Steve Kettmann

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Steve Kettmann is the author most recently of "Baseball Maverick: How Sandy Alderson Revolutionized Baseball and Revived the Mets," out in paperback in late 2015 (Grove Atlantic). He is Publisher of Wellstone Books, a small, independent publisher focusing on personal writing that is not afraid to inspire. A former staff reporter for New York Newsday and the San Francisco Chronicle, Steve has reported from more than forty countries for publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Salon.com and Wired.com. He's also the author of "One Day at Fenway" and the co-author of four New York Times best-sellers, including "Juiced" with Jose Canseco and "What a Party!" with Terry McAuliffe.

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Steve Kettmann In the 1990s I covered the Oakland A's for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was intrigued to watch the unfolding relationship between Sandy Alderson,…moreIn the 1990s I covered the Oakland A's for the San Francisco Chronicle, and was intrigued to watch the unfolding relationship between Sandy Alderson, then the team's general manager, and his young protege, Billy Beane. Alderson built an A's team that won the 1989 World Series and innovated with using advanced statistical analysis. Later, Michael Lewis wrote a book about Beane that made him very famous. The movie version of the Lewis book had no character corresponding to Alderson, which struck many of us around at the time as an omission. I was drawn to tell the tale of the 1980s A's, led by the enlightened ownership of the Haas family, and to follow the story forward to Alderson's recent years as GM of the New York Mets, who in 2015 do indeed seem to be "revived," as my subtitle asserts. (less)
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“[On writing:] "There's a great quote by Julius Irving that went, 'Being a professional is doing the things you love to do, on the days you don't feel like doing them.'"

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“Yet each disappointment Ted felt in his wife, each incremental deflation, was accompanied by a seizure of guilt; many years ago, he had taken the passion he felt for Susan and folded it in half, so he no longer had a drowning, helpless feeling when he glimpsed her beside him in bed: her ropy arms and soft, generous ass. Then he’d folded it in half again, so when he felt desire for Susan, it no longer brought with it an edgy terror of never being satisfied. Then in half again, so that feeling desire entailed no immediate need to act. Then in half again, so he hardly felt it. His desire was so small in the end that Ted could slip it inside his desk or a pocket and forget about it, and this gave him a feeling of safety and accomplishment, of having dismantled a perilous apparatus that might have crushed them both. Susan was baffled at first, then distraught; she’d hit him twice across the face; she’d run from the house in a thunderstorm and slept at a motel; she’d wrestled Ted to the bedroom floor in a pair of black crotchless underpants. But eventually a sort of amnesia had overtaken Susan; her rebellion and hurt had melted away, deliquesced into a sweet, eternal sunniness that was terrible in the way that life would be terrible, Ted supposed, without death to give it gravitas and shape. He’d presumed at first that her relentless cheer was mocking, another phase in her rebellion, until it came to him that Susan had forgotten how things were between them before Ted began to fold up his desire; she’d forgotten and was happy — had never not been happy — and while all of this bolstered his awe at the gymnastic adaptability of the human mind, it also made him feel that his wife had been brainwashed. By him.”
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Steven Z. Thanks for the kind words. I am originally a New Yorker, now living the "retired life" in New Hampshire. I remember going to the Polo Grounds and watching Jim Hickman and Don Zimmer in 1962 having grown up in Brooklyn. Though I am a NYY fan first, this looks like a long year! I get back often as I have a son in Manhattan and love Citi Field...much more of a baseball garden than the monstrosity on 161st Street. I greatly enjoyed the book it was a wonderful diversion from the snow up here.
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