpected directions and I liked that. What I found disconcerting was the shifting among characters and timelines. The transitions were rough.Regardless, I liked Howie. It was fun peeling back his layer [...]

    26. Though it doesn't rank anywhere on my best books list, I liked it. Frank Deford is a sportswriter, not a novelist. His fictional 300-page story centered around a hotel room incident involving a star baseball player probably occurs in sports today a lot more than we know. When reading it, I thought the real hero would turn out to be the manager, but instead I was pleasantly surprised the author resisted political correctness and instead wrote realistically instead. The story had no real heroes, j [...]

    27. I read this story for three reasons: First, it was written by Frank Deford, who I believe is one of America's foremost and most thoughtful sports writers, secondly because it was about baseball, and thirdly because it was a free download on Nook. It contained two main themes, one about baseball and one about the personal lives of its participants. The baseball issues were handled easily and entertainingly by author Deford. The personal issues of rape, kidnapping of a Cuban child, lies to law enf [...]

    28. This book was okay. Never-quite-good-enough Howie Traveler finally gets a the break of his life and becomes the manager of the Cleveland Indians. His star player is Jay Alcazar, spirited out of Cuba as an infant. The book tells their stories in parallel until the fateful night when Howie sees a woman who appears to be trying to escaper from Jay's room and is yanked back in. She goes to the police the next day, saying Jay raped her. Should Howie come forward with what he saw or keep quiet to prot [...]

    29. Overall this was a good story of a modern day manager in the major leagues and his star player. Howie gets his chance to manage a major league club when the Cleveland Indians give him a chance. His star player Jay Alvarez gets into legal trouble in a Baltimore hotel room and Bowie has a moral dilemma. There is also the story of how Jay came to America from Cuba and his desire to see his mother. The book as a whole is good and the stories of both Jay and Howie tug at your heart. There is some tro [...]

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