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Try Not to Suck

Try Not to Suck

The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon
By Bill Chastain, By Jesse Rogers, Foreword by Ben Zobrist

SPORTS & RECREATION

304 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

Cloth, $25.95 (US $25.95) (CA $34.95)

ISBN 9781629374765

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2018)

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Overview

With his irreverant personality, laid-back approach, and penchant for the unexpected, Joe Maddon is a singular presence among Major League Baseball managers. Whether he's bringing clowns and live bear cubs to spring training or leading the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series victory in 108 years, Maddon is always one to watch.  In Try Not to Suck, ESPN's Jesse Rogers and MLB.com's Bill Chastain fully explore Maddon's life and career, delving behind the scenes and dissecting that mystique which makes Maddon so popular with players and analysts alike. Packed with insight, anecdotes, and little-known facts, this is the definitive account of the curse-breaker and trailblazer at the helm of the Cubs' new era.

Author Biography

Bill Chastain is a sports journalist who covers the Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com. He is the author of 100 Things Jets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season, Payne at Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever, Purpose and Passion: Bobby Pruette and the Marshall Years, Steel Dynasty: The Team that Changed the NFL, and The Steve Spurrier Story: From Heisman to Head Ball Coach. He lives in Tampa, Florida. Jesse Rogers has been part of the Chicago sports media scene since the mid 90's. He covered the Chicago Blackhawks for ESPN when they broke their championship drought in 2010 and was an insider on the Cubs beat when they won the World Series in 2016. He's been a television, internet and radio reporter for ESPN since 2009 and was previously heard on 670 The Score as a longtime studio host for Blackhawks radio broadcasts. Ben Zobrist is a three-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion, and was the 2016 World Series MVP with the Chicago Cubs.

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Try Not to Suck

The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon

By Bill Chastain and Jesse Rogers, Foreword by Ben Zobrist

 

Contact: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.676.4256, b.ames@triumphbooks.com 

 

The Chicago Cubs made history with their 2016 World Series victory breaking a 108-year-long drought. From his introduction as the Cubs new manager in 2014, fans knew Joe Maddon was going to do something special for their “loveable losers.” Now Chicago fans can get an inside look at how Maddon became one of the many parts that team needed to break the curse.  

 

In Try Not to Suck: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon (Triumph Books, March 15, 2018), Bill Chastain, sports journalist for MLB.com, and Jesse Rogers, television, internet and radio reporter for ESPN take fans behind the scenes as Joe Maddon made his way up the ranks from the minor leagues to helping the Cubs earn their title as 2016 World Series Champions. This new release has everything a true Cubs fan would want to know about their beloved manager. Highlights include:

 

  • A heartfelt foreword by 2016 World Series MVP for the Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist
  • Maddon’s baseball past from a backup catcher in the minor leagues to “moving up the Angels chain”
  • Stories from Game 6 and Game 7 of the Cubs 2016 World Series against the Indians
  • Famous Maddon-isms including “Try not to suck” and “Embrace the Target”
  • A look at Maddon’s first experiences as a manager in the major leagues in Tampa

 

Full of inside stories and little-known facts Try Not to Suck: The Exceptional, Extraordinary Baseball Life of Joe Maddon is the perfect book for any Chicago Cubs fan.

 

About the Authors:

Bill Chastain is a sports journalist who covers the Tampa Bay Rays for MLB.com. He is the author of 100 Things Jets Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Hack's 191: Hack Wilson and His Incredible 1930 Season, Payne at Pinehurst: The Greatest U.S. Open Ever, Purpose and Passion: Bobby Pruette and the Marshall Years, Steel Dynasty: The Team that Changed the NFL and The Steve Spurrier Story: From Heisman to Head Ball Coach. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

 

Jesse Rogers has been part of the Chicago sports media scene since the mid 90's. He covered the Chicago Blackhawks for ESPN when they broke their championship drought in 2010 and was an insider on the Cubs beat when they won the World Series in 2016. He's been a television, internet and radio reporter for ESPN since 2009 and was previously heard on 670 The Score as a longtime studio host for Blackhawks radio broadcasts.

 

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